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British Powerlifting has a comprehensive competition programme starting at local level and progressing through national up to British Championships. These attract a large number of lifters, for example over 400 athletes competed in the 2015 British Classic Championships. We send teams to all European and World Championships across all the age groups and disciplines with a high degree of success.

You are never too young or old to make a start in powerlifting; competitors aged 14 year and upwards are welcome. Equally, you are never too old. Several 70+ competitors still represent Britain internationally and many 'masters' lifters only take the sport up in their 40s or 50s. Powerlifting is a great sport with an unrivalled camaraderie which promotes health, strength and vitality. If you decide to take your first steps in the sport and want to lift in an independently drug tested organisation with an established network of local divisions, choose British Powerlifting.

  • South East Push and Pull

    Date: 02/07/2017 - 02/07/2017

    Division: South East

    Location: The Fitness Centre, Vicarage Rd, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2BL

    Website: http://www.britishpowerliftingsoutheast.co.uk

    Details: Entry form available from the South East website 6 weeks before competition date.

  • The Roses Cup

    Date: 16/07/2017 - 16/07/2017

    Division: North West

    Location: Fighting Fit
    2 Millow Street
    Manchester
    M4 4DR

    Website: www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/competitions

    Details: This year, the North West will be hosting the annual team competition against Yorkshire North East. This is an invite only competition. All enquiries to gensec@nwpowerlifting.org.uk

  • South Wales Cup

    Date: 23/07/2017 - 23/07/2017

    Division: Wales

    Location: Swansea University Sports Village
    Sketty Lane
    Sketty
    Swansea
    SA2 8QB

    Website: http://www.walespowerlifting.com/competitions

    Details: Weigh in 8:30 am

    Lift off 10:30 am

    Entry fee - £25

    Entries open - 1st June 2017

    Entries close - 7th July 2017

    You must be a member of British Powerlifting to enter this competition.

    Enter via the WPA website (link below).

    Guest lifters from other divisions welcome. Entries will be capped at 45.

  • British Womens Classic Championships

    Date: 29/07/2017 - 30/07/2017

    Location: Astor College, Dover

    Details: You must compete in these championships to be considered for international selection in 2018.

    The provisional programme will be confirmed in due course, but is expected to be the same as last year. The final programme will be confirmed after the closing date.

    CLOSING DATE IS FRIDAY 30TH JUNE 2017

    Lifters are reminded anyone who helps/coaches in the warm-up area must be a British Powerlifting member and should have their membership card with them,one helper/coach per lifter.
    Confirmation emails of application and approval of entries will be sent,if these are not received contact Championship Secretary.
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com fred.sterry@britishpowerlifting.org.

    The list of entrants indicates the their age group for information only.
    This is not an age group competition.

    IMPORTANT - ALL COACHES MUST BE ACCREDITED AT THE WEIGH-IN AND HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP CARDS WITH THEM. ACCESS TO THE WARM UP AND HOLDING AREA IS RESTRICTED TO LIFTERS AND ACCREDITED COACHES ONLY.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries
  • NM Classic championship

    Date: 05/08/2017 - 06/04/2017

    Division: North Midlands

    Location: TBC

    Website: www.nmpowerlifting.co.uk

    Details: Open to all NM members to lift in a classic (unequipped) competition.
    Expected to run over 2 days, pending final numbers, with men lifting on the 5th and ladies on the 6th.

  • East Midlands Masters, Juniors and Novice Classic

    Date: 12/08/2017 - 12/08/2017

    Location: Yardley Gobion WLC Northants

    Details: Organiser Steve Walker

  • SWPLA Bitesize Competition

    Date: 12/08/2017 - 12/08/2017

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

    Location: Swindon Barbell, Unit 1, Trow Lane, Lyneham, SN15 4DL

    Details: LIMIT ON ENTRIES NOW REACHED - ALL OTHERS WILL GO ON THE WAITING LIST.

    Saturday 12th August 2017: weigh-in 9-10.20 am for a 11am start.

    Maximum of 20 lifters with priority for SW members.

    Guest entry will open 8th July providing spaces are available.

    Entry fees: £25 - senior, £15 - junior.

    Closing date - 22nd July.

  • Cumbria Championships

    Date: 13/08/2017 - 13/08/2017

    Division: North West

    Location: tbc
    Carlisle

    Details: This competition will run over a single day and will be capped at 50 lifters. We welcome classic and equipped, bench only and full power, and guests from other divisions.

