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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.

  • Swindon Barbell Christmas Cup 2021

    Date: 11/12/2021 - 11/12/2021

    Division: South West

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

    Website: https://swindonbarbell.com/contact-us/swindon-barbell-christmas-cup-2021/

    Details: Entries now open!

    Entry fee £20

    Swindon Barbell are excited to be hosting their inaugural Christmas Cup on Saturday 11th December 2021 which we hope will become an established event for years to come. Limited to just 20 lifters this event is perfect for those new to competing who want to experience the excitement of the platform in a supportive environment, or indeed anyone wanting to obtain a qualifying total for competitions in 2021. Classic, equipped or bench only lifters are welcome.

    The competition is open to all British Powerlifting members, with entry priority given first to entrants living within The South West. When the closing date has passed any remaining spaces will be offered first to South West members from other counties, and any remaining spaces to entrants from other British Powerlifting divisions.

    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.

    The closing date is Saturday November 27th 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 chair@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 chair@swindonbarbell.com

  • Bournemouth Barbell Qualifying Competition

    Date: 19/12/2021 - 19/12/2021

    Division: South West

    Location: KINGS PARK ATHLETIC CENTRE ,BOURNEMOUTH

    Details: SUNDAY 19 th DECEMBER.

    WEIGH IN 9.30//11am. Lifting Starts at 11.30 am.

    Entries to
    Paul Rees,
    3,Ovington Gardens,
    Bournemouth,
    BH76RT
    Tel 07780 924546
    FB. Paul Rees ( Bournemouthbarbell)

    Sub juniors £10
    Juniors £15
    All others £20
    By bank transfer please

    Eleiko competition and warm up equipment throughout.

    Calibrated weigh in and weights

    Cafe open all day

    Seating for spectators 100 plus

    Toilets and changing rooms available

    Live feed via FB etc.

    Results screens.

    Free parking

  • British Equipped Championships

    Date: 22/01/2022 - 23/01/2022

    Location: Stanhope Hall
    Horncastle

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

    if you wish to enter the bench press as well you must enter via its own entry form and your bench press from the three lift will be entered into this competition. However, you are not permitted to lift twice.

    CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 17TH DECEMBER 2021

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  • British Equipped Bench Press Championships

    Date: 23/01/2022 - 23/01/2022

    Location: Stanhope hall
    Horncastle

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

    If you've entered the three lift and wish to enter the bench press your lift from from the three lift will be entered into this competition. However, you are not permitted to lift twice.

    CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 17TH DECEMBER 2021

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  • East Midlands Uni Qualifier

    Date: 29/01/2022 - 29/01/2022

    Division: East Midlands

    Location: Champion Strength and Conditioning

    Website: Https://championstrengthgym.co.uk/east-midlands-university-qualifier-2022/.

    Details: East Mids Powerlifting University Qualifier 2022

  • YNE Open

    Date: 29/01/2022 - 29/01/2022

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre, Ashington

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: Yorkshire and North East Division open category competition.

  • Bristol University Championships Qualifier 2022

    Date: 30/01/2022 - 30/01/2022

    Entry Form: Click here for the entry form

    Division: South West

    Location: Trojan Fitness
    204 South Liberty Lane
    Ashton
    Bristol BS3 2TY

    Details: The event will be limited to a maximum of 28 competitors on a first come first served basis.

    This competition is open to all South West student lifters who want to qualify for the British University Championships, in line with the British Powerlifting Qualifying Procedure.

    Places for non-student lifters will be allocated if they are available after the closing date of the competition, priority will be given to South West lifters before other divisions. A waiting list will be held on this basis, if the event becomes full before the closing date. Please send any queries to drewfackrell@hotmail.co.uk

    Entry Fees:
    £30.00 – Entry only
    £40.00 – Entry with T-Shirt

    Payments to be made via PayPal to info@swpla.co.uk – please include your name and membership number as a reference. Entry will not be confirmed until payment is received before closing date 2nd January 2022

    Weigh-in Times
    8:00am – 09:30am with a 10am lift off: All Lifters in 2 Flights





  • Eastern Districts

    Date: 06/02/2022 - 06/02/2022

    Division: Scotland

    Location: Energy gym
    Boroughmuir Rugby Club
    2 Meggetland Wynd
    Edinburgh
    EH14 1AS

    Website: www.scottishpowerlifting.com

    Details: Entries open 12/12/2021

    Open to 2022 members.
    Entrants must reside in the following post codes : DD, EH, FK, KY, PH, TD

    Anyone looking for a guest spot should email spcompsec@scottishpowerlifting.com.

