Sport in the RAF
Sport is a vital component of any armed force and critical element of how the RAF builds operational capability generally and warrior spirit more specifically. The RAF Sports Federation is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation working alongside the MOD to help deliver the opportunities for our Servicemen and women to engage in sport at all levels; helping them to develop the character, spirit and attitude to face the challenges and dangers associated with military service.
The RAF has 49 sporting associations active today, ranging from the mainstream sports such as hockey, netball, football, badminton and rugby, to the more extreme, such as kite surfing, sports parachuting, motor sports and snowboarding. Whatever you might be interested in, there is an association for you, you just need to get involved.
These associations are all independently run and have networks of people organising events throughout the sporting year. There are training evenings and training weekends, overseas visits and inter-Service competitions. Novice training camps are generally run on an annual basis to encourage participation, so you may have never even thought about having a go at surfing…but you can learn with the RAF. With the evenings getting lighter, there is more time to get outside after a long day in the office. A great opportunity to get involved.
Sport is one thing…but let’s not forget about Force Development and Adventurous Training. There are so many opportunities for AT at the moment and most of them are even organised for you. The Eagles Scheme provides a number of expeds across the UK and overseas, and this summer you could be Klettersteig mountaineering in Bavaria or canoeing in Sweden. More details can be found on the 22 Gp, RAF Eagle Scheme MOSS site.
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