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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.

  • Super Training Classic 2019

    Date: 14/12/2019 - 15/12/2019

    Division: South West

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

    Website: http:/www.improveyourbench.co.uk/products/st-classic-2019-entry

    Details: 14/15th December at Super Training Gym, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham

    This will be a Classic competition and open to all divisions and age classes. Women on the Saturday and men on the Sunday.

    There will be 100 places in total with a 50/50 split between men and women.

    This competition can be used as a qualifier for all of next year's national classic championships.

    Entries will open on the 16th September. Members of Super Training Gym can sign up from the 1st September.

    Online sign-up form available below.

    New members can join British Powerlifting in November (which will cover you for the next 14 months) and submit your membership number when you receive it.

  • British Equipped Bench Press Championships 2020

    Date: 14/01/2020 - 19/01/2020

    Final Entry List and Programme: Click here for the final entry list and programme

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Details: You must lift in these to be cosidered for international selection in 2020.

    Lifting programme will be confirmed after closing date for entries.

    View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • British Equipped Championships 2020

    Date: 18/01/2020 - 19/01/2020

    Final Entry List and Programme: Click here for the final entry list and programme

    Location: Stanhope Hall
    Horncastle

    Details: You must lift in these to be considered for international selection in 2020.
    PROVISIONAL TIME TABLE,this may change after the closing date for entries
    SATURDAY Women 47kg to 72kg Men 59kg to 83kg

    SUNDAY Women 84kg & 84+kg Men 93kg & above

    Closing date for entries 14th December 2019

    Whilst you can enter these using your 2019 membership number, you must have renewed for 2020 in order to lift.

    Entries and approval will be acknowledge by email if you do not receive these emails contact the championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com

    Any questions with regard to this championship contact the above.

    The final list of entrants will be published after the closing date for entries it is strongly recommended you check this list
    It is advisable that travel and accommodation arrangements are not made
    until the order of competition is posted.

    See British Powerlifting Qualification procedure

    View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • South West Power 2020

    Date: 26/01/2020 - 26/01/2020

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

    Location: Holyrood Academy - Zembard Ln, Chard TA20 1JL (Main School Hall)

    Details: SOUTH WEST POWER 2020
    Sunday 26th January 2020

    Hosted at: Holyrood Academy - Zembard Ln, Chard TA20 1JL (Main School Hall)
    10 Guest spots only

    Entries open 1st November 2019
    This competition can be used as a qualifier for National events taking place later in the year,
    in line with the British Powerlifting Qualifying Procedure.

    Please send completed entry forms and direct any queries to emilygreenway@hotmail.com

    First time competing? Please do not hesitate to email ^ or message with any Qs.
    Please read the IPF rules & see the Approved Kit list.

    Entry Fees
    £25.00 – Seniors and above
    £15.00 – Sub-Juniors and Juniors
    T-shirt - £10 - If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt to receive at the competition
    please add £10 to your entry fee and state on your entry form what size you
    would like.

    Payment can be made via PayPal to info@swpla.co.uk or by cheque to : SWPLA Treasurer, 102 Allerton Crescent, Bristol, BS14 9PX


    Weigh-in Times
    8:00am – 9:30am with a 10am lift off: All Women
    12:00pm – 1:30pm with a 2pm lift off: All Men

    Please note these weigh-in times are subject to actual entries received no later than 1.00pm 27th December 2019.


    Nominated weight class or competition type (Classic/Equipped) cannot be changed after the closing date for entries 27th December 2019 - no late entries will be accepted.

    The event will be limited to a maximum of 75 competitors on a first come first served basis.

    Extra guest places for other divisions will be allocated if they are available after the closing date of the competition. A waiting list will be held on this basis, if the event becomes full before the closing date.

  • Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match

    Date: 09/02/2020 - 09/02/2020

    Division: South Midlands

    Location: Oxford University Sports Centre, Iffley Road, Oxford.

    Details: This is the annual Oxford v Cambridge University competition, with teams selected by their respective universities.

    Totals from this can be used as qualification for the British University Championships.

  • British Classic Junior Bench Press Championships 2020

    Date: 22/02/2020 - 23/02/2020

    Location: One NK
    Moor Ln,
    North Hykeham,
    Lincoln LN6 9AX

    Details: You must lift in these championships to be considered for international selection for 2020.

    The lifting programme will be confirmed after the closing date for entries.

    Whilst you can enter these using your 2019 membership number, you must have renewed for 2020 in order to lift.

    Closing date for entries 17th January 2020

    Entries and approval will be acknowledge by email if you do not receive these emails contact the championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com

    Any questions with regard to this championship contact the above.

    The final list of entrants will be published after the closing date for entries it is strongly recommended you check this list
    It is advisable that travel and accommodation arrangements are not made
    until the order of competition is posted.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • British Classic Bench Press Championships 2020

    Date: 22/02/2020 - 23/02/2020

    Location: One NK
    Moor Ln,
    North Hykeham,
    Lincoln LN6 9AX

    Details: You must lift in these championships to be considered for international selection for 2020.