  • YNE Summer Divisional

    Date: 19/08/2017 - 20/08/2017

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre, Ashington

    Website: http://www.ynepf.co.uk/competitions/competition-entry/

    Details: Entry open to all YNEPF lifters and will open 8 weeks out from the competition date (3rd June), places to guest lifters will be opened 6 weeks out from the competition date. Entry will close 3 weeks out from the competition date.

    The competition will be capped at 100 lifters, if less than 50 entries are received, the competition will be reduced to one day.

  • South East Summer Qualifier

    Date: 20/08/2017 - 20/08/2017

    Division: South East

    Location: Astor College, Astor Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT17 0AS

    Website: http://www.britishpowerliftingsoutheast.co.uk

    Details: Entry form available from the South East website 6 weeks before competition date.

    Please note that Astor College of the Arts in Dover, Kent has now been confirmed as a host for this competition.

  • YNE Classic and Equipped Bench

    Date: 27/08/2017 - 27/08/2017

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Titanium Strength Gym, Sheffield

    Website: http://www.ynepf.co.uk/competitions/competition-entry/

    Details: Entry is open to all YNEPF lifters and will open 8 weeks out from the competition date (24th June), places to guest lifters will be opened 6 weeks out from the competition date. Entry will close 3 weeks out from the competition date.

    Classic lifters will lift in the morning, equipped lifters will lift in the afternoon.

  • Ravenscraig Open

    Date: 27/08/2017 - 27/08/2017

    Division: Scotland

    Location: Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
    1 O'Donnell Way
    Motherwell
    ML1 2TZ

    Website: http://www.scottishpowerlifting.com/event/open-competition/

    Details: Roll up! Roll up! Get your knee sleeves/wraps on here!

    No qualifying totals. No age category limits. Just squat, bench and deadlift, with or without equipment.

  • North West Championships

    Date: 02/09/2017 - 03/09/2017

    Division: North West

    Location: North West Strength Expo
    Bowlers
    Old Trafford
    Manchester

    Details: The NW's flagship event of the year. This will be held over 2 days and 100 of the North West's best lifters will be invited to battle it out for supremacy. We do not anticipate being able to accommodate guests from other divisions.

  • South East Autumn Qualifier

    Date: 24/09/2017 - 24/09/2017

    Division: South East

    Location: Bridge Road Barbell, Unit 2, Bridge Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 2QR

    Website: http://www.britishpowerliftingsoutheast.co.uk

    Details: Entry form available from the South East website 6 weeks before competition date.

  • Scottish Junior Championship

    Date: 24/09/2017 - 24/09/2017

    Division: Scotland

    Location: Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
    1 O'Donnell Way
    Motherwell,
    North Lanarkshire,
    ML1 2TZ

    Website: http://www.scottishpowerlifting.com/event/junior-championships/

    Details: Will you still be under 23 on 31 December this year? Then you’re lucky enough to be able to compete as a Junior still!

    Always a lively day, get your entries in fast (once it opens) as this might just fill up!

  • SWPLA Mick Barry Memorial Push Pull Championships

    Date: 24/09/2017 - 24/09/2017

    Division: South West

    Location: Nailsworth Strength and Fitness
    The old Tradeplas Buildings
    Stroud Road
    Nailsworth
    GL6 0BE

    Website: http://www.nailsworthstrengthandfitness.co.uk/booking/mick-barry-benchpress-deadlift-open-championships

    Details: Nailsworth Strength and Fitness will be hosting the Mick Barry Benchpress and Deadlift Championships on September 24th, 2017.

    To compete in this competition you must be a member of British Powerlifting, you will need to submit your membership number when buying your ticket to compete. You can apply for your membership here: https://www.britishpowerlifting.org/buy-membership, when you apply online you will receive your membership number immediately.

    You can compete in the benchpress or deadlift only, or you can compete in both lifts. Awards will be made to the best male and female lifters on Wilks points with the Mick Barry Memorial Trophy being awarded to the overall best male or female lifter on Wilks points. 
    Weigh-in will start at 0900 and finish at 1030, lifting will commence at 1100.

    Enter via the Nailsworth Strength and Fitness web-site:

    http://www.nailsworthstrengthandfitness.co.uk/booking/mick-barry-benchpress-deadlift-open-championships

  • SWPLA Devon & Cornwall Championships

    Date: 15/10/2017 - 15/10/2017

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

    Location: Sunningmead Community Centre, Lazenby Road, Wilcombe, Tiverton, EX16 4AL

    Details: All enquiries to organiser / promoter
    Mark Rattenberry:

    mrattenberry@btinternet.com
    01884 258478 / 0798 5746769

    Entries will be limited to 50 maximum on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to Devon & Cornwall lifters, then SW, then guests.

