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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.

  • 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

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

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


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

    Provisional lifting program: Saturday 26th Women 47kg to 72kg
    Men 59kg to 83kg

    Sunday 27th Women 84kg & 84+kg
    Men 93kg & above
    Program to be confirmed after entries have closed.

    Closing date for entries is September 21st

    All costs for travel arrangements are the lifters liability and are not subject to refund.

    If you do not receive confirmation of entry contact the championship secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com

    Your name will be added to the list of competitors when your entry has been approved.
    The final list of competitors will be posted after the closing date for entries it is strongly recommended that you check this.

    View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • British Junior Championships

    Date: 30/10/2019 - 03/11/2019

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

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre
    Alexandra Road
    Ashington
    NE63 9HN

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

    This is combined championships for male and female lifters in the junior and sub-junior age groups.

    PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

    Wednesday - Junior Women up to and inc 57kg; Junior Men up to and inc 74kg
    Thursday - Junior Women 63kg Junior Men 83kg
    Friday - Junior Women 72kg; Junior Men 93kg
    Saturday - Sub Junior Women up to and inc 84+kg; Sub Junior Men up to and inc 74kg
    Sunday - Junior Women 84kg & 84+kg; Sub Junior Men 83kg & above Junior Men 105kg & above

    NOTE THAT THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL THE 25/9/19 CLOSING DATE.

    Accommodation information will be available in due course and will be reasonably priced.
    All travel and accommodation costs are the lifters liability and are not subject to refunds
    If notification of entry is is not received contact Championship Secretary
    fred.sterry@btinternet.com

    When your entry has been approved your name will be added to the list of competitors.
    The final list of competitors will be posted after the closing date it is
    strongly recommended that this list is checked

    View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • 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: Saturday 2nd November --- All Women & Master Men
    Sunday 3rd November --- Open Men & Junior Men


    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

  • SWC Mick Barry Memorial Trophy 2019

    Date: 09/11/2019 - 09/11/2019

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

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

    Saturday 9th November 2019

    Details: To enter this competition you must be a British Powerlifting member.
    It is a benchpress and deadlift competition, and competitors can enter either benchpress only, deadlift only, or both lifts.

    The event will be limited to a total of 25 competitors overall and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

    Entry fees: Benchpress or deadlift only - £25 senior, £12.50 junior.
    Both lifts - £40 senior, £20

    The closing date is Wednesday 30th October 2019

    WEIGH IN WILL BE FROM 12.30 TO 2PM, FOR BOTH FEMALE AND MALE LIFTERS, WITH LIFTING COMMENCING NO EARLIER THAN 2.30PM

    Enquiries and entry forms should be sent to: sbbcomps@gmail.com or by post
    Swindon Barbell, Trow Lane, Lyneham, Wiltshire, SN15 4DL

  • SW Bitesize Development Competition

    Date: 16/11/2019 - 17/11/2019

    Division: South West

    Location: 180 Strength

    80 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 8AQ.

    Website: https://www.180-strength.com/campaigns/power-lifting-comp

    Details: This competition will be run over two days:

    Day 1 – Ladies and men up to 66kg
    Day 2 – Men 74kg Plus

    Weigh in: 0800

    Lift off: 10.00hrs

    Entry Fees:

    Development lifters who have not placed in the first three in any competition:

    Sub juniors – £20 inc BP membership
    Juniors – £25 inc BP membership
    Seniors – £45 inc BP membership

    Other Competitors:

    £25 per entry – BP membership not included
    Ages:

    Sub junior – you’re 18 or younger on the 31st December 2019
    Junior – you’re 23 or younger on the 31st December 2019
    Open – you are 24 or older on the 31st December 2019)

    NOTE: ALL DAYS AND TIMINGS ARE PROVISIONAL. We will endeavour not to change anything but there is a small possibility the schedule of lifters may change. Official dates and times will be released no later than 6 weeks out.
    Address:

    180 Strength

    80 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 8AQ.

    This is a BRITISH POWERLIFTING sanctioned event and can qualify you for all major British events for the next year (including British Universities). You must be a member of British Powerlifting for this event. If you do not have confirmation at weigh in you will not be allowed to lift.

    Please fill in the form on the website below to enter:

    Development Lifters please enter “new lifter” in the GB Powerlifting Number section

    Please fill in the entry form on the this page and then go through to payment.

    We look forward to seeing you at the comp!

  • Home Nations Championships

    Date: 23/11/2019 - 23/11/2019

    Location: Astor College, Dover

    Details: Teams are selected by the respective Home Nations:

    12 in each team - three each of male and female, classic and equipped.

  • Winter Cup

    Date: 07/12/2019 - 07/12/2019

    Division: Wales

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

    Website: www.walespowerlifting.com/competitions

    Details: Entry via WPA website
    Entry opens to WPA members on 28th October
    Entry opens to guests on 4th November

  • 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.

  • 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 Championships 2020

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

    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

    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

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

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

    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.

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • 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.

    See British Powerlifting Qualification procedure

    Enter Championship View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • 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 European 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
    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.

  • 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

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