  • British Classic Bench Press Championships

    Date: 19/02/2022 - 19/02/2022

    Location: Astor Avenue,
    Dover,
    Kent,
    CT17 0AS

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

    CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 14TH JANUARY 2022

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  • Western Districts

    Date: 20/02/2022 - 20/02/2022

    Division: Scotland

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

    Website: www.scottishpowerlifting.com

    Details: Entries open 26/12/2021

    Open to 2022 members.
    Entrants must reside in the following post codes : DG, G, KA, ML, PA

    Anyone looking for a guest spot should email spcompsec@scottishpowerlifting.com.

  • Northern Districts

    Date: 06/03/2022 - 06/03/2022

    Division: Scotland

    Location: Results Gym
    Arch 19
    S College St,
    Aberdeen
    AB11 6JX

    Website: www.scottishpowerlifting.com

    Details: Entries open 09/01/2021

    Open to 2022 members.
    Entrants must reside in the following post codes : AB, HS, KW, IV, ZE

    Anyone looking for a guest spot should email spcompsec@scottishpowerlifting.com.

  • British Men's Classic Championships

    Date: 12/03/2022 - 13/03/2022

    Location: ENERGYZE Gym & Fitness Centre
    259 Greenstead Road
    Colchester CO1 2SJ

    Details: CLOSING DATE NOW MONDAY 7TH FEBRUARY

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

    The lifting programme will be confirmed after the closing date, but we expect that up to 83kg categories will be on the Saturday..

    CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 7TH FEBRUARY 2022

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  • YNE Open

    Date: 19/03/2022 - 20/03/2022

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, YO19 6PW

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: Yorkshire and North East Division Open category competition.

  • British Women's Classic Championships

    Date: 19/03/2022 - 20/03/2022

    Location: Aeternum Crossfit/Powerlifting
    Unit 4, Lochgelly Business Park
    Auchterderran Road
    Lochgelly
    Fife
    KY5 9HF

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

    Closing date for entries is 14th February 2022

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  • British University Championships

    Date: 02/04/2022 - 05/04/2022

    Location: Moulton College
    Northampton
    Northants

    Details: You must lift in these to be considered for the FISU World University World Cup.

    The entry form will go live early January 2022 and the closing date for entries will be 25th February 2022..

    These championships have been brought forward one week and will now run over four days.

  • Disability Sport Event

    Date: 14/05/2022 - 14/05/2022

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9HN

    Details: Please contact Fred McKenzie (frederick575@btinternet.com) for more information.

  • All England Championships 2022

    Date: 28/05/2022 - 30/05/2022

    Division: North West

    Location: Oasis Academy, Oldham, OL8 4JZ

    Website: www.northwestpowerlifting.com

    Details: The All England Championships 2022 will combine both men and women.
    Entry will open on 02/04/2021 via the North West Powerlifting website.

  • English Bench Press Championships 2022

    Date: 03/06/2022 - 03/06/2022

    Division: North West

    Location: Stanhope Hall
    1 Boston Rd, Horncastle LN9 6EY

    Website: http://nmpowerlifting.co.uk/

    Details: Please contact the North Midlands with any queries.

  • YNE Sub-Junior & Junior Competition

    Date: 25/06/2022 - 25/06/2022

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Hirst Welfare Centre, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9HN

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: Competition open to Sub-Junior and Junior Lifters from Yorkshire and North East Division

  • YNE Masters and Bench Only

    Date: 23/07/2022 - 23/07/2022

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, YO19 6PW

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: Full-power competition for Masters Lifters, and open category Bench Only comp

  • YNE Novice Competition

    Date: 20/08/2022 - 20/08/2022

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, YO19 6PW

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: Novice competition for Yorkshire and North East Division members. Open to first-time competitors only.

  • YNE Winter Open and AGM

    Date: 05/11/2022 - 06/11/2022

    Division: Yorkshire and North East

    Location: Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, YO19 6PW

    Website: www.ynepf.co.uk

    Details: Open category competition for Yorkshire and North East Division, followed by divisional Annual General Meeting

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