Regional Youth Squads
What are Regional Youth Squads …?
The Regional Youth programme 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 fundamental skills they need to develop to achieve their ambitions.
Who are Regional Youth Squads for …?
Regional Youth Squads are designed for 12-17 year olds who have made a commitment to weightlifting and want to understand more about their long-term development. Squads are divided in to 2 groups;
Development Groups (Pathway stage 1)
Talent Groups, (Pathway stage 2)
In the interest of safeguarding young people athletes may only participate in these squads until their 18th Birthday. Squads are divided in to 2 groups of athletes;
How do I get selected for a Regional Youth Squad…?
BWL uses the Sport80 system to store essential athlete information and track & monitor their competition progress. All regional athletes must be BWL members for both insurance and communication purposes. The criteria for selection is as follows;
Athletes who do not communicate non-attendance sufficiently will be removed from these squads if they drop below the minimum amount of engagement expected for each squad (e.g. 80%)
Which Region Youth Squad should I join…?
We encourage lifters who don’t know which region they should be attend to email firstname.lastname@example.org to explore which squad might be best for them to join.
Regional squads currently operate across 3 key regions;
North - Common Squad Locations: Sheffield, Warrington and North Tyneside
Midlands - Common Squad Locations; Bristol, Nottingham and Oxford)
South - Common Squad Locations: Colchester, West London and Southampton
BWL Pathway Coaches
Jenny Tong (North) is the Assistant Head Coach at Sheffield’s Hallam Barbell. Since starting the sport in 2015 Jenny has represented Great Britain internationally four times and made her international coaching debut at the EU Cup in 2019. Outside of weightlifting her roles include working as a research assistant on Clean Sport Projects at Hallam University. Please email Jenny here
Josh Telling (Midlands) is passionate about supporting the development young people. In 2017 he set up Wildboar Weightlifting to provide better opportunities for young people in the Forrest of Dean. Since then he has developing a number of Youth National champions, set up his own facility and established a number of satellite clubs. Josh feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to aid the development of young weightlifters across the midlands and support other clubs in their development. Please email Josh here
Kristian McPhee (South) is the head coach of Brunel University Weightlifting, a British Champion at senior, student and U23 levels and coach to multiple GB athletes and national champions. He trained under Olympian Mike Pearman and learnt from some of the best athletes and coaches across the world. As a previous member of the National talent squad, he has been through the system and hopes to build the next generation of sustainable talent to make British Weightlifting a global competitor and build on our ongoing success. Please email Kristian here
The sport of weightlifting continues to evolve across England and the UK and as we discover and identify new hot spots, we look carefully at how is best to support lifters and coaches in those areas. If you feel like there is a lack of representation of athletes or clubs from your region in BWL programmes, but a number of emerging lifters or clubs in your region please contact email@example.com
England Youth Squad
What is the England Youth Squad…?
The England Youth program is designed for athletes who demonstrate behaviours and abilities aligned to potential future international performance. The purpose of these squads is to bring together the country’s leading athletes to encourage their growth as a team, raise their awareness of how to prepare for international competitions and drive each other towards higher standards of competition. This environment is an athlete’s first interaction with the BWL performance team.
The England Talent Squad meet 3-4 times each year at BWL’s High Performance Centre, Loughborough University
Who is the England Youth Squad for …?
England Youth Squads are designed for weightlifters who demonstrate early potential to win medals at future commonwealth games.
In the interest of safeguarding young people athletes may only participate in these squads until their 18th Birthday.
How do I get selected for the England Youth Squad…?
Squads are selected annually at the British Age-group Championships
The minimum standard of athletes invited to the England Youth squad in 2019 was 95% of the Commonwealth pathway standard for their age, stage and category.
BWL National Youth Coach
Rhodri Thomas – has coached a variety of international and commonwealth standard athletes and medallists including 2013 World Junior Bronze Medallist Darius Jokazadeh and 1998 Commonwealth Champion Leon Griffin. Rhodri is the current coach for SA1 in Swansea and has been the National Youth coach for GBR since 2013. Rhodri is passionate about the development of youth athletes and has contributed to the development journeys of many of Britain’s leading Junior lifters.
England Talent Squad
What is the England Talent Squad…?
The England Talent program is designed for athletes who continue to demonstrate behaviours and abilities aligned to potential future international performance. The purpose of these squads is to bring together the country’s leading athletes to encourage their growth as a team and raise their awareness of how to prepare for international competitions or manage key transitions from ‘Age-group’ to Senior Weightlifting or further to higher education and work.
BWL view this period as a critical time in an athlete’s development, additional support is often provided to these athletes through TASS and other scholarship schemes to help athletes manage key transitions and prepare them for the challenges of senior international competition.
The England Junior & under 23 Squad meet 3-4 times each year at BWL’s High Performance Centre, Loughborough University
Who is the England Talent Squad for …?
England Talent Squads are designed for weightlifters who continue to demonstrate potential to win medals at future Commonwealth Games
How do I get selected for the England Talent Squad…?
Squads are selected annually at the England Senior Championships
Commonwealth Pathway Standards
Pathway standards should be used as a guide for coaches to use to them understand what an athlete’s development journey could look like prior to winning a commonwealth medal.
These standards are based on analysis of Medal zones across the last 5 Commonwealth cycles with regression from the medal standard based on the progress rates of Medal winning English athletes competing at Golcoast 2016.
Any queries about pathway standards should be sent to the BWL Talent Manager here