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As the UK's recognised Governing Body for weightlifting and para powerlifting, our role is to inspire a nation of lifters through exceptional leadership and expertise.

We are responsible for the growth and success of weightlifting and para powerlifting at every level. Our work sees us 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.

We strive to deliver exceptional training programmes, educational structures and competitions that create opportunities for people to participate and excel in our sport. Whether you’re an aspiring weightlifter or para powerlifter at your local club or an elite athlete competing on the international stage, we are here to help you fulfil your potential.

British Weight Lifting strategic vision for 2021 – 2025: Stronger Together

Over the next four years our mission is to educate, inspire and create greater opportunities that appeal to a more diverse and inclusive audience resulting in greater levels of activity and a fitter, healthier and stronger nation.

The BWL Stronger Together strategy is split into two key themes:

Showcasing strength as a lifestyle

As an advocate for strength; creating positive experiences for all; connecting strength to health and well being and connecting communities beyond the traditional boundaries.

As an enabler of sporting success

Where membership is at the heart of everything we do; enabling talent and performance ambition; attracting and retaining a talented workforce and bringing innovation to the sport to secure its future.

Through this strategy we hope to get more active and stronger communities, effectively tackle inequality; ensure sustainability and be successful and respected as a sport.

Click below to read the full British Weight Lifting strategy document:

BWL Strategy

Our commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people engaged in our sport. We have developed a set of principles with this thought in the forefront of our minds, and we aim to contribute to safeguarding children and young people by:

  • Applying the principles and practices in ‘Working Together 2018’
  • Influencing and advocating at a strategic level
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practices, and passing on this knowledge to all those involved in our sport
  • Working with partners to establish and implement safeguarding standards across the sport
  • Ensuring that all individuals and organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide services for children and young are effectively addressing safeguarding
  • Maximising our influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within our wider partnership roles and relationships

If you have any safeguarding concerns or would like further advice please contact our Safeguarding Lead - Sue Ward via email or via telephone: 01132 249 402

For more information on safeguarding including BWL codes of conduct, BWL's duty of care policy and procedures, training and other useful helplines and websites please visit our safeguarding page.

BWL Safeguarding

Anti-doping and a zero-tolerance approach

We work with the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in the fight against doping.

Doping is the administration of a prohibited substance and/or method to enhance performance or recovery. To allow the use of prohibited substances or methods would be to allow science to decide who wins or loses.  We enforce a strict zero-tolerance approach to Doping, and conduct a full anti-doping programme that covers the vital areas of education; testing (both in and out of competition) and results management.

By using our Clean Sport web page, you can access a range of Anti-Doping resources including an overview of our approach to WADA and UKAD rules, as well as prohibited lists, supplement policies and therapeutic use exemptions amongst many others.

access more useful Anti-Doping information

Championing Inclusivity

Inclusivity is one of our core principles and we have developed a strategy that will ensure that our sport is accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Our 2017-21 strategic plan outlines ways that we aim to champion inclusivity throughout our organisation and our sport. This includes the following goals:

  • Increase the diversity of staff, volunteers, participants and our wide workforce
  • Celebrate our identity as an equal opportunities employer
  • Remain fully compliant with the Equality Standard for Sport
  • Establish partnerships with organisations who share our philosophy
  • Promote inclusivity throughout all of our initiatives, programmes and events
  • Ensure diversity at Board-level
  • Ensure diversity procedures, policies and practices remain active throughout BWL
  • Proactive monitoring of activities and groups

Read more about our diversity and Equality 


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