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FREE weightlifting course for schools and community organisations: Raise the Bar 2023

Schools and community organisations in England and Scotland can take advantage of British Weight Lifting’s Raise the Bar programme for a FREE 6-week course.

FREE weightlifting course for schools and community organisations: Raise the Bar 2023

Well established research shows that muscle strengthening exercise is associated with:

  • Reduced all cause mortality
  • Reduced illness and disease
  • Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety

The UK’s Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that:

  • ‘Children do activities that develop movement skills and strengthens muscles and bones’
  • ‘Adults and older adults build strength on at least 2 times a week’

Raise the Bar is helping to change this by equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to develop their strength and make healthy decisions and is also preparing young people to be strong in adulthood.

Could your school/organisation benefit?

We are offering a FREE coach led introduction to weightlifting delivered each week for 6 weeks at a time:

  • that are active, fun, build confidence and engage participants in conversations about healthy lifestyles
  • For group sizes up to 12 (dependent on space)
  • 3 weeks delivered at your venue (if you have a gym/sports hall) and 3 weeks delivered at a designated weightlifting club
  • Equipment provided by the coach
  • Can be delivered multiple times to increase the number of people able to learn to weightlift, or to help you start a weightlifting club
  • Transportation not included

Who can take part?

  • Raise the Bar is suitable for all sizes and body shapes
  • No previous experience of weightlifting or sport is needed
  • Males and females both benefit from developing strength
  • Schools: Young people aged 12-17, groups of girls or boys
  • Community organisations: Young people (12-17) or interested in becoming more active through weightlifting

What does a typical session look like?

Warm up: Group warm up games, mobility, jumping and landing.

Main weightlifting session: Introduction to basic movement patterns involved in performing the Olympic lifts and developing strength e.g. snatch, clean and jerk, back squat, overhead squat, chest press, lunges, deadlift, jumps.

Post weightlifting: Core training, stretching and health tips.

Who are the coaches?

Each coach delivering Raise the Bar meets the following criteria:

  • Qualified Level 2 British Weight Lifting coach
  • DBS certified through British Weight Lifting
  • Familiar with their Club’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children policy
  • Insured to deliver Raise the Bar on behalf of British Weight Lifting
  • Received a recent in-person site visit from British Weight Lifting

Organisation and participant information

We’re required to collect organisation and participant details for registration purposes.

We want to understand the impact of the programme and ask that feedback is given by participants at the end. This is completed via an anonymous online form.

Full details are available about the reasons why we collect data, how it is stored, and how it is used.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in booking a Raise the Bar programme for your school or organisation, please get in touch using the contact details provided. Our booking team will arrange the dates, times and location in agreement with you and the coach.


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