British Weight Lifting

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British Weight Lifting

Sport England Whole Sport Plan

Executive Summary



Funding break down:


Participation: £547,000

Talent: £168,400

Capital: £0

Core: £316,842

Total: £1,032,242



British Weight Lifting is now changing its structure so it is more able to get more people into the sport and support talented weightlifters. This includes the appointment of regional development officers, part-funded by external partners with similar objectives. Its four year plan includes:

  • Creating an online competition called the Strength and Power Series
  • Developing existing clubs while establishing new ones
  • Creating new competition formats to suit specific target markets while recruiting new officials and expanding its officiating awards programme
  • Supporting talented Olympic weightlifters and Paralympic Powerlifters with four regional centres, closely linked to the UK Sport funded British Weight Lifting Performance programme


Underpinning all this activity will be workforce development and training for all volunteers, coaches and officials.




The 2013-17 plan contains the following programmes:


Strength and Power Series – is a series of on-line competitions where lifters can compete and test themselves against participants across the country without the need to travel. BWL is seeking to link up with various delivery partners including leisure operators, clubs and education establishments.  Specific products have been developed and piloted for target audiences including, British Colleges Strength and Power Series, British University’s Strength  and Power Series, Fusion Strength and Power Series.


Club Development –is designed to support existing clubs as well as developing new locations. Insight gathered by BWL has shown that one of the biggest barriers to establishing a club is the initial cost of equipment. By seeking to link its own funding to additional investment via the Small Grants Programme the aim is to support the equipping and setting up of 8 new clubs per year.


Competitions - targets current lifters who are typically club members who train specifically for competition. BWL intends to develop competition formats to suit its target markets and new partners to maximise acquisition and retention of new weightlifters.  In addition BWL intends to expand its officiating awards scheme to compliment this programme and help generate new officials to support the development of this framework and its extended partnerships.



England Talent Pathway - is designed to support talented Olympic weightlifters and Paralympic Powerlifters who meet set criteria for talent identification and have the ability to progress through the pathway and on to the BWL performance programme. The programme will be based around 4 regional centres - North, Central, South West and London/South East. The regional squads will train on a regular basis throughout the year and will feed into an England Squad for planned competitions and events.  This will be closely linked to the UK Sport funded British Weight Lifting Performance programme.


Workforce Development –underpins all of the activities within the WSP. It will target anyone involved in delivering across the range of BWL programmes from club development to performance. This will include volunteers and club coaches, who form the majority of BWLs delivery chain either as direct employees or through partner organisations. The training will incorporate leadership, coaching and officiating awards.



Geographical information for programmes / approaches:


BWL will continue to direct developments through work with current  targeted  County Sports Partnerships


  • Northumberland Sport
  • Tyne and Wear Sport
  • West Yorkshire Sport
  • Greater Sport
  • Black Country Consortium
  • Wesport
  • Surrey Sports Partnership
  • Proactive West London
  • Proactive East London
  • Proactive South London


In addition to this, BWL plan to work with a  further four county sports partnerships in 2013-2014 to support the expansion of programmes outlined here



If you have any questions on the British Weight Lifting Whole Sport Plan please contact:


Samantha Jamieson

National Development Officer

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