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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.

  • British Classic Bench Press Championships

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

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

    Location: Moulton College

    Details: To be held Saturday 7th August.

    Prevailing COVID-19 restrictions will apply.

    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:

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  • West Midlands Summer Championships

    Date: 14/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

    Division: West Midlands

    Location: Physique fitness, Droitwich, WR9 9AX


    Details: You are invited to enter the West Midlands Summer Championships stated above. This is a regional level competition open to all age and weight categories. This is a West Midlands only competition, unfortunately we will not be accepting lifters from other divisions. This competition can be used to qualify for all National Level Competitions. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 in each weight category. Places limited to 60 total lifters.

    PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE (to be confirmed Monday 26th July):
    Saturday 14/08/2021: ALL women and men up to and including 74kg.
    Sunday 15/08/2021: Men 83kg and above.
    *Weigh-in times will be confirmed once the timetable is finalised*

  • 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


    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


    Details: Entry at

    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


    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

    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.


    If you have any further enquiries please also contact us at
    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
    GU15 2QR


    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


    Details: Women 28th August, Men 29th August

  • British Open Classic 2021

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

    Location: Oasis Academy
    Hollins Rd
    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

    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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  • Super Training SepTember Novice Competition

    Date: 11/09/2021 - 11/09/2021

    Division: South West

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


    Details: Classic Novice Competition

    Spaces for first-time competitors will be prioritised in the first week that we go live, after this, it will be opened up to those who have competed less than three times. Ample support and guidance will be provided before as well as on the day to help those competing understand the rules/regulations for future comps.

    There won't be a live stream for this competition but spectators will be welcome (subject to COVID restrictions at the time of the competition).

    48 Places Available,

    Entry Fee: £49

    Entries open: 16/7/21

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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


    Details: ENTRIES NOW OPEN.
    Please send entries to
    Payments via Paypal

    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:

  • East Midlands Masters & Novices

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

    Division: East Midlands

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


    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
    KT15 2SD


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

  • Devon & Cornwall Open Powerlifting Championships

    Date: 09/10/2021 - 09/10/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: Home of Tiverton Weightlifting Club

    Details: 9th October 2021

    Entries NOW OPEN

    Saturday 9th October 2021

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

    Home of Tiverton Weightlifting Club


    Women’s Weigh in 08:00am – 09:30am Lifting starts at 10:00am

    Men’s Weigh in 12:00pm – 13:30pm Lifting starts 14:00pm

    Subject to change


    All enquiries to organiser / promoter -

    0798 5746769


    Entry is £39 for Seniors / £29 for Juniors –

    50 entries maximum – SW members priority max 10 guests on first come basis

    Payments to PayPal:

    Otherwise, cheques made payable to " SWPLA " and sent to:

    Mark Rattenberry, 32 Roundhill, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 5BH .

    Enquires to Mark OR

  • British Junior Classic Championships

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

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre
    Alexandra Road

    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
    CT17 0AS


    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



British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation that carries out independent WADA compliant drug testing. In 2017 we conducted some 140 anti-doping tests, all at our own expense. GB lifters in World Championships are registered with the IPF for Out of Competition Testing (OCT).


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