The Weight Lifting Foundation
The Weight Lifting Foundation is a charity established almost twenty-five years ago to assist the development of youth weightlifting in the UK and the Channel Islands. We are dedicated to helping young (under 23) lifters improve their performances and thus fulfil their potential both in training and in competition. We consider all applications on their merits. There are four main ways in which we provide support:
The Brian Hamill Award
Each year we make an award to an individual or group in the under 23 age group who we feel has made an outstanding contribution to their weightlifting club in a way that reflects the example and ethos of our late trustee, Brian Hamill. Read more about The Brian Hamill Award.
Individual Grants
Since 2013 we have awarded many thousands of pounds in grants to young lifters who achieved a Personal Best in international competition or a British record in a British National competition. We are discontinuing these after the British Championships to be held between 5-7 July 2024 and applications relating to these must be received by WLF by 17th August 2024.
Full details of how to apply are set out in the Personal Best Application, together with contact details if you need more information.
Revenue Funding
We recognise that the costs of competing, particularly in international events, can be hefty. We can help with these by contributing towards travel and accommodation expenses. Isabella Brown, Lucy McGonigle and Sebastian Lawton are among the lifters we have been able to assist in the past. We have also assisted young lifters via British Weightlifting with grants over a three year period. Application for Revenue Funding. Contact details are included if more information is required.
Capital Funding
If a club needs to upgrade its equipment and/or improve its facilities, then we may be able to assist with the costs and we have contributed over £41,000 in the last 6 years. Please note that we do not fund property enhancements including building works. Clubs which have been successful in their applications include Europa Weightlifting Club, Maidstone Weightlifting Club, Glasgow City Barbell, Zalva Weightlifting Club and Stars For The Future Weightlifting. Application for Capital Funding. Contact details are included if more information is required.
If you want more information as to what we do, or if you wish to make a donation, then please contact us.

Zulva WLC featuring Elisha Cruikshank who is representing GBR in the 2024 European Youths in Greece

Maidstone WLC in 2024 on their trip to Copenhagen funded by our Revenue Grant

Weights & Cakes CIC 2024

Hampshire Barbell Club youngsters 2024

Hampshire Barbell Club 2024

Silver Ee competing for Maidstone Weightlifting Club. He is a British record holder 2022 English Age Groups Champion, representing GB at European U17's in Albania in the same year.

Glasgow City Barbell WLC U23's including Jason Epton (repr. Scotland in the Commonwealth Games 2022 & GB at European Juniors) and British record holder Brew Burns (repr. GB at World and European Juniors)

Maidstone Weightlifting Club - at the 2023 English Championships MWC had 9 lifters, achieving 7 medals (3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze)

Catrin Jones competing for Bangor University. She won three gold medals for GB at the European U23 Championships in Albania.

Amber Sheppard at the BWL South regional Championships in 2019

Skip Callard