HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, following the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise Departments in 2005. We currently employ around 65,000 people of whom around 20,000 are members of the Revenue and Customs Sports and Leisure (RCSL).
Although HMRC retains policy responsibility for Customs, most of the front line work is performed by the UK Border Force, which is an agency of the Home Office. UK membership of ECSA is maintained primarily through RCSL but with input from the UK Border Force Sports body. The UK Border Force has its own events and its members have participated in ECSA Table Tennis, Volleyball and Swimming.
Sport plays a very big part in the fabric of both Departments; RCSL has a flagship event each year, National Sports Weekend, involving between 500 and 800 members at any one time. We also have over 35 different sports activities in organised sections or smaller sports clubs.
2010 saw the UK organise its first sports competition – Six-a-Side football. Since then we have organised Swimming, Golf, Cycling and Tenpin Bowling and the UK actively participates in ECSA activities, sending competitors to most events, particularly the Nijmegen Marches, Athletics, Volleyball and Football.