    Entry is £20 for Seniors and £10 for Juniors
    Cheques made payable to " SWPLA ". The entry form is provided below.

    LATE ENTRIES WON'T BE ACCEPTED.

  • British Men's Classic Championships

    Date: 21/10/2017 - 22/10/2017

    Location: Hyndburn Sports Centre, Accrington

    Details: You must lift in these to be considered for international selection in 2018.

    PLEASE NOTE that these championships have been put back one week due to maintenance at the venue.

  • South East Bench Press

    Date: 29/10/2017 - 29/10/2017

    Division: South East

    Location: The Fitness Centre, Vicarage Rd, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2BL

    Website: http://www.britishpowerliftingsoutheast.co.uk

    Details: Entry form available from the South East website 6 weeks before competition date.

    Please note that the date of this competition has changed from the 22nd of October to the 29th of October.

  • YNE Open

    Date: 04/11/2017 - 05/11/2017

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Eggborough Sports and Leisure Complex

    Website: http://www.ynepf.co.uk/competitions/competition-entry/

    Details: Entry is open to all YNEPF lifters and will open 8 weeks out from the competition date (9th September). Entry will close 3 weeks before the competition date.

    This competition will be capped at 100 lifters.

    At this time it is not anticipated that guest spaces will be offered for this competition.

  • YNE Equipped and Novices

    Date: 11/11/2017 - 12/11/2017

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Hirst Welface Centre, Ashington

    Website: http://www.ynepf.co.uk/competitions/competition-entry/

    Details: Entry is open to all YNEPF novice classic / equipped lifters (0 or 1 competitions to date), entry will open 8 weeks out from the competition date, places to guest lifters will be opened 6 weeks out from the competition date. Entry will close 3 weeks out from the competition date.

    This competition will be capped at 50 lifters.

  • South East Championships

    Date: 11/11/2017 - 12/11/2017

    Division: South East

    Location: Astor College, Astor Ave, Dover, Kent, CT17 0AS

    Website: http://www.britishpowerliftingsoutheast.co.uk

    Details: Entry form available from the South East website 6 weeks before competition date.

    Saturday 11th - All Women & Junior Men

    Sunday 12th – Master Men & Senior Men

  • November Divisional

    Date: 12/11/2017 - 12/11/2017

    Division: North West

    Location: Power & Fitness Gym
    67 Kempston Street
    Liverpool
    L3 8HE

    Website: www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/competitions

    Details: Due to last minute changes to the national calendar, this will no longer be a novice competition. More details will be made available as soon as we have agreed them.

  • NM Four Counties championship

    Date: 18/11/2017 - 19/11/2017

    Division: North Midlands

    Location: tbc

    Website: www.nmpowerlifting.co.uk

    Details: This is open to all NM members only and run over two days.
    An entry form with weigh in and start times etc will be available to download from the NM website 8 weeks prior to comp date.

  • British Junior Classic Championship

    Date: 24/11/2017 - 26/11/2017

    Division: Scotland

    Location: Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
    1 O'Donnell Way
    Motherwell,
    Scotland
    ML1 2TZ

    Details: See the best of British Juniors take to the platform, at this 3 day extravaganza.

  • British Masters Classic Qualilfier

    Date: 09/12/2017 - 10/12/2017

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle.

    Details: This is an additional competition to facilitate selections for the European Masters Classic Championship March 2018. Anyone wishing to be considered for the GBR team must compete here.

    Entries will also be accepted for any lifter becoming a master in 2018.

    Provisional programme:

    Saturday - Women 47kg to 72kg and Men 59kg to 74kg

    Sunday - Women 84kg & 84kg+ and Men 83kg to 120kg+

    The entry form will go live in September.

    A British Masters Classic Championships will be held October 2018 in Belfast.

    Note venue change to Stanhope Hall and change of dates..

  • British Equipped Championships 2017

    Date: 20/01/2018 - 21/01/2018

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Details: All lifters wishing to be considered for equipped international selection in 2018, must lift in these championships.

    Entry form will go live in October.

  • British Equipped Bench Press Championships 2018

    Date: 20/01/2018 - 21/01/2018

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Details: All lifters wishing to be considered for international bench press selection must lift in these championships.

    These will be run in parallel with the full power equipped championships.

    Entry form will go live in October.

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