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We have developed a pathway for our country’s most promising athletes to fulfil their potential and represent Great Britain on the international stage.

GBR Squads

Squads are designed to bring together athletes and coaches to help them prepare for international competitions in the later stages of competition preparations. Squads are an opportunity for athletes to interact with our international coaching teams to gain familiarity and understand of international competition and the final stages of preparation as a team.

Home nation Talent Programs

Each of the home nations has Talent programs which collaborate where possible to feedback into the GBR Talent Pathway to try and create a synonymous pathway which best supports international competition opportunities and experience for Young talented lifters. Please see Talent contacts below for each of the Home nations;

England

Website –England Weight Lifting – Coming Soon

Performance Pathway Manager – Stuart Martin

Wales

Website - Weightlifting Wales

Performance Manager –Neil Taylor

Scotland

Website – Weightlifting Scotland

General Secretary – Colin Hannah

Northern Ireland

Facebook – Northern Ireland Weightlifting

General Secretary - Peter Stewart

Talent Academies

BWL licensed clubs who have been identified as regularly developing Youth and Junior athletes who are competing and engaging in the ‘BWL Talent Pathway’

Clubs actively working with BWL to develop their club’s coaching standards, governance, safeguarding and sustainability, to ensure a safe and supportive training environment for athletes and deliver a high quality of coaching, aligned to BWL’s long term athlete development (LTAD) strategy.

How to become a BWL Talent Academy

1. Potential talent academies are approached after the British Age-group Championships annually

2. Talent academies undergo a 12-18 month observation period with the support of BWL Regional Coaches and Relationship Managers

3. During this period clubs are required to engage pro-actively with the regional coach and RRM to develop 5 key areas;

  • Coaching
  • Culture
  • Governance
  • Sustainability
  • Safeguarding

4. The next national intake of talent academies will be after the 2019 British Age Groups 

We are currently considering applicants for talent academies in the Midlands and Northwest to start in April 2019

5. If you are interested in becoming a BWL Talent Academy please complete the Talent Academy Application of interest form below and return to stuart.martin@britishweightlifting.org

Regional Talent Squads

The Regional talent program is a lifters first introduction to working with the BWL Talent Pathway coaching team. Athletes will be guided through a progressive syllabus of learning which is intended to increase their understanding of what it takes to succeed in the sport and reinforce some of the skills needed to help them develop towards their goals. It is designed for lifters who have made a commitment to their training and competition and are looking to understand their long-term development in weightlifting as a sport.

How do I get selected for a regional squad?

1 .Compete in the Regional Youth Series competitions and introduce yourself to The Talent Pathway coaching team who runs the events.

2. Compete in the English Age-group Championships, squads are selected annually from observation of athletes at the regional youth series and English Age-groups.

Eligibility

1. Athletes must be between 13-17 on the 31st December at the start of each year.

2. Athletes must have competed in a minimum of 2 BWL licensed competitions.

Which region should I be a part of?

Regions are selected based on our knowledge of the number and density of lifters in an area. Where possible we also aim to select squad locations which have maximum of a 1 hour travel radius for squad participants.

We encourage lifters who don’t know which region they should be attending to communicate with the regional coach in the region they think to be closest and find out more information to assess which squad might be best for them to join. Regional squads currently operates across 6 key regions;

-North East – TBC

-North West – Currently Recruiting

-Yorkshire – Dave Hembrough

-South West & Midlands – Stuart Martin

-Southern Counties – Mark Hill

-Greater London – Shyam Chavda

The regional program is evolving and as we discover and identify new hot spots we look carefully at how is best to support lifters, coaches and prospective talent academies in those areas. If you feel like there is a lack of BWL presence in your region and a high density of emerging young lifters or clubs please contact stuart.martin@britishweightlifting.org and make yourself known to us.

England Talent Squads

The regional talent program is designed for athletes who demonstrate abilities aligned to potential future international performance. The purpose of these squads is to bring together high performing national and international standard athletes to bond as a team and drive each other towards higher standards of competition both nationally and internationally. It is an athletes first exposure to our international coaching team and where appropriate standards have been achieved opportunities are available to gain international competition experience

How do I get selected for the England Talent Squad?

1.Compete in Regional Youth Series competitions and introduce yourself to The Talent Pathway coaching team who nominate athletes for the England squad.

2.Compete at the British and English Age-group championships, Squads are selected annually at the British Age-group Championships

Eligibility

1.Athletes must be between 13-17 on the 31st December at the start of each year.

2.Athletes must achieve the British Age-Group qualification standard

3.Athletes must be ranked top 3 in their weight category in Britain.

The England Talent Squad is split into North and South, squads take place twice annually around the academic calendar and are led by;

-Head Coach – Rhodri Thomas

-Assistant Coach – Christie-Marie Williams

England Talent Squads

The regional talent program is designed for athletes who demonstrate abilities aligned to potential future medal zone performances at Birmingham 2022. The purpose of these squads is to bring together high performing national and international standard athletes to bond as a team and drive each other towards higher standards of competition both nationally and internationally. Athletes also have access to the BWL Loughborough High Performance Centre and are encouraged to engage with the Head of Coaching and performance scientist to support their development. Where the appropriate minimum standards have been achieved, self-funded opportunities are available to gain international competition experience.

How do I get selected for the England Development Squad?

1. Compete at the English and British Championships

2.Squads are reviewed Bi-Annually after the English & British Championships

Eligibility

1.Athletes must have achieved relevant England Development Squad minimum standards

2.Athletes must compete at the British and English Senior Championships (unless these competitions conflict with priority international Competitions)

3.Athletes must be ranked top 3 in their weight category in Britain.

4.Athletes must hold a British Passport and be eligible to compete for England

The England Development Squad is split North and South and take place 4 times annually across various locations, squads are planned around key international competitions and are led by;

-Performance Pathway Manager – Stuart Martin

-England Coach (South) – Andrew Callard

-England Coach (North) – Dave Sawyer

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