The Coaching Regulations by BWL

Earlier in the year there was a lot of uproar on social media about the new coaching regulations brought to you by British Weight Lifting (BWL) our national governing body for the sport. We will be remaining neutral in the debate and will not be commenting on the situation. However, we thought we’d lay out the new regulations for everyone to see in a plain and simple manner.

The new coaching regulations brought in by British Weight Lifting for early 2017 are as follows:

"From the 1st January 2017 British Weight Lifting will require all coaches who wish to be in the warm up area at BWL competitions and events to hold as a minimum the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Weightlifting and hold a current BWL Coaching licence."

"Coaches currently holding BAWLA/BWLA/non-accredited BWL awards were asked to ‘bridge across’ to the new accredited BWL coaching awards before 1st July 2017."

"From January – 30th June 2016 coaches holding BAWLA, BWLA or Non-accredited BWL awards must register with BWL their intention to remain an active coach and supply a copy of the BAWLA, BWLA or Non-accredited BWL certificate of the award they hold to"

"In order to coach a lifter in the warm up room before an official BWL competition, a coach must possess the current level 2 award or be successfully registered and working towards the bridging over process from 1st January 2017."

In Short

-BWL Level 1 coaches can’t coach in a warm up room of a BWL competition from the 1st January 2017 - You will need to do a BWL level 2 award to coach in a competition.

-Level 2 coaches who acquired their qualification from BAWLA, BWLA or BWL non-accredited need to do a bridging course before July 2017. You must also register your intent to do a bridging course before the 30th June 2016 in order to legally coach under BWL.

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Thank you.