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Sports Coaching Courses

Thanks to Veteran’s Army‘s partners at British Weightlifting, the national governing body for Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting, you can access coaching and training programmes that have produced world-class weightlifting coaches over the years, who have gone on to develop medal-winning athletes.

The courses offer an unrivalled standard of training and are the only qualifications that are recognised for the British Weightlifting exclusive coach license scheme. The courses are accredited and regulated by awarding body Focus Awards.

Sports coaching courses

Coaching Levels

The Level 1 course will nurture you to become an Assistant Coach, while completing Level 2 will qualify you as an independent coach.

You can also access strength training and masterclasses to develop your overall knowledge of the sport. These courses offer an unrivalled standard of training, helping to build your own fitness career and benefit those you are coaching.

Certification: Level 1 Award in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting

Is this course for me?

This is an entry level course for aspiring coaches in weightlifting. It is aimed at anyone aged 16 or over, who is new to coaching but has some knowledge of the sport and would like to learn how to apply that in a coaching environment.

What will I learn?

The processes and principles of coaching weightlifting to adults and children, the basic rules of weightlifting, safety in the sport, roles and responsibilities of a coach and planning a session.

You’ll also discover critical coaching skills that can optimise coaching performance, the main physical qualities that athletes need to develop in weightlifting, identify the key positions for the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, learn assistance lifts for weightlifting and learn the BWL Teaching Method to understand why we perform each one of the BWL teaching exercises.

Take a look at all 10 modules of the e-learning.

What does this course qualify me to do?

This is the start of your journey into coaching weightlifting and will enable you assist a more qualified coach to deliver sessions in a club, gym or virtual setting.


You must be at least 16 years of age when booking, be able to communicate effectively in English  and have some general experience of the lifts and weightlifting.

Certification: Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting

 Is this course for me?

If you hold your Level 1 Award in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting and currently work under the supervision of a more qualified coach, completing your Level 2 certificate is your next step in career progression.

It will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work as an Independent Olympic Weightlifting Coach.

With a Level 2 qualification you’ll also be able to apply for a BWL Coach License to be able to coach athletes at national competitions.

What will I learn?

Learn psychology and effective communication to help athletes realise their physical potential, gain an introduction to the anatomical demands of weightlifting and how to use the BWL Technical Model to identify errors and make interventions.

You’ll also be trained in 10 key assistance exercises that can be used to increase performance on the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, create linked and progressive sessions in a 6-week training block, design sessions for groups and individuals and gain an introduction to competition coaching.

You will be able to achieve this qualification after you have successfully completed a selection of online assessments. The course has been structured to allow you to do this from home with support from a BWL Educator who will guide you through the assessment process.

Take a look at all 17 e-learning modules.

What does this course qualify me to do?

Work as an Independent coach in Olympic Weightlifting. You can also apply for a BWL Coach License to assist athletes at national competitions.


You must be at least 17 years of age on the first day of the course, hold your Level 1 certificate in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting and be able to communicate effectively in English.

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