BWL licensed clubs who have been identified as regularly developing Youth and Junior athletes who are competing and engaging in the ‘BWL Talent Pathway’
Clubs actively working with BWL to develop their club’s coaching standards, governance, safeguarding and sustainability, to ensure a safe and supportive training environment for athletes and deliver a high quality of coaching, aligned to BWL’s long term athlete development (LTAD) strategy.
We are currently considering applicants for talent academies in the Midlands and Northwest to start in April 2019
If you are interested in becoming a BWL Talent Academy please complete the Talent Academy Application of interest form below and return to email@example.com
The Regional talent program is a lifters first introduction to working with the BWL Talent Pathway coaching team. Athletes will be guided through a progressive syllabus of learning which is intended to increase their understanding of what it takes to succeed in the sport and reinforce some of the skills needed to help them develop towards their goals. It is designed for lifters who have made a commitment to their training and competition and are looking to understand their long-term development in weightlifting as a sport.
How do I get selected for a regional squad?
Which region should I be a part of?
Regions are selected based on our knowledge of the number and density of lifters in an area. Where possible we also aim to select squad locations which have maximum of a 1-hour travel radius for squad participants.
We encourage lifters who don’t know which region they should be attending to communicate with the regional coach in the region they think to be closest and find out more information to assess which squad might be best for them to join. Regional squads currently operate across 6 key regions;
- North East – TBC
-North West – Currently Recruiting
-Yorkshire – Dave Hembrough
-South West & Midlands – Stuart Martin
-Southern Counties – Mark Hill
-Greater London – Shyam Chavda
The regional program is evolving and as we discover and identify new hot spots, we look carefully at how is best to support lifters, coaches and prospective talent academies in those areas. If you feel like there is a lack of BWL presence in your region and a high density of emerging young lifters or clubs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and make yourself known to us.
The regional talent program is designed for athletes who demonstrate abilities aligned to potential future international performance. The purpose of these squads is to bring together high performing national and international standard athletes to bond as a team and drive each other towards higher standards of competition both nationally and internationally. It is an athletes first exposure to our international coaching team and where appropriate standards have been achieved opportunities are available to gain international competition experience.
How do I get selected for the England Talent Squad?
1.Compete in Regional Youth Series competitions and introduce yourself to The Talent Pathway coaching team who nominate athletes for the England squad.
2.Compete at the British and English Age-group championships, Squads are selected annually at the British Age-group Championships
1.Athletes must be between 13-17 on December 31 at the start of each year.
2.Athletes must achieve the British Age-Group qualification standard
3.Athletes must be ranked top 3 in their weight category in Britain.
The England Talent Squad is split into North and South, squads take place twice annually around the academic calendar and are led by:
- Head Coach – Rhodri Thomas
- Assistant Coach – Christie-Marie Williams
England Talent Development Squads
The England Talent Development program is designed for athletes who demonstrate abilities aligned to potential future medal zone performances at Birmingham 2022. The purpose of these squads is to bring together high performing national and international standard athletes to bond as a team and drive each other towards higher standards of competition both nationally and internationally. Athletes also have access to the BWL Loughborough High Peformance Centre and are encouraged to engage with the Head of Coaching and Performance Scientist to support thier development. Where the appropiate minimum standards have been achieved, self- funded opportunities are available to gain international competition experience.
How do I get selected for the England Development Squad?
The England Development Squad is split North and South. Squads take place 4 times a year across various locations, squads are planned around key international competitions and are led by;
-Performance Pathway Manager – Stuart Martin
-England Coach (South) – Andrew Callard
-England Coach (North) – Dave Sawyer