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GRASSROOTS AND SPORT FOR ALL

Rafting can represent an incredible tool for the development of the active basis of all paddle-sports, from flat-water to canoe-polo.

It is safe, it is based on small and manageable and teams, it is relatively cheap.

These characteristics are to be considered relevant for both the grassroots level and the sport for all level. As a sport for all, rafting can be practiced without a special experience and that is a way to involve more people in the paddle sport activities.

The catchment area of potential rafters does not constitute a competitor for the other ICF disciplines: on the contrary, it can be a complementary activity.
In fact, rafting is not only a whitewater experience. In the last years the diversification of tracks has open up new horizons: urban rivers and, more generally, flatwater rivers represent the perfect scenery for the first paddle sport experience. Thanks to this, rafting represents an accessible introduction for anyone into all ICF disciplines, from flat-water to canoe-polo

Furthermore, rafting as a team sport, is increasingly used by schools and companies: the management of the group dynamics and the team balance, whether it aims at achieving sport or social goals, is the way to co-opt into water experience an important number of people from the educational and labour sector. The World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines regarding sport activities and their social impact laid down in the Council of the European Union’s Recommendations 15575/13 on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors (HEPA), find in rafting a complete fulfilment: rafting is a tool of inclusion and overco- ming differences.

Physical activity, as recommended by the WHO, is important for all age groups, and has particular relevance for children, the working population and the elderly. Being it a prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy workforce, it contributes to the achievement of key objectives defined in the Europe 2020 Strategy, notably with regard to growth, productivity and health .

In this respect, the Italian Rafting Federation has taken part in an important initiative aiming at encouraging the development and implementation of effective HEPA policies, developing some special educational pathways for teachers and coaches.

Different projects have been realised with schools in order to introduce kids to rafting, not only as a recreational and cultural activity, but especially in order to fight physical inactivity and the sedentary behaviours. Physical education at school has the potential to be an effective tool to increase awareness of the importance of HEPA, and schools can be easily and effectively targeted to implement activities in this regard.

Furthermore, rafting as outdoor sport, also represents a tool to raise awareness on environmental issues. The main activity with schools is practiced on river of Class II (flatwater and urban rivers) where the students can rediscover their city’s history and can get awareness of the conditions of the local rivers. The Italian experience shows that the number of rafters is increasing because of the involvement of schools and the organisation of national school championships.

Exciting news for Italian…

03-16-2019 News

"I have good news" says Benedetto Del Zoppo, Sport Department Responsible of the Italian Rafting Federation (FIRAFT): the Italian Paralympic Committee (C.I.P.) recognized Rafting as an official sport by means...

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03-12-2019 News

On 8th March 2019 the International Federation for Sport Officials (IFSO) was created in The Hague (Netherlands). The first general assembly took place at the Peace Palace, the headquarters of...

Awarded the 2021 Senior…

02-27-2019 News

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A successful National Championship…

02-26-2019 News

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2019 Senior World Championships

02-22-2019 News

After the success of the first World Rafting Championship in Italy, last July, Tunceli will host the Senior World Champs: Turkey 2019. After several discussions about the uncertain situation in Sort...

Chile and Brazil ready…

02-19-2019 News

The first WRF Pan-American will be held in the Rio Fuy (Chile) in November 2020, whereas the 2022 edition will be organised in Brazil in Santa Catarina in November. Brasil Rafting...

FFCK and WRF open…

02-19-2019 News

The agonistic field of Rafting has never been a reality in France, despite several athletes from the French slalom and whitewater canoe have been paddling and winning worldwide competitions for...

L'Argentière-La Bessée and FFCK…

02-11-2019 News

On 12th May 2019 France will hold the first National Championship of Rafting: L'Argentière-La Bessée will host professional athletes and beginner rafters (who will be guided by a stag trainer)...

WRF set to launch…

01-19-2019 News

The first World Rafting Federation World Cup of 2019 will be in Tunceli, in the Central-Eastern Turkey from 8th to 13th June: 5 months left to the event and the...

President's annual report: Happy…

12-31-2018 News

President's annual report: Happy New Rafting Year Dear Friends, it is with great pleasure that I write to all of you and wish you a wonderful 2019. 2018 is getting to an end and we...

Glad to announce a…

12-26-2018 News

WRF announces that in December 2018 the Iraqi Canoe Federation (I.C.C.F.) sent the WRF membership application. According to the Cooperative Agreement between ICF and WRF, WRF approved the application of the Iraqi...

IN BRAZIL A GREAT…

12-17-2018 News

Canoe and Rafting Federations of Brazil sign a historical MoU. Interview with Rebeca Fernandes, Vice-President of the Brazilian Rafting Association.  - Rebeca, a new sport era began in Brazil, what do...

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