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Olympic weightlifting and Para powerlifting joined the BUCS family of sports in 2020 following a successful application in 2019. The previous British University & College Weightlifting Championships will now be known as the BUCS Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Championships.

The next BUCS Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Championships will take place virtually in April 2021. British Weight Lifting is working closely with BUCS to plan this event, and it has been confirmed that the virtual event will be considered as an official event by both BWL and BUCS.

Competition date: 

17 - 18 April, 2021

You can read a roundup of last year’s student championship by clicking on the button below.



The inaugural BUCS Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting Championships will take place as scheduled in April 2021.

BWL is liaising with BUCS on the virtual delivery of this event. More information will be available closer to the time.

BUCS Director of Delivery, Jenny Morris is excited to welcome the new sports into the programme.  

“British Weight Lifting and England Handball have worked extremely hard to develop their competitive offers with Higher Education. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work in direct partnership with them, to now include their competitions in our programme of events. Both events are warmly welcomed, and I am excited to see how they continue to develop and thrive. 

Ashley Metcalfe, CEO of British Weight Lifting  

“I am delighted that both Olympic Weightlifting and Para-Powerlifting have now been added to the BUCS Competition Programme.? We already have several clubs within the HE/FE sector, with an increasing number of athletes competing in our current British University and College competition.?  

“Our sports are fully inclusive with many active lifters from diverse backgrounds and we believe this association will encourage the introduction of more athletes to strengthen our sport further.” 



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