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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.

The British Weight Lifting performance pathway was create in order to achieve the following aims:

  • To educate and develop athletes to the highest standards
  • To provide support that progresses an athlete’s physical, mental and technical performance
  • To increase the number of talented British athletes achieving medals at youth, junior and senior international competitions

The BWL Performance Pathway

The above graphic demonstrates the journey athletes go on to reach the peak of the sport.

Grassroots and Development

Grassroots programmes are vital in the development of our next weightlifting stars, and we recognise the incredible contribution that the country’s network of clubs, gyms, coaches and instructors make to the sport.

The most promising of grassroots athletes in the UK can be selected for BWL talent development programmes in a number of ways including:

  • Athlete applications
  • Regional Development Coach recommendations
  • Licensed BWL coach nominations
  • Talent ID initiatives
  • Performance at regional and national competitions

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Talent Programmes

Talent programmes make up the middle section of our performance pathway, and underpin our World Class Performance Programme which is reserved for the country’s top athletes.

We have created a tiered, progressive squad structure for the talent programmes which include three clearly define levels, each of which has its own selection criteria. These include:

  1. BWL Performance Academy – ages 18 to 23
  2. BWL National Youth Squad – ages 13 to 17
  3. Regional Development Academies – ages 13 to 20

Each tier builds on the previous one to provide a clear pathway for athletes to develop from club level. Our step-by-step approach recognised and supports athletes at each level of their journey.

World Class Performance Programme

The World Class Performance Programme (the peak of our pathway pyramid), supports the development of a select number of athletes who have the potential to compete for Great Britain at World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Athletes selected for the World Class Performance Programme gain access to:

  • Regular training at world class training environments
  • International competition exposure
  • Support with applications for financial backing from external bodies
  • Objective measures of technical and physical abilities to provide insight and interventions to enable development
  • Extended training camps and an education programme which ensures athletes are provided with the knowledge and tools to realise their potential
  • Access to BWL Performance Support services
  • Coaching from BWL development and arena coaches

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