For serving RAF personnel to develop their full potential through sport and physical activities.
To enable serving RAF personnel to access sporting opportunities and physical activities.
Who We Are
We are an independent charity that supports serving RAF personnel through grant funding to enable them to take part in sports and physical activities at all levels.
We want everyone in the RAF regardless of their role, rank, physical ability or competing level to have access to sports facilities, equipment, and training through our support we help to safeguard their health and wellbeing.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Grants and Donor
1919 - 1922
Formation of the Air Council Central Fund to collate from disbanded RAF units monies donated to support the welfare of others in RAF service by both commissioned and Non-commissioned RAF personnel
1922 - 1937
The continued input and amalgamation of non-public welfare funds to improve the amenities of service life for the benefit of serving personnel
Fund renamed ‘RAF Central Reserve Fund’ and the objectives of the Fund widened to allow for the provision of support towards the formation of Messes and Service Institutes at new RAF Units
Fund registered under its current name as the ‘RAF Central Fund’
RAF Sports Lottery established by the charity to generate additional funding to supplement income generated from invested monies
The Mechanics Fund amalgamated into the Fund with the objectives of providing enrichment funding to support RAF trainees
Fund incorporated with charitable constitution which reconfirms its original charitable purpose of providing enduring support to our serving personnel
The Fund continues to work with our RAF colleagues to identify and respond to the evolving needs of our beneficiaries
Latest Faces of The Fund
Opportunities and Determination – Saul’s Story
Having been in the RAF for 36 years in a variety of different roles at various Stations, Warrant Officer Saul Vine’s career has been full of opportunities. Whether they’ve been offered or sought out, Saul has always been determined to succeed through doing his best and making a difference. Here Saul explains how taking up a new sport a bit later in life doesn’t mean you have to stay at grass roots level and how he found himself representing the RAF in his fifties.
20th April 2022
New bikes for new squadron club
The RAF’s 78 Squadron at Swanwick have recently formed their very own cycle club thanks to a grant from the RAF Central Fund to purchase ten new Carrera road bikes.
6th April 2022
Building community spirit at Boulmer with two new sports clubs
Two of our Central Fund team recently headed to RAF Boulmer for the official opening of not one but two new sports clubs, both of which were seed funded by our station level grants programme.
25th March 2022
Latest Faces of The Fund
International Women’s Day – Jennie’s Story
This International Women’s Day we are celebrating Chief Technician Jennie Anstey, who has been in the RAF for 20 years as an Avionics Technician. Having served all over the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq, Jennie’s most recent deployment has been within the UK assisting with the vaccination effort. Jennie tells her story of organising ice hockey Learn to Play events to bring more people into her sport as well as being a proud team member of the only female military ice hockey team.
8th March 2022