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Support and sponsorship

When you’re competing or representing the Services in authorised sporting events, your expenses are covered by the RAF. This may include travel, entry fees and equipment.

Simon Taylor
Physical Training Instructor

‘I have to find time to train for the pentathlon, but I get sponsorship from the RAF which pays for things like membership costs, equipment, travel and accommodation. Competing professionally can often be expensive, so it’s great to have the extra support available.’

Working hours and leave

Although our personnel arrange most of their sport to take place outside working hours, if you’re participating in an authorised RAF sports event, you’ll be ‘on duty’. This means you wouldn’t have to use up your annual leave to take part.

Under our Elite Athlete Scheme, RAF personnel who either demonstrate advanced potential or are selected to represent their country may even be given time away from work to achieve their sporting goals.

Lucy Sheppard
RAF Police Officer

‘The RAF has been incredibly supportive of my sporting ambitions. After two years in the Service they gave me a year off to study a Masters in criminology and play hockey full time. I don’t think that would have been possible in a “normal” job.’

The RAF Sports Lottery

The RAF Sports Lottery was created in 1993 by the RAF Sports Board. It has an annual income exceeding £2 million and £20,000 is awarded each week in prize money. After prize money and running costs are deducted, around £1 million per annum is available to sports associations, RAF units and individual grants to RAF sports.

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