The RAF Sports Federation can trace its charitable lineage back almost to the formation of the Royal Air Force. The Royal Air Force Sports Board was established following the disbandment of the RAF Central Sports Fund and the RAF Officers’ Sports Funds in 1921 when the funds released were invested in the Air Council Central Fund Sports Board. The Sports Board was reconstituted in 1948 before being amalgamated into the RAF Central Fund in 1964.
A fundamental review of the operations and corporate governance of the RAF Central Fund was carried out in 2013 and on 1 March 2014 following Charity Commission approval, all activities, employees, assets and liabilities within the unincorporated RAF Central Fund, which did not relate to sport, were transferred to a newly incorporated charity ‘The Royal Air Force Central Fund’. The sporting activities undertaken under the management of the RAF Sports Board, having been identified as sufficiently diverse to the Fund’s other core activities, were retained within the existing charity under the new name of ‘The Royal Air Force Sports Board’. The Board of Trustees took the decision to incorporate and in July 2016 the Charity Commission approved the registration of the RAF Sports Federation as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.