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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.

WRF organises the first…

07-09-2019 News

Be young Be water is a worldwide rafting training camp organized thanks the collaboration between F.I.Raft, W.R.F. and the Italian Society CVA (Compagnia Valdostana delle Acque SPA). From 28th July to...

The First Lady…

06-26-2019 News

2 weeks after the World Championship 2019 in Tunceli, the local governor Tuncay Sonel confirms that the project Zero Waste, completely supported by the Turkish First Lady Emine Erdoğan, has been...

Brazil and Russia triumph…

06-15-2019 News

  Brazil and Russia triumph at the Worlds titles. Chile and Italy make progress, but the revelation crew of 2019 is Kazakhstan. On 11th June the Munzur river hosted the RX for women...

Brazil and Russia take…

06-10-2019 News

Brazil and Russia are officially the first winners of the World Rafting Championship 2019! The Tunceli downriver took place this morning in the upper section of the river where 3 teams...

World Rafting Championships are…

06-10-2019 News

  "500 days ago representatives from 15 countries founded the WRF in Belgrade, rafting lovers with a dream who came together from all over the world in order to create a...

Turkey 2019: rafters on…

06-09-2019 News

  Günaydın World Rafting Champs! 23 men, 12 women and 13 mix teams from the whole World of Rafting woke up in Tunceli, surrounded by the limestone massif of Middle-East Anatolia, where...

Eyes on Tunceli: the…

05-27-2019 News

The countdown started months ago and now it marks 12 days to the WRF Senior World Championship, Turkey 2019. Albania, Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Georgia, India, Iran...

Welcome on board Slovenia…

05-20-2019 News

Welcome on board to 5 countries who signed as new members of WRF: the Real Federación Española de Piragüismo, the Slovenian Rafting Federation, the Federación Venezolana de Canotaje, the Pakistan Canoe &...

L'Argentiere crowns the first…

05-15-2019 News

The first National Rafting Championship in French history is over: the union between the estabilished and competitive Canoe "d'eau vive" and the passion of Rafting guides laid the foundation of...

Võhandu Maraton: paddle an…

05-14-2019 News

  100 Km/24 hours: this challenge was born on 22nd June 2006 when 23 boats started from Voru and 18 of those arrived to the Lake Pihkva/Pskovskoe. 13 years later, on 19th...

Romania: another successfull WRF…

05-04-2019 News

Straight after the excellent new that the Federatia Romana de Kaiac Canoe (FRKC) joined the World Rafting Federation, the Romanian Rafting started working for the WRF Training Programme for River Guide...

China joins World Rafting…

04-24-2019 News

On 19th April the CESA (Chinese Extreme Sports Association) has received in its headquarter in Beijing the WRF Delegation. The meeting between the CESA President, Mr. Wang Xuan, and the WRF President...

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