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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.

  • Devon & Cornwall Open Powerlifting Championships

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

    Division: South West

    Location: Sunningmead Community Centre
    Lazenby Road
    EX16 4AL


    Details: 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

  • East Midlands Bench Press

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

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Champion Strength & Conditioning
    12 Peverel Drive
    Milton Keynes
    MK1 1NL

    Entry forms @

    Website: Www.championstrengthgym/events

    Details: Promoter; Faye Jordan

    Entry £25

  • British Junior Classic Championships

    Date: 22/10/2021 - 24/10/2021

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

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre
    Alexandra Road

    Details: You must lift in these championships to be considered for international selection in 2022.

    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. Please ensure the results from the competition in which you qualified are available on-line to avoid delays in approval.

    The final entry list and lifting programme is now uploaded. Please contact if you have any questions.

    View Championship Entries View Referee Availability
  • South East Bench Press 2021

    Date: 30/10/2021 - 30/10/2021

    Division: South East

    Location: Astor Secondary School
    Astor Avenue
    CT17 0AS


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

  • Super Training Day of the Deadlift

    Date: 31/10/2021 - 31/10/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: Super Training Gym, Malvern View Business Park, Stella Way, Cheltenham, GL52 7DQ


    Details: This is a Deadlift only event.
    Winner will be decided by co-efficient. Flights will be seeded on predicted coefficient rather than total. This is open to men and women in all age classes. Schedule of lifting will be determined on the 1st October 2021.

    Closing date is 1st October 2021, there are no refunds after this closing date.

    Please direct all questions to:

    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
    GL52 7DQ

  • Halloween Open

    Date: 31/10/2021 - 31/10/2021

    Division: Scotland

    Location: Everyday Athlete
    Unit 18A
    100 Borron St,
    Port Dundas Pl,
    G4 9XG



    Limited capacity. All entrants must have a valid GB21 membership. Spaces will be issued on a first come first serve basis with priority given to Scottish Powerlifting members who have not competed within the division so far this year.

  • East Midlands Senior Powerlifting Championships

    Date: 07/11/2021 - 07/11/2021

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Hitchin & Letchworth Weightlifting Club
    Letchworth Corner Sports Club
    Whitethorn Lane
    SG6 2DN


    Details: Open to East Midlands Members. Entry forms on East Midlands Powerlifting website

  • Anglian Bench Press

    Date: 14/11/2021 - 14/11/2021

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Energize Gym & Fitness
    259 Greenstead Road
    CO1 2SJ


    Details: Promoter Kitty Burroughs

    Entry Forms @
    East Midlands website

  • 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

  • South West University Championships 2021

    Date: 27/11/2021 - 27/11/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: PFP gym, Saunders Way, Kingsmill Industrial Estate, Cullompton, EX15 1BS

    Details: DETAILS

    This competition is open to anyone in the South West division, with priority given to university students in the South West. Guest spaces for competitors from other divisions will be allocated on a first come first served basis please email for more information.

    The total number of competitors will be capped.

    This competition will be a great opportunity to qualify for the 2022 British University Championships.


    Entry fees: £35 senior, £25 junior

    No late entries accepted and payments must be made before the closing date to via PayPal. If you are no longer able to attend please email the organiser at No entry fee refunds will be given for cancellations after the closing date.


    The closing date for entries is Saturday 6/11/2021.


    Weigh in times and schedule of lifting will be published after the closing date.

    Contact: direct any enquiries / questions to the organiser, Emma, at / 07771224933.

  • Mick Barry Push & Pull Christmas Special

    Date: 05/12/2021 - 05/12/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: Unit 2 Venture Business Centre, Madleaze road, Gloucester, GL1 5SJ

    Home of Gloucestershire Powerlifting

    Details: South West Mick Barry Championships.

    This is a bench press and deadlift competition.

    This event will be Limited to a total of 25 competitors. Spaces will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

    Competitors can sign up for either benchpress only, deadlift only, or both lifts.

    Entry Fees:

    Benchpress or deadlift only - £25 senior / £12.50 junior.

    Both lifts - £40 senior / £20 junior

    Entries open: 01/10/21


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

    Subject to change

    All enquiries to organiser /

  • Anglian Open

    Date: 05/12/2021 - 05/12/2021

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Energize Gym & Fitness
    259 Greenstead Road
    CO1 2SJ


    Details: Promoter Kitty Burroughs



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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