Structure of 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 Sports Federation is co-located with the Directorate of RAF Sport and together we form the Headquarters RAF Sport based at RAF Halton near Aylesbury. Underneath the Headquarters are 49 sports associations run almost exclusively by hundreds of volunteers who give up their free time to enable our Servicemen and women to enjoy a host of sporting activities which helps provide balance to their demanding Service careers. Broadly speaking, the Directorate looks after policy, delivery and sports assurance; whilst the Federation acts as the umbrella charity for the 49 associations who are all independent charities in their own right.
The RAF Sports Federation provides a governance framework and financial support to 49 RAF sports associations, who are all individual charities in their own right. We help them to administrate, organise and deliver over 80 different sports for RAF Servicemen and women and quite literally cover the ‘A to Z’ of sport. The activities the associations run range from grass roots festivals to competitive events in the UK and overseas.