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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.

  • Masters Classic Championships

    Date: 20/10/2018 - 21/10/2018

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

    Location: Valley Leisure Centre
    Church Road
    Newtownabbey
    Belfast
    BT36 7LJ

    Details: Lifters must compete in these to be considered for international in 2019. However, lifters who become masters for the first time in 2019 will also be considered based on performance in 2018 national championships at Senior Level.

    Entrants will receive notification of entry folowed by notification of approval if these are not received contact championship secretary fred.sterry@btinternet.com or fred.sterry@britishpowerlifting.org.
    It is strogly recomended that you check the final list of entrant on this site as soon as posible fter the closing date for entries.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO LIFT IF YOU DON'T MAKE THE WEIGHT FOR YOUR NOMINATED CATEGORY.

    PLEASE NOTE REVISED WEIGH-IN TIMES:

    Saturday
    7am-8.30am
    11am-12.30pm
    2.30pm-4pm

    Sunday
    7am-8.30am
    12pm-1.30pm
    4.30pm-6pm

  • Bench Press

    Date: 28/10/2018 - 28/10/2018

    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.

    http://southeastpowerlifting.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SE-Bench-2018-Entry-Form.doc

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

  • SWPLA Bench Press and Deadlift Championships

    Date: 28/10/2018 - 28/10/2018

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

    Location: King's Park Drive, Bournemouth BH7 6JD (opposite Bowls Centre)

    Details: Mick Barry Benchpress and Deadlift Open Championships

    Sunday 28th October 2018

    Weigh-in: 08.30 to 10.00hrs for a 10.30hrs start.


    All enquiries to Paul Rees paulrees@bournemouthbarbell.co.uk

    Entry is £20 (£10 for Juniors 23 and under) for Bench press or deadlift
    or £30 (£15 for juniors) for both lifts.

    Awards will be made to the best male and female lifter on Wilks points with the Mick Barry Memorial Trophy being awarded to the overall best male or female lifter on Wilks points.
    Payment by bank transfer: sort code 40-13-06, account number 01406728 (you must state your name on the transfer)

  • Powerpalooza II

    Date: 03/11/2018 - 04/11/2018

    Division: North West

    Location: Power & Fitness, Kempston Street, Liverpool, L3 8HE

    Website: http://www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/calendar/2018/powerpalooza-ii/

    Details: On 3-4 November 2018, we will be holding the second Powerpalooza over at Power & Fitness, Liverpool.

    Entry fee will be £20, half price for sub-juniors.

    All enquiries to powerpalooza@nwpowerlifting.org.uk

  • YNE Open

    Date: 17/11/2018 - 18/11/2018

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Eggborough Sports and Social Club, Eggborough Power Station (https://eggborough.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/eggborough-sports---social-club-14343702.html)

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/373969046381174/

    Details: This competition is open to all age classes (both classic and equipped), the competition will be opened to guests 4 weeks out from the competition date if it hasn't been filled by YNE members.

  • Open Championships

    Date: 17/11/2018 - 18/11/2018

    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

    Saturday - Women & Junior Men
    Sunday - Master Men & Senior Men

  • Home Nations Championships

    Date: 17/11/2018 - 17/11/2018

    Location: Elysium Gym
    24 Duke Street
    Edinburgh
    EH6 8HQ

    Details: Teams selected by respective Home Nations.


    The competition venue is Elysium Training Systems, 24 Duke St, Edinburgh EH6 8HQ, (bottom of Leith walk).

    The banquet venue is the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AU,

  • Swindon Bitesize Competition

    Date: 24/11/2018 - 24/11/2018

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

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

    Details: This competition is open to all British Powerlifting members and can be used as a qualifying competition for British Powerlifting National competitions, in line with the British Powerlifting Qualifying Procedure.

  • Christmas Spectacular II

    Date: 09/12/2018 - 09/12/2018

    Division: North West

    Location: Fighting Fit
    2 Millow Street
    Manchester
    M4 4DR

    Website: http://www.nwpowerlifting.org.uk/calendar/2018/xmas-spectacular-ii/

    Details: The second Christmas Spectacular will be held on Sunday 9th December 2018 at Fighting Fit in Manchester.

    Entry will be £20 and half price for sub-juniors. Entry opens on 14th October and we expect to accommodate a few guests.

  • British Equipped Championships 2019

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

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

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

    The entry form will be available early November, but note that lifters must have their 2019 membership cards at the weigh-in.

  • British Equipped Bench Press Championships 2019

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

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

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

    The entry form will be available early November, but note that lifters must have their 2019 membership cards at the weigh-in.

  • British Classic Bench Press Championships

    Date: 17/02/2019 - 17/02/2019

    Location: Venue TBA

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

  • 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.

  • British Men's University Championships

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

    Location: Moulton College

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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