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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 or even later. 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.

  • SWPLA Bournemouth Barbell Powerlifting 2021

    Date: 30/05/2021 - 30/05/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: Bournemouth Barbell HQ
    3 Ovington Gardens, Bournemouth, BH7 6RT

    Website: https://www.swpla.co.uk/bournemouth-barbell-may-2021

    Details: SOUTH WEST POWERLIFTING ASSOCIATION, DORSET COUNTY POWERLIFTING MAY 2021

    ENTRY FORM ON WEBSITE

    SUNDAY 30TH MAY,
    WEIGH-IN 8.30 – 10.00am.
    10.30am START

    LIMITED PLACES. Please enquire to Paul Rees (email and phone below) BEFORE entering.

    For more information contact: dpaul.rees@ntlworld.com
    Tel: 07780 924546, Facebook Paul Rees (Bournemouth Barbell)

    Or email info@swpla.co.uk

  • English Benchpress Championships 2021

    Date: 12/06/2021 - 13/06/2021

    Location: VENUE CHANGED TO:

    Champion Strength & Conditioning
    12 Peverel Drive
    Milton Keynes
    MK1 1NL

    Website: http://championstrength.co.uk/english-bench-press-2021/?fbclid=IwAR2W9gOafOnCOxjCj04waPIywCvkbTw8u0Hq-Xdr2TZOeiMlvzSpiaQwZck

    Details: DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF ENTRIES THE EQUIPPED WILL BE ON THE FRIDAY EVENING.

    English Bench Press Championships 2021 - 11th (evening), 12th & 13th June.

    To enter a lifter must have recorded a bench press lift in a British Powerlifting recognised event since the last English Bench press and prior to the closing date for this one (09/05/2021). Lifting under, British Powerlifting/IPF rules. All Lifters must be current BP Members. Drug testing may be carried out at this comp.

    Online Entry £35 or £60 if you wish to compete in classic & equipped; visit be sure to fill out all relevant sections of the entry form. If you require an alternative payment method please contact Faye Jordan at events@championstrength.co.uk or 07548230904.

    Event tee-shirt available to pre-order now at: https://www.universaluniform.co.uk/product/english-benchpress-championships-2021/

    Closing date for entries is 9th May 2021, no entries will be accepted after this date. The competition will be capped at 200 lifters.

    Competition schedule will be announced shortly after the closing date.

    Spectator entry will be £5 cash on the door – under 14s free.

    There will be refreshments available on site, there is also a Tesco adjacent to the venue. There is Free Parking and disabled access.

    Any queries to fayejordanstrengthsports@gmail.com

  • Yorkshire and North East June Competition

    Date: 19/06/2021 - 19/06/2021

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Riccall, Landing Lane, Riccall, York YO19 6PW

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: All age-group competition, classic and equipped, including bench only

  • British Equipped Championships

    Date: 26/06/2021 - 27/06/2021

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Details: These championships will be subject to prevailing COVID-19 restrictions.

    Qualifying totals from 2019 onwards, post the Equipped Championships, will be accepted.

    You need not have qualified in the bodyweight class you enter, but in this case you must have qualified in another class. Weight class changes are not permitted after the closing date. The results of your qualifying competition must be available on-line.

    CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY 21st MAY 2021

    The equipped bench press will be run on the Sunday and there is a separate entry form.

    You must lift in these championships to be considered for international selection.

    ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL 3/10/21 - GBR have four reserved places each for men and women. These will be selected based on IPF points gained at these championships including the option of one wild card for each gender.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • British Equipped Bench Press Championships

    Date: 27/06/2021 - 27/06/2021

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Details: These championships will be subject to prevailing COVID-19 restrictions.

    Qualifying totals from 2019 onwards, post the Equipped Championships, will be accepted.

    You need not have qualified in the bodyweight class you enter, but in this case you must have qualified in another class. Weight class changes are not permitted after the closing date. The results of your qualifying competition must be available on-line.

    CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY 21st MAY 2021

    You must lift in these championships to be considered for international selection.

    Weigh-in and start times will be confirmed after the closing date.

    ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL 3/10/21 - GBR have six reserved places each for men and women. These will be selected based on IPF points gained at these championships including the option of one wild card for each gender.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • Super Training Summer Showdown

    Date: 03/07/2021 - 04/07/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: There is ample parking on site. The full address and location for the event is:

    Super Training Gym
    Malvern View Business Park
    Stella Way
    Bishops Cleeve
    Cheltenham
    GL52 7DQ

    Details: Date: 03/07/2021 - 04/07/2021

    Division: South West
    Location: Super Training Gym, Malvern View Business Park, Stella Way, Cheltenham, GL52 7DQ

    Entry Form: Currently Full.

    Please e-mail info@super-training.co.uk to be added to the waiting list.
    Details: This is open to men and women in all age classes.

    Schedule of lifting will be determined by the 12th April 2021.

    Closing date is 1st June 2021, there are no refunds after this closing date.

    Please direct all questions to: info@super-training.co.uk


  • Scottish Summer Open

    Date: 11/07/2021 - 11/07/2021

    Division: Scotland

    Location: Elysium Gym, Duke St, Edinburgh

    Website: https://www.scottishpowerlifting.com/

    Details: 3 lift competition capped at 30 lifters to test viability of comps under Covid guidelines

    PLEASE NOTE: Entries for this competition are now FULL. We are operating a waiting list system. If you want a space on the waiting list you can still fill out the entry form but DO NOT pay unless you are contacted by someone from Scottish Powerlifting and asked to do so. Being on the waiting list will not guarantee you competition entry and is operated as a first come, first served system. Paying for your space without being asked to will not move you up the list or get you a space at this competition.

  • Yorkshire and North East July Competition

    Date: 18/07/2021 - 18/07/2021

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, York YO19 6PW

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: All age-group competition, classic and equipped, including bench only.

  • British Master's Classic Championships

    Date: 24/07/2021 - 25/07/2021

    Location: Moulton College
    Northants

    Details: These championships will be subject to any COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

    Qualifying totals from 2019 will be accepted, BUT THEY MUST EQUAL OR EXCEED THE CURRENT NUMBERS ON THE WEBSITE.

    You need not have qualified in the bodyweight class you enter, but in this case you must have qualified in another class. Weight class changes are not permitted after the closing date. The results of your qualifying competition must be available on-line.

    You must lift in these to be considered for the World Master's team.

    This will be a two platform competition.

    Closing date for entries is 19th June.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • Men's All England Championships 2021

    Date: 31/07/2021 - 01/08/2021

    Division: North West

    Location: Oasis Academy Oldham
    Hollins Rd,
    Oldham
    Greater Manchester
    OL8 4JZ

    Details: Further details regarding the event will be released shortly via the English Powerlifting Association website.

    Please contact Jacob Wymer at jacobwymer@hotmail.co.uk for enquiries in the meantime..

    These championships will be subject to any COVID-19 restrictions in force at the time.

  • Yorkshire and North East August Competition

    Date: 21/08/2021 - 21/08/2021

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, York YO19 6PW

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: All age-group competition, classic and equipped, including bench only

  • South West Women’s Powerlifting Championships 2021

    Date: 22/08/2021 - 22/08/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: Royal Wootton Bassett RFC, Malmesbury Rd, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8DS

    Website: https://swindonbarbell.com/contact-us/south-west-womens-powerlifting-champs-2021-entry-form/

    Details: Entry fees: £39 senior, £29 junior.

    There will be a South West Women’s Championships 2021 souvenir t-shirt available.
    The price is £10 per t-shirt.

    The closing date is Saturday 8 August 2021.

    No late entries will be accepted, and payment must be made before the closing date. If you are unable to make the competition, please inform the organisers at lifter@swindonbarbell.com.

    Your place can then be offered to people on the waiting list. No entry fee refunds will be given for cancellations notified after the closing date.

    PLEASE NOTE WEIGH IN TIMES WILL BE PUBLISHED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE

    If you have any further enquiries please also contact us at lifter@swindonbarbell.com
    Please use this page to apply to take part in the South West Powerlifting Association’s Women’s championships 2021. If you applied in 2020 please state on the application for that you did and if you received a refund or not.

    The competition is open to all British Powerlifting members, with entry priority given first to entrants living within The South West Region. When the closing date has passed any remaining spaces will be offered to entrants from other British Powerlifting divisions (guest spaces)

    A waiting list will be held, and places offered following the priority above. Spaces offered from the waiting list be held for 48 hours, after which the space will be offered to another entrant if no reply is received. The waiting list will be held on a first come first serve basis, so early entries will have priority.

  • East Midlands Senior Classic

    Date: 28/08/2021 - 29/08/2021

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Flitwick Village Hall

    Website: http://championstrength.co.uk/east-midlands-senior-classic-championships/

    Details: Women 28th August, Men 29th August

  • British Open Classic 2021

    Date: 04/09/2021 - 05/09/2021

    Location: Oasis Academy
    Hollins Rd
    Oldham
    Greater Manchester
    OL8 4JZ

    Details: This year's British Classic will combine the men and women and will be subject to any COVID-19 restriction in force at the time.

    Further updates are to follow via social media/NWPL website.

    PLEASE NOTE: This competition will not affect team selection for the World Classic 2021 and a separate selection criteria will be implemented in that regard, However, totals from this competition will be taken into account for the European Classic 2021,

    Qualifying totals from 2019 on will be accepted, but they must equal or exceed the current numbers on the website. Provided you have qualified in one weight class you can enter in another if you wish.

    For competition enquiries, please contact Kim Cowell at technical@nwpowerlifting.org.uk

    The entry form will go live towards the end of June.

    The lifting programme will be confirmed after the closing date for entries 30th July 2021.

  • SWPLA Open Men's Championships 2021

    Date: 18/09/2021 - 18/09/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: Wadham School, Yeovil Rd, Crewkerne TA18 7NT

    Website: https://www.swpla.co.uk/

    Details: Entries open 26th July 2021.

    This is open to men in all age classes. Priority will be given to members of the South West region. Schedule of lifting will be determined after the closing date.

    If you want to enter as a guest (not a member of the South West region) you may. These are not charged but are placed on a waiting list, if there are still places available after the closing date we will contact you for payment and confirm your entry.

    Please direct all questions to:
    info@swpla.co.uk

  • British Junior Classic Championships

    Date: 20/10/2021 - 24/10/2021

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre
    Alexandra Road
    Ashington
    NE63

    Details: You must lift in these championships to be considered for international selection in 2022.

    This is a five day event and the lifting programme is likely to be similar to the 2019 championships. This will be confirmed in due course.

  • YNE Winter Open

    Date: 27/11/2021 - 28/11/2021

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, York YO19 6PW

    Details: Open competition, classic and equipped, including bench only

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