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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.

Tunceli and Turkish Federation…

10-07-2018 News

Yesterday (7th October) the World Rafting Federation (WRF) and the Turkish Rafting Federation have signed an important agreement for the development of "WRF Training Program for raft and coaches" in Turkey.  According this...

WRF launches its Training…

10-04-2018 News

WRF has launched its Training Programme for Raft Guide & Coaches. The Programme is the result of the WRF Commission’s work started in Kosovo during the week of WRF World Cup...

WRF is excited to…

09-29-2018 News

The capital of Ukraine is ready to host the event of the next week: Pre World Rafting Championship. It is a test event: for the first time, as a WRF's...

Chilean athletes lining up…

09-04-2018 News

Less than 1 month to one of the most important events of the South America: 23 days left until the National Championship in Chile! Pucòn will host the biggest exponents of...

ERDOĞAN MEETS THE TURKISH…

08-24-2018 News

11/08/2018, Rize, Turkey - Before the Turkish Super League's football match Çaykur Rizespor VS Kasimpaşa the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a meeting with the WRF Vice President and...

WRF Pararafting Sport Categories…

08-20-2018 News

KIEV, UKRAINE - The WRF Pararafting Commission chaired by Mr. Oleksandr Bakanychev has published the sport categories for Para Rafting competitions; according to the International Para Olympic Committee requirements, the Commission composed...

Armenian Minister of Sport…

08-14-2018 News

After the World Rafting Championship settled in Italy from 21st to 24th of July the President of the Armenian Rafting Federation and the Rafting.am club met Mr. Levon Vahradyan, Minister of Sport...

U23 & Juniors Worlds…

08-01-2018 News

U23 & JUNIOR WORLD RAFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018: AN INCREDIBLE FIGHT TO CONQUER THE WORLD TITLES  Villeneuve and Ivrea has hosted 40 teams competing in the 3 World Rafting Federation disciplines: downriver, slalom...

TIME TO SLALOM RACE

07-23-2018 News

The second race of these World Championships is over. Today, in Ivrea, the athletes performed in the Slalom race discipline on the Dora Baltea River. 25 teams tested the water...

ITALY DOMINATES DOWNRIVER IN…

07-23-2018 News

This morning competition was a bit hard because of the river condition. For this reason and the strength of the water, some athletes got to the end of the course...

OPEN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

07-22-2018 News

The first day of official trainings, prior of definitive races, came to an end.  The athletes enjoyed the day without rain, which went better as the hours were passing by. Paraphrasing...

Best in the world…

07-18-2018 News

07.18.2018, Ivrea - The most important event for the world of rafting is everyday closer: the World Rafting Championships for the categories Junior and U23, which will be held in...