Coaching and Learning
As weightlifting becomes a core element in an increasing number of both men and women’s training and fitness regimes, British Weight Lifting have a number of courses available for fitness professionals and weightlifting enthusiasts to enable them to coach weightlifting at an entry level. The new coaching courses have been redeveloped and fully accredited by 1st4sport and are available to book now. These are the only courses that are BWL accredited and run by BWL accredited tutors.
The process to register for coaches to bridge over to the new scheme has now closed
Those who successfully registered to bridge over will now be advised by email by BWL as to the dates and venue for the bridging over courses across the UK this coming Autumn.
As of the 1st July 2017 BWL now only recognises qualified coaches holding the current official BWL coaching qualifications and those coaches who have registered to bridge over. Those who coaches who have registered to bridge over need to attend and successfully complete the training day before the 30th June 2017 to retain their recognition.
BWL has announced changes to the recognition of coaching qualifications within the sport in a move to improve coaching standards. The changes are being introduced over an 18 month period starting from the 1st January 2016 and come as part of BWL’s wider strategy to stay up to date with the best national standards, safeguarding practices and stay at the forefront of the sport’s development.
To find out more details about this process please go to http://britishweightlifting.org/courses-coaching/bridging-over/
Changes in access to the warm up areas at BWL competitions and events by BWL licensed coaches from the 1st January 2017
From the 1st January 2017 British Weight Lifting will require all coaches who wish to be in the warm up area at BWL competitions and events to hold as a minimum the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Weight Lifting and hold a current BWL Coaching licence.
The change is being driven by the need for British Weight Lifting to be fully compliant with all the various national standards for the delivery of coaching in the UK. This change of policy falls in line with the national guidance that states the Level 1 coach qualification is designed to assist a Level 2 coach or above and not to coach on a one to one basis or independently. Therefore, from 2017, coaches requiring access to warm up areas will need to be of a minimum Level 2 standard.
The national standards also highlight the need for all NGBs to operate a coach licence scheme. BWL has run a successful coach licence scheme for a number of years requiring coaches to be fully licenced by BWL and therefore ensuring the appropriate levels of safe-guarding and insurance are in place.
Earlier this year British Weight Lifting CEO Ashley Metcalfe said, “This was no easy decision, but following our recent comprehensive end of year Governance review, this latest change will see us operate to similar values already implemented by other sports and championed by UK Coaching standards. The changes will be introduced in line with stakeholder expectations over a 12-month period and in advance of the 2017 event programme.
“We are always looking to enhance our sport and by ensuring all coaches assisting with warm ups are qualified to Level 2 standard, we can be fully confident our athletes will not only perform in the safest possible environment but when they walk on to the platform they will also be in the best condition to compete.”
Throughout 2016 BWL has been working closely with all existing Level 1 coaches to give them every opportunity to improve their personal qualifications. All Level 2 courses will be actively promoted using BWL’s social media network and advertised on the official British Weight Lifting website.
What do I need to do as a coach to gain access to the warm up area at BWL competitions and events from the 1st January 2017?
Below are listed the various options for coaches which you will need to do depending on the coaching qualification you currently hold.
I hold a 1st4sport Level 2 certificate in coaching weight lifting
Ensure your BWL coach licence is up to date and you have access to the warm up area.
I hold a 1st4sport Level 1 award in coaching weight lifting.
You will need to have successfully completed the 1st4sport level 2 certificate in coaching weight lifting and ensure your BWL coach licence is up to date by the 1st January 2017.
I am “Bridging Over” at Level 2
Ensure your BWL coach licence is up to date and that you have registered to attend a bridging over course (before 30th June 2016) details can be found at http://britishweightlifting.org/courses-coaching/bridging-over/
You have until the 30th June 2017 to bridge over. Coaches will be checked against BWL’s register, ensuring anyone with the required qualifications will be able to enter competition areas.
I am “Bridging Over” at Level 1
You will need to have successfully completed the 1st4sport Level 2 certificate in coaching weight lifting and ensure your BWL coach licence is up to date from the 1st January 2017 if you wish to have access to the warm up area.
I hold a Level 2 Instructor award
You need to successfully complete the 1st4sport Level 2 certificate in coaching weight lifting and obtain a BWL coaching licence if you wish to have access to the warm up area from the 1st January 2017 onwards.
I don’t have any of these things
You need to successfully complete your 1st4sport Level 1 award or Level 2 Instructing followed by the Level 2 certificate in coaching weight lifting and obtain a BWL coach licence if you wish to have access to the warm area from the 1st January 2017 onwards.
Details on how to undertake a 1st4sport Level 2 certificate in coaching weight lifting can be found at http://britishweightlifting.org/courses-coaching/for-weightlifting/1st4sport-level-2-certificate-coaching-weight-lifting/
Details on how to obtain a BWL coach licence can be found at http://britishweightlifting.org/courses-coaching/coaching-officials-licensing/
If you are enquiring from a school or college, please contact the offices on 0113 2249402 to clarify the license procedure for teachers.