The World Class Lifting High Performance Centre opened in January 2009 and is a partnership between World Class Lifting and Leeds Metropolitan University and is the main training base for the World Class Weightlifting and Paralympic Powerlifting squads.
This is a facility that has been specifically designed for Olympic Weightlifting and Paralympic Powerlifting and is one of the few facilities in the UK which can host weightlifting and paralympic powerlifting squad camps. The centre is equipped with 6 standard and 1 competition size lifting platforms, and for the Paralympic athletes, 4 disability powerlifting benches.
There are over 1000kgs of weights and enough Olympic bars to ensure each platform can be fully utilised.
Other equipment has been kept to a minimum to maintain the lifting area however there are two power rack cages, a leg press and a cable crossover machine in addition to the Olympic weights.
New student accommodation in the Carnegie Village built on the same campus as the High Performance Centre means that athletes can stay on-site so increasing recovery time and reducing travel costs. The accommodation is self-catering and is available during term time which means that the athletes on the World Class Programmes can attend camps throughout the year and put into practice their cooking skills.
The Yorkshire and North East Division of BWLA currently use the WCL HPC for their bimonthly regional squads. Any enquiries from weightlifting or disability Powerlifting clubs or divisions regarding use of the High Performance Centre should be directed to the World Class Lifting Performance Manager Fiona Lothian. Any other sports or organisations wishing to enquire about use of the World Class Lifting High Peformance Centre should contact Jacqui Stephens.
The High Performance Centre is shared with Leeds Met University sports scholars and TASS athletes based in Leeds.