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Sport in the RAF

Centres of excellence

Centres of Excellence have cutting-edge facilities for RAF personnel to hone particular skills on. The RAF Halton Centre of Excellence has a tennis centre with 13 outdoor and six indoor courts, a gymnasium, and a bar and dining area. There is also a Centre of Excellence for rowing, canoeing, cruising, sailing and a wide range of waterborne activities at The Royal Air Force Watersports Centre in Danesfield.

Adventurous training

Adventurous Training is a way of life in the RAF. It’s challenging, enjoyable and encourages teamwork. Expeditions and adventures are organised at home and around the world in over 100 activities. These could see you scuba diving in the Red Sea, climbing peaks in the Himalayas or kayaking the rivers of Canada, all while getting paid.

Creating champions

We sponsor elite athletes across a range of sports by giving them the time, equipment and financial support they need to develop their talents to the full and reach the peaks of performance. What’s more, if RAF personnel are participating in an authorised sporting event, they’re considered ‘on duty’, so they don’t have to use up any of their annual leave when they compete. We’ve helped the UK produce national and international champions in boxing, sub-aqua, rally driving, rugby, sprint, cycling, sea angling, canoeing, triathlon, skeleton bob, shotokan karate, motorcycling, microlight, javelin, athletics and snowboarding.

Keeping fit

Being fit gives you more energy to spring into action when the pressure is on. It’s also a great way to meet people, build team spirit and hone your leadership skills. Once you’re in the RAF, it’s your responsibility to stay fit. We make this easy – with training and sports facilities available on-base and a great fitness culture. You might fancy a lunch time swim or an hour in the gym. You might want to slip on your boots and play five-a-side football with your workmates. Perhaps you’ll head for the hills on adventurous activities like gliding or climbing. It’s all up to you – the RAF offers you the chance to live life to the max.

Take a look at our blogs section to see what other sports activities we get involved in, such as the Winter Olympics.

Trying new things

Get a taste of the types of activities you can get involved in, such as mountain biking, jumping out of planes, Nordic skiing in Germany, running marathons in Malta, volleyball tournaments and more...To watch the full Gradcracker/ABB webinar, click here.

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