A short summary of OUR project
This is the first time the University of Nottingham has made it to the international stage in the sport of Powerlifting and the team is very proud to be representing the University, as well as Great Britain. We are raising money to help us pay for the expense of travelling to Pilsen in the Czech Republic, and staying there during the World University Powerlifting Cup!
Who are we?
Well, as you can probably guess, we all spend a fair bit of time in the gym. Like nearly everyone who has taken out a gym membership, we were initially interested in looking better and getting fitter. Once we became too large to buy normal jeans we thought we better put our muscle mass to good use! Now, we all lift with the purpose of getting stronger, specifically in 3 barbell lifts: the Squat, Bench and Deadlift. These are the powerlifting competition movements.
We would like to send our team of 8 men to the world championships and would really appreciate any help you can give us in getting there! We have all become good friends and training partners through powerlifting, and if you are interested in taking up the sport (or are already strong!) then please feel free to contact us or come up to us at the David Ross Sports Village on campus! :)
Powerlifting is a unique sport. It's quite niche, so niche in fact that most people reading this probably won't have heard of it. To those people, I urge you to watch our video above to get a better idea of what we train for. It is far more than simply moving large weights about and acting macho. It is actually a wonderful way of seeing self-progress, through the increase in the amount of weight one can lift from week to week, month to month, even year to year. I think a lot of people derive self-confidence from the sport that carries over into other aspects of their life.
There is also a huge technique element to the sport, and the greatest powerlifters in the world put on astonishing displays of human strength. I encourage you to watch a video showcasing the highlights from this year's "Animal Cage" at the Arnold Fitness Expo, which includes a discussion of 'What is Strength?': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfKwTT3a-dA
Nearly two dozen Nottingham powerlifters competed this year at the British Universities' Championships in Northampton. There were over 400 competitors there in total, the most there has ever been. Powerlifting is growing rapidly as a sport, and the atmosphere at certain moments in the day was electrifying. As a result, is it becoming more competitive, and we had to perform at our best to come in the top 5 university teams and qualify to go to the World University Cup. Our team was only formed this year, having existed as a barbell society before, so to qualify on our inaugural venture to the championships is surprising and delightful, especially given that for most of our lifters, this was their first time competing.
Unfortunately, powerlifting is still a small sport, and despite some excellent live streams and commentary of recent competitions (as there will be for the World Uni Cup, so you can watch us live!) there is not a lot of sponsorship or funding in the sport. The British Powerlifting organisation have kindly agreed to pay for all teams' entry fees, but the travel, accommodation and food costs are up to us. Please see below for a more detailed breakdown of costs!
Where will the money go?
We will be spending the money on flights to the Czech Republic and accommodation whilst there. The IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) has said all competitors must stay in the official hotel, which costs 42/55/88 Euros pppn for a triple/double/single room. We will be staying in triple rooms as much as possible. The entire event lasts from Sunday the 8th to Saturday the 14th of July, though none of us are staying for the whole thing, only for 2-3 nights around the day on which we are competing. The cheapest flights are around £100, and there are 9 of us going (team of 8 plus our president). So, these costs come to:
9 people all staying in (on average) double rooms, for 2.5 nights = 9*2.5*£50 = £1125
9 people's flights = 9*£100 = £900.
So, in total, around £2000. We would be amazed at your generosity if we were able to raise this much, but it is an awful lot, so any part of this amount would be a great help to us.
We have an active instagram account: @uonbarbellclub / https://www.instagram.com/uonbarbellclub/ and will give any donators a shoutout on there! Any big donations will receive a tribute in the form of a horrific AMRAP (as many reps as possible) workout on video!
Find us here
Instagram is probably the best way to find us and see us lift! @UoNBarbellClub is our club's handle, where the best feats of strength from club members are shared. From here, you can probably find the whole of the team! https://www.instagram.com/uonbarbellclub/
Help us succeed!
You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please use the social media buttons to share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.
And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.