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British Weight Lifting COVID-19 Guide for Clubs

Considerations to make before returning to training (v1) - Guidance as of 19 June 2020

Following the full closure of the sector due to COVID-19 in March 2020, the role of this document is to provide guidance and best practice for British Weight Lifting Clubs to allow them to get back to training, while ensuring the safety and well-being of anyone that enters your facility is considered. This document sets out the framework for opening clubs during an anticipated period of "social distancing”. It also provides the basis for clubs to develop their own required technical operating guidance for members, staff and visitors once the Government has advised that facilities, or parts of facilities, can open.

All parties should note the disclaimer at the end of the document.

British Weight Lifting COVID-19 guide for re-opening clubs

Return to Training – Elite Lifters

Updated: 04/06/202

In response to the Government’s latest announcement around 'Stage 2 - return to elite sport training'  on 01/June 2020, BWL continue to explore the requirements and is working extensively with Loughborough University and the English Institute of Sport to meet the Governments’ Covid Secure' standards required to open the BWL high performance facilities in Powerbase gym, and ensure the safety of all involved. However, at this time Powerbase facilities remain closed until further notice.

The NGB wishes to emphasise that it cannot rush into any decisions without ensuring our number one priority the health and safety of all involved, including our lifters, coaches, support staff and their families. We hope all our lifters and coaches appreciate the need for caution and patience.

At this stage BWL are keen to remind all its members and clubs that this guidance applies only to training for ‘elite’ athletes using BWLs High performance facilities in Powerbase gym. Reacting to the large number of enquiries received from the weightlifting network we feel the need to clarify the Government’s definition of “elite athletes”. With guidance from UK Sport, BWL can confirm that the following individuals are classified as ‘elite’ during this time:

  • An athlete who in BWLs opinion is on-track to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic/Paralympic games
  • An athlete who in BWLs opinion is on-track to win a medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games
  • An athlete who is part of the BWL Para-Powerlifting WCP

BWL will confirm with athletes who are eligible to access facilities in due course and communicate further details for the re-opening of its elite training programmes in line with the reopening of Loughborough University Powerbase facilities in due course. In the meantime, BWL continues to provide regular virtual training opportunities for athletes on its Pathway to continue their development and connect with other pathway athletes and coaches.

Finally, BWL are keen to remind all its members and clubs that they should continue to follow specific government guidance provided by the Home Nation Governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. BWL aims to share more guidance for ‘return to training’ in-line with future government guidance that it is safe for them to do so.

Competition Updates

Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, a large number of British Weight Lifting competitions have been postponed, rearranged, or cancelled by the events teams. You can find more detailed information on each individual event by clicking on the links below. 

British University & College Championships (Postponed)

English Age Group Championships (Rescheduled)

BWL Regional Open Series (Rescheduled)

British Championships (Rescheduled)

Club Updates

Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, British Weight Lifting have been providing weekly Club Updates to gyms and facilities.  These contain useful information on how clubs can prepare and adapt to the current situation as well developments that British Weight Lifting and others sports organisations are making to navigate through the crisis.  Below you can find an archived copy of each newsletter. 


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