Physical Recreation

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.

Encouraging healthy behaviours has benefits, not only for participants but also for their communities, whether through improved health, or active participation in team activities. This Section specifically aims to improve the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of participants.


Examples of Physical Recreation

  • Ball sports - football, rugby, volleