Physical Recreation

Physical Recreation

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages you to improve your health and fitness, whatever your starting point. You could choose to do a team sport, solo sport or any healthy activity. It could be something you already do regularly, have tried before or something completely new to you.

The Physical Recreation section should make you feel healthy and happy, and should help you build valuable team skills, self-esteem and confidence. It’s also great fun!

Example Ideas

Here’s a list of some Physical Recreation ideas that you could do or use as a starting point to create a programme of your own.

Water sports

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Water polo
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kite boarding
  • Water skiing
  • Diving
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Rowing
  • Canoe polo

Ball Sports

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Handball
  • Cricket
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Table-tennis
  • Lacrosse

Miscellaneous

  • Dancing
  • Cycling
  • Gymnastics
  • Weightlifting
  • Trampolining
  • Wrestling
  • Roller skating
  • Skateboarding
  • BMX
  • Orienteering
  • Badminton
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Athletics

  • Running
  • Jumping (high or long)
  • Throwing (hammer, javelin, shot put)
  • Biathlon, Triathlon, Heptathlon, or Decathlon

Adventure Sports

  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parachuting
  • Caving and pot holing
  • Hang-gliding
  • Paragliding
  • Kite surfing

Martial Arts

  • Karate
  • Aikido
  • Judo
  • Kickboxing
  • Boxing
  • Tae kwon do
  • Kung fu
  • Fencing
  • Kendo

Winter sports

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Luge
  • Bobsleighing
  • Ice skating
  • Ice hockey
  • Curling

Fitness Activities

  • Aerobics
  • Running
  • Skipping
  • Walking
  • Weight training

Animal Sports

  • Horse riding
  • Polo

All the information on this page has come from The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award's Guide for Bronze / Silver / Gold Participants