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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.

  • British Equipped Championships 2019

    Date: 19/01/2019 - 20/01/2019

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

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Website: https://livestream.com/britishpowerlifting/2019BritishEquippedChampionships

    Details: Lifters wishing to be considered for international selection in 2019 must lift in these championships.

    Please note that 2019 membership cards must be shown at the weigh-in.

    Closing Date For Entries 22nd December 2018

    Entrants will receive notification of receipt of entry followed notification of approval if these are not received contact the championship secretary fred.sterry@btinternet.com fred.sterry@britishpowerlifting.org

    The final list of competitors will be posted after the closing date for entries and should should be checked immediately.

  • British Equipped Bench Press Championships 2019

    Date: 20/01/2019 - 20/01/2019

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

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Website: https://livestream.com/britishpowerlifting/2019BritishEquippedChampionships

    Details: Lifters wishing to be considered for international bench press team selection in 2019 must lift in these championships.

    Please note that lifters must have their 2019 membership cards at the weigh-in.

    Closing Date For Entries 22nd December 2018

    Entrants will receive notification of receipt of entry followed notification of approval if these are not received contact the championship secretary fred.sterry@btinternet.com fred.sterry@britishpowerlifting.org

    The final list of competitors will be posted after the closing date for entries and should should be checked immediately.

  • NWPL Juniors // Team Comp 2019

    Date: 02/02/2019 - 03/02/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: Power & Fitness, Liverpool

    Website: https://north-west-powerlifting2.fws.store/Competition_Entry/cat5524158_4188750.aspx

    Details: Entry will open on 8th December 2018.

    The NW Juniors will be held on 2 February 2019 and the infamous NW Team Comp will be held on 3 February 2019.

    Liverpool Barbell will be hosting this competition at Power & Fitness in Liverpool.

    There is no priority entry sift for this competition and entry will be available to purchase on 8 December 2019. It will close once capacity has been met or 3 weeks out.

    NW Junior Championships 2019

    There will be awards for top three in each weight class for sub-juniors and juniors.

    Team Comp

    The format will be 9 teams of 3 males and 9 teams of 3 females. The top three teams will be awarded trophies and the best male and female teams will win prizes.

    You must enter individually and cite your team's name to assist with the admin process. You can change the name if you wish once entered.


    The entry fee is £21 (£11 for sub-juniors). If you are a junior, open or masters lifter and enter as a sub-junior, your entry will be refunded.

  • British Classic Bench Press Championships

    Date: 23/02/2019 - 23/02/2019

    Location: Ousedale School
    The Grove
    Newport Pagnell
    Mk16 0LB

    Details: You must compete in these championships to be considered for international selection in 2019.

    2019 membership cards must be shown at the weigh-in

    Closing date 23rd January 2019

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries
  • British Women's Classic Championships

    Date: 02/03/2019 - 03/03/2019

    Location: LeAF,Oak Academy,Duck Lane, Bournemouth. BH11 9JJ

    Details: You must lift in these to be considered for international selection in 2019.

    Closing date for entries is Saturday 2nd February 2019.

    Provisional programme: Saturday up to an including 63kg and Sunday 72kg to +84kg

    The final lifting programme will be confirmed after entries close.

    Entrants will be notified when entry is received and when it has been approved
    if notification is not received contact championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com fred.sterry@britishpowerlifting.org

    The final list of competitors will be posted after the closing date for entries it is
    strongly recommended that this list is checked.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries
  • British Men's University Championships

    Date: 23/03/2019 - 24/03/2019

    Location: Moulton College, Northampton.

    Details: To be eligible to enter you must:
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    a) Be at least 17 and less than 25 years of age on January 1st 2019
    b) Be students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at a UK university or similar institute.
    c) Or be a former student of the institutions mentioned in b) who has obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event.

    Provisional progamme: Up to and including 83kg weight classes - Saturday, 93kg to +120kg weight classes - Sunday.

    Closing date for entries is Saturday 23rd February 2019.

    The lifting programme will be confirmed after entries have closed.

    The five best teams will be selected for the World University Cup based on the combined results of the British and Scottish championships. These will be calculated using IPF points for each team as per IPF rules.
    You will be notified when your entry has been approved,if you do not receive this notification contact the championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com fred.sterry@britishpowerlifting.org
    Final list of competitors will be posted after the closing date for entries it is
    strongly recommended that you check this list.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries
  • Manchester & Merseyside Championships 2019

    Date: 23/03/2019 - 24/03/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: UTS, South Wirral

    Website: http://www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/calendar/calendar2019/manchester-merseyside/

    Details: Entry will open on 26 January 2019. The priority entry process will apply. Entry fee is £25 with 50% off for sub-juniors.

  • South East Classic Championships

    Date: 30/03/2019 - 31/03/2019

    Division: South East

    Location: Astor College of the Arts, Astor Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT17 0AS

    Website: http://southeastpowerlifting.co.uk/wordpress/

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

    This competition is open to all age classes (classic/unequipped only) and will be subject to a 120 lifter limit over two days. Guest lifters welcome

  • SW Open Championships

    Date: 06/04/2019 - 07/04/2019

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

    Location: Gym 66, Unit 12 Bramery Business Park, Alstone Lane, Cheltenham GL51 8HE

    Details: SATURDAY 6th APRIL 2019 ALL WOMEN & UP TO 74KG MEN
    SUNDAY 7th APRIL 2019, 83KG TO 120+KG MEN
    WEIGH-IN 8.00 -9.30am. 10.00am START ON BOTH DAYS

    GUEST lifters limited to maximum of 10 at discretion of the promoter.

