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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.

UK Sport Funded Programmes


In April 2021 UKS awarded BWL with funding to establish the strong foundations required for a future a world class programme that can support athletes with the potential to win medals at Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032. Funding will support BWL to deliver 3 agreed progression strategies:

  1. Change the way we support athletes of High potential
  2. Raise the standard of coaching
  3. Grow a broad and diverse base of talent

GB Academy Programme

In April 2023 UKS awarded BWL with funding to establish a programme to support the development of athletes with the potential to win medals at Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032 Olympic games. The programme will provide selected athletes with access to support services, training camps and access to train at the BWL performance centres. The programme will contain 2 squads:

  • ‘B Squad’ – is funded by UK sport. Up to 4 Athletes can be selected at this level, these athletes will receive an APA of up to £7500 and access to the Athlete Medical Scheme.

The policy for the B squad can be found here

  • ‘C Squad’ – is funded by a combination of UK Sport, BWL and the Home nations. Up to 8 athletes can be selected at this level, these athletes will be nominated for a TASS scholarship including Athlete Medical Insurance.

The policy for the C squad can be found here

Athletes who have achieved the minimum standards outlined in the policies above are advised to submit a declaration of interest for this programme no later than 23:59 on 30th April 2023 by completing the form in the link here.

Athletes wishing to know more about the GB academy programmes are advised to email the BWL Head of performance ( with any questions before the 30th April 2023. 

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

2021 TASS Applications are now open

TASS provides a number of Britain’s leading Lifters with support during their time in Further and Higher education. The scheme provides athletes with access to key support services including Lifestyle, Physiotherapy, Strength & Conditioning, Psychology and Nutrition. Applications are open to athletes in Further and Higher education ahead of each academic calendar year.

The 2021 Deadline for applications is Friday 30 July 2021, please see application and selection policy below:

SportsAid and Backing The Best

 SportsAid helps young, unfunded athletes to overcome one of their greatest barriers to success - the financial challenge of trying to become Britain’s next generation of Olympians, Paralympians and world champions. The charity helps over 1,000 athletes across more than 60 sports each year, the majority aged 12 to 18, by providing them with an average award of £1,000

The Backing The Best programme - supports athletes with up to £5000 per annum for athletes facing significant financial hardship, to help them overcome the barriers which could prevent them from realising their potential along their

Applications are now open to apply for both of these funding opportunities. The deadline for applications is 6 December 2020

  1. Sports Aid Award Application Form (Weightlifting) 
  2. Sports Aid Selection Policy (Weightlifting)

Home nation Talent Programs

Each of the home nations has Talent programs which collaborate where possible to feedback into the GBR Talent Pathway to try and create a synonymous pathway which best supports international competition opportunities and experience for Young talented lifters. Please see Talent contacts below for each of the Home nations;


Website –England Weight Lifting 

Performance Pathway Manager – Stuart Martin


Website - Weightlifting Wales

Performance Manager –Neil Taylor


Website – Weightlifting Scotland

General Secretary – Colin Hannah

Northern Ireland

Facebook – Northern Ireland Weightlifting

General Secretary - Peter Stewart


Facebook - Jersey Weightlifting Club

Contact - John Scriven



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