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What is Weightlifting?

Weightlifting has ancient origins. It featured at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

As a means to measure strength and power, weightlifting was practised both by ancient Egyptian and Greek societies. It developed as an international sport primarily in the 19th century, and is one of the few sports to have featured at the 1896 Athens Games.

British Weightlifting are the governing body for weightlifting in the UK. Their role is to inspire a nation of lifters through exceptional leadership and expertise.

They are responsible for the growth and success of weightlifting and para powerlifting at every level. Which sees them support a network of weightlifting bodies, clubs and gyms across the UK, as well as the thousands of people actively involved in Olympic and Paralympic weightlifting disciplines.

How can colleges get involved?

British Weightlifting have created a number of networks, initiatives and programmes that will support you on your journey as someone involved in the world of weightlifting or training.

If you are thinking creating a Weight lifting opportunity at your college you can set up a ‘weight lifting club’ where you will receive guidance and gain access to BWL’s specially designed Club Fundamentals eLearning course which will help guide you through the process of joining and becoming a club.

If you would like to start this process, please contact

By affiliating your club, you will join the hundreds of weightlifting clubs across the country that have access and support to exclusive perks only available from a British Weight Lifting membership.

  • BWL Certificate and affiliated club logo to display in your Facility
  • BWL club insurance cover
  • Ability to organise an official BWL Tier 3 competition
  • Access to club development guidance and funding support
  • Regular newsletters/updates
  • Opportunity to feature in our newsletters
  • Exclusive discounts on weightlifting equipment
  • Exclusive benefits from BWL partners
  • Ten votes for each 30 Members registered (or part thereof) at the BWL AGM
  • Listing on the ‘club finder’ BWL website page

How can students get involved?

British Weight Lifting are running within the Talent Pathway. This has been designed to meet the needs of young athletes aged between 16-18 who have the potential to progress within the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. British Weightlifting are accepting applications for students to apply to be part of their Diploma in Sporting Excellence Programme (DiSE)

Every athlete who is interested in being part of the British Weight Lifting DiSE programme will need to complete an expression of interest. British Weight Lifting and Loughborough College will then complete eligibility checks to determine if an athlete is eligible for the DiSE programme. Some key eligibility requirements are listed below:

  • Athletes must be aged between 16 -18 (aged 16 on 1st September 2021)
  • Athletes must be in full time education (or approved part time study). Athletes who are part of an apprenticeship, in private education or at an independent school do not qualify
  • Athletes should be on the British Weightlifting regional talent pathway programme, or will be enrolling onto the talent pathway programme
  • Athletes must be prepared to sign up to a 2-year programme (commitments will avoid A-Level exam periods)
  • Athletes must be a current resident in England

Please be aware that at this stage, this application is subject to funding going ahead. Please complete the DiSE expression of interest form and send it to

Find a Club

There are many BWL affiliated weightlifting clubs across the country. Just enter your postcode and travel distance on the website below to connect with the right one for you. Please note you will have to select a distance for your local clubs to show.

Find a Club