    Entry form is now available and has been updated agin (apologies for that). Note that 2019 membership is required to enter.

    PLEASE SEND PAYPAL PAYMENTS TO swpla@hotmail.co.uk NOT GBPF



  • British Women's University Championships

    Date: 13/04/2019 - 14/04/2019

    Location: Moulton College

    Details: You must lift in these to be considered for international selection in 2019.

  • South Midlands Open Championships

    Date: 20/04/2019 - 21/04/2019

    Division: South Midlands

    Location: Thorngate Hall,
    Bury Rd,
    Gosport
    PO12 3QX

    Website: https://mike2188.typeform.com/to/gXb6Gd

    Details: Flagship Divisional Event.

    This Competition is open to any member of British Powerlifting, Equipped or Classic.

    We are bringing a National Level quality competition to any who enter. This is the site of the 2016 British Equipped Championship!

    The event will be MC'd by the legendary IPF MC Geno Biancheri.

    White Lights Media photography will be present to capture all your best moments!

    Alongside your standard competition, saturday evening will play host to an invitational spectacular involving some of British Powerliftings top lifters!
    Entry to this will be free for all of the weekends lifters.

    There is an onsite Cafe and parking is available.

    Entry capped at 120 - 30 Pounds Entry Fee

  • Cumbria Championships 2019

    Date: 28/04/2019 - 28/04/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: Snap Fitness, Carlisle

    Website: http://www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/calendar/calendar2019/cumbria-championships/

    Details: Entry will open on 3 March 2019.

    If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@nwpowerlifting.org.uk

  • South East Bridge Road Spring Divisional

    Date: 28/04/2019 - 28/04/2019

    Division: South East

    Location: Bridge Road Barbell, 2 Bridge Industrial Estate, Bridge Road, Camberley GU15 2QR

    Website: southeastpowerlifting.co.uk/wordpress

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

    This competition is open to all age classes (classic and equipped) and will be subject to a 40 lifter limit. Guest lifters welcome

  • Men's All England Championships 2019

    Date: 01/06/2019 - 02/06/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: Manchester Grammar School, Old Hall Ln, Manchester M13 0XT

    Website: https://north-west-powerlifting2.fws.store/Mens_All_England_Powerlifting_Championships_2019/p5524157_19188982.aspx

    Details: The North West will be hosting the Men's All England Powerlifting Championships 2019.

    Electronic entry will open at 9am on 6 April 2019. Checkout will be enabled on the link below accordingly.

    If you have any questions regarding the competition/entry, please contact technical@nwpowerlifting.org.uk. If you have any questions regarding QTs, please contact English Powerlifting Association.

  • English Bench Press Championships

    Date: 22/06/2019 - 22/06/2019

    Location: Ousedale School
    The Grove
    Newport Pagnell
    Mk16 0LB

    Details: All age groups, equipped and classic.

    Anyone wishing to be considered for the Commonwealth Championships must lift in these championships.

  • North West Powerlifting Championships 2019

    Date: 13/07/2019 - 14/07/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: Steel Habitat, Liverpool

    Details: Invites will be sent from 18 May 2019 in order of wilks since North West Powerlifting Championships 2018. There will be no general entry.

    Entry fee is £25 with 50% off for sub-juniors.

  • Inter-Divisional Championships

    Date: 28/07/2019 - 28/07/2019

    Location: Ousedale School
    The Grove
    Newport Pagnell
    Mk16 0LB

    Details: Open to all English divisions.

    Entry details will be issued early in 2019.

  • NWPL Masters // NWPL Bench Press Championships

    Date: 18/08/2019 - 18/08/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: DJS Fitness, Stalybridge

    Details: Entry will open on 23 June 2019. There will be no priority entry. Entry fee is £20 for the Masters and £15 for Bench Championships. 50% off for sub-juniors.

  • South East Bench Press

    Date: 20/10/2019 - 20/10/2019

    Division: South East

    Location: The Fitness Centre, Vicarage Road, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2BL

    Website: http://southeastpowerlifting.co.uk/wordpress/

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

    This competition is open to all age classes (classic and equipped) and will be subject to a 40 lifter limit. Guest lifters welcome

  • British Masters Classic Championships

    Date: 26/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

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


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

  • Powerpalooza III

    Date: 02/11/2019 - 03/11/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: Power & Fitness, Liverpool

    Website: http://www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/calendar/calendar2019/powerpalooza-3/

    Details: Entry will open on 7 September. The priority entry process will apply. Entry fee is £25 with 50% off for sub-juniors.

  • South East Open Championships

    Date: 02/11/2019 - 03/11/2019

    Division: South East

    Location: Astor College of the Arts, Astor Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT17 0AS

    Website: http://southeastpowerlifting.co.uk/wordpress/

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

    This competition is open to all age classes (classic and equipped) and will be subject to a 120 lifter limit over two days. Guest lifters welcome

  • Christmas Spectacular III

    Date: 08/12/2019 - 08/12/2019

    Division: North West

    Location: Fighting Fit, Manchester

    Website: http://www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/calendar/calendar2019/christmas-spectacular/

    Details: Entry will open on 13 October 2019. There will be no priority entry. Entry fee is £20 with 50% off for sub-juniors.

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