    The lifting programme will be confirmed after the closing date for entries.

    Whilst you can enter these using your 2019 membership number, you must have renewed for 2020 in order to lift.

    Closing date for entries 17th January 2020

    Entries and approval will be acknowledge by email if you do not receive these emails contact the championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com

    Any questions with regard to this championship contact the above.

    The final list of entrants will be published after the closing date for entries it is strongly recommended you check this list
    It is advisable that travel and accommodation arrangements are not made
    until the order of competition is posted.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • SWPLA Development Competition plus University Qualifier

    Date: 23/02/2020 - 23/02/2020

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

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

    Details: Sunday 23rd February 2020 - Tiverton Weightlifting Club
    Sunningmead Community Centre, Lazenby Road, Wilcombe, Tiverton, EX16 4AL
    Female weigh in 08.00 - 9.30am. - Male weigh in 12.00 – 13:30
    Lifting starts at 10.00 (female) 14:00 (male)

    All enquiries to organiser / promoter mrattenberry@btinternet.com -
    01884 258478 / 0798 5746769

    Entry fees
    Development Lifters (your first comp or never placed in top 3) all will receive participation medal and free British Powerlifting membership next year.
    Sub Junior (18 or under) £20. - Junior (23 or under) £25 Senior (over 23) £40

    University Qualifiers – open comp
    Sub Junior (18 or under) £15. - Junior (23 or under) £15 Senior (over 23) £25

    50 entries maximum – SW members priority max 10 guests on first come basis
    Payments to paypal a/c info@swpla.co.uk
    Otherwise cheques made payable to " SWPLA "

  • British Women's Classic Championships 2020

    Date: 07/03/2020 - 08/03/2020

    Location: The Riccall Regen Centre
    Landing Lane
    Riccall
    YO19 6PW

    Details: You must compete in these to be considered for international selection in 2020.

    Provisional programme:

    Saturday - Up to 63kg

    Sunday - 72kg up.

    Closing date for entries is 31st January 2019

    Entries and approval will be acknowledge by email if you do not receive these emails contact the championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com

    Any questions with regard to this championship contact the above.

    The final list of entrants will be published after the closing date for entries it is strongly recommended you check this list.
    It is advisable that travel and accommodation arrangements are not made
    until the order of competition is posted.
    This is NOT an age group competition.

    See British Powerlifting Qualification procedure & current qualifying totals

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • Sheffield 2020 Powerlifting Championships

    Date: 28/03/2020 - 29/03/2020

    Location: Sheffield City Hall
    Barker's Pool
    Sheffield
    S4 7YA

    Details: This an invitational international championships jointly organised by the IPF and SBD.

    12 men and 12 women will be selected by the IPF based on their performances at World championships.

    The Men's competition will be on the Saturday and the Women's on Sunday.

    Full details on timings and tickets will. be available in due course.

  • British University Championships

    Date: 04/04/2020 - 08/04/2020

    Location: Moulton College, Northants

    Details: Only members who satisfy the following conditions may take part in a FISU European University Championships:
    a) Be a member of the national Federation they represent;
    b) Be at least 17 and less than 25 years of age on January 1st in the year of the event; for 2020, athletes must be born between 01/01/1995 and 31/12/2002
    c) Meet the conditions laid down under FISU Art. 5.2;
    Art. 5.2
    Only the following may participate as competitors in a FISU IPF University Championship:
    a) Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at a university or similar institute whose status is recognised by the appropriate national academic authority of their country;
    b) Former students of the institutions mentioned in a) who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event;

    Lifters must have achieved the required qualifying totals in order to enter.

    The top five teams (male and female), based on IPF points will be invited to go to the University World Cup

    Entries and approval will be acknowledged by email if this is not received
    contact the championship secretary fred.sterry@btinternet.com
    The final list of competitors will be posted immediately after the closing date for entries it is strongly recommended that those entered check this list.
    Any questions regarding these championships contact the above.
    See the BP qualifying procedure.& qualifying totals

  • British Men's Classic

    Date: 22/08/2020 - 23/08/2020

    Location: Manchester Grammar School

    Details: You must lift in these to be considered for international selection in 2021.
    PROVISIONAL TIME TABLE,this may change after the closing date for entries

    SATURDAY Up and including 93kg

    SUNDAY 105kg & above

    Closing date for entries 17th July 2020

    Entries and approval will be acknowledge by email if you do not receive these emails contact the championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com

    Any questions with regard to this championship contact the above.
    The final list of entrants will be published after the closing date for entries it is strongly recommended you check this list
    It is advisable that travel and accommodation arrangements are not made
    until the order of competition is posted.

    See British Powerlifting Qualification procedure & current qualifying totals
    This is NOT an age group competition.

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