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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.

  • 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

  • Greater London England Championship Qualifiers

    Date: 20/06/2021 - 20/06/2021

    Division: Greater London - Inner & Outer Boroughs

    Location: Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club

    Website: gbpflondon.org

    Details: This is for GL athletes to qualify for the upcoming English Championships

  • British Equipped Championships

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

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

    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.

    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.

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  • British Equipped Bench Press Championships

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

    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


  • SWPLA Bournemouthbarbell Powerlifting 2021

    Date: 10/07/2021 - 10/07/2021

    Division: South West

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

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

    Details: SWPLA Divisional qualifier 2 Saturday July 10th Bournemouth.

    Hosts . Bournemouthbarbell

    Venue. 3,Ovington Gardens, Bournemouth, BH76RT. APPLICATIONS.

    Request availability first please via contact below Competition numbers capped at 20 only.

    Venue has been used successfully recently but is smaller than our normal setting.

    Entry cost Senior £25 Junior /sub junior £15 This event is run on a not for profit basis.

    Timetable.
    EARLIEST Arrival 8.15 am If ?? COVID restrictions are still in place please take an appropriate test just before the competition.


    WEIGH IN 8.30-10 am Have kit and openers ready for the administrator who will sit with the referee.


    LIFTING STARTS at 10.30am
    Organisation decision at the discretion of the referees at 10 am.
    But the intention is two groups back to back throughout the competition - squat1/ squat2 ..Bench1/ Bench2 20 minutes after each discipline to arrange platform and rest refs etc.


    Entry form on our website.
    Contact Janet Dickinson or Paul Via Paulrees@ Bournemouthbarbell.co.uk Messenger via Paul Rees (Bournemouthbarbell ) Tel 07780924546

  • 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.

  • South Midlands Summer sizzler

    Date: 17/07/2021 - 18/07/2021

    Division: South Midlands

    Location: Gosport

    Website: https://southmidlandspl.typeform.com/to/PkGAsHOf

    Details: The South Midlands will be running a - Summer Sizzler Competition.

    Dates are Saturday & Sunday the 17th & 18th July. Location is Gosport - address is on the form.

    you must have an active British Powerlifting Membership to enter.

    everything is subject to change in line with the prevailing guidance - details are on the form & an explanation of how priority of is worked are listed, please read.
    if you entered our last comp to be cancelled (excluding the MK Barbell comps) and you didn't claim a refund, you will be prioritised for the event - assuming you have renewed your membership.

    Please try to contain your questions, as we will not be able to answer a lot of detail, until nearer the time. we are fully expecting Bojo and the boys to not deliver so we are prepared to adjust within reasonable parameters...

    If you havent trained, or will be doing a national / international, this year. Please think of others who will want to lift, before taking up an entry spot. Demand always outstrips Supply with comps, dont be a dick.

    there is no reserve list, currently we are providing 100 spaces. South Midlands lifters will be prioritised

    entry form can be completed:

    https://southmidlandspl.typeform.com/to/PkGAsHOf

    google sheet of entries is:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JepIEwLxmYbG6J9OJ9jYEsotvDjF5cssbC5sV7-lqeo/edit?usp=sharing

  • South East Classic Championships

    Date: 17/07/2021 - 18/07/2021

    Division: South East

    Location: Astor College for 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.

  • 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.

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  • Welsh Powerlifting Summer Slam

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

    Division: Wales

    Location: Synergi Weigtlifting Club
    Unit J5, Colchester Avenue, Industrial Estate, Cardiff, CF23 9AP

    Website: www.walespowerlifting.com/pages/competitions

    Details: WPA Summer Slam
    24th-25th July 2021
    Please read the information on the Welsh Powerlifting Association website regarding Covid-19 restrictions in place.


    Entries:
    Entries will be capped at 60 lifters in total.
    WPA members only. No Guests. Please ensure you are a member of WPA prior to entry.
    Entries open at 11am on 14th June 2021
    Entries close at 10am on 5th July 2021

  • 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

    Website: www.allengland2021.co.uk

    Details: 'The Men's All England Championships will be held on Saturday 31st July/Sunday 1st August at Oasis Academy Oldham, Greater Manchester.

    To enter this competition you must have obtained a qualifying total within a British Powerlifting sanctioned event. Due to the circumstances around Covid-19, qualifying totals achieved since the last All England's, June 3rd 2019, will be accepted.

    There are 120 spaces available for entry; closing on Monday 5th July, or once spaces are filled. Weight class changes or refunds will not be accepted after this date.

    We're pleased to announce this event is sponsored by EST Barbell, Raw Strength Gym and A7 UK.

    Best Overall and Single Lift placings will be determined using the DOTS formula, with prizes being provided by EST Barbell and A7 UK.

    If you wish to volunteer to help at this event, please get in touch.

    Please contact Jacob Wymer at jacobwymer@hotmail.co.uk with any further questions.’

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

  • British Classic Bench Press Championships

    Date: 07/08/2021 - 07/08/2021

    Location: Moulton College
    Northants

    Details: To be held Saturday 7th August.

    This will be a two platform competition for all age groups.

    Prevailing COVID-19 restrictions will apply.

    The closing date for entries will be 3rd July.

    Qualifying total from 2019 to date will be accepted, but they must equal or exceed the current QTs on the website. As a temporary measure, lifters are also permitted to enter in a different bodyweight category to the one in which they qualified.

    Organisers: Faye Jordan & Andy Champ
    Contact Details:
    07548230904
    Events@championstrength.co.uk

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  • 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

  • All England Ladies Championships

    Date: 21/08/2021 - 22/08/2021

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Champion Strength Milton Keynes

    Website: events@championstrength.co.uk

    Details: Entry at www.championstrength.co.uk/ladies-all-England-championships-2021.

    Closing date 18th July 2021.

    Event organiser Faye Jordan

  • 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.

  • South East Summer Divisional

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

    Division: South East

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

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

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

  • 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 2nd August 2021.

    JUNIOR SELECTIONS - any junior who competes in these championships, but did not lift in the 2019 British Juniors will now be considered for the European Championships Junior Team.

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  • 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

  • East Midlands Masters & Novices

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

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Yardley Gobion Recreational Center,
    School Lane,
    Yardley Gobion,
    Northants
    NN12 7UL.

    Website: Steeplejack.60@outlook.com

    Details: Entry Form East Midlands Website available from 3 July

    Entry’s capped at 50 lifters subject to Covid restrictions.

  • South East Autumn Divisional

    Date: 19/09/2021 - 19/09/2021

    Division: South East

    Location: Locker 27
    Building E, Hamm Moor Ln
    Addlestone
    KT15 2SD

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

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

  • 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.

  • South East Open Championships

    Date: 20/11/2021 - 21/11/2021

    Division: South East

    Location: Astor College for 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

  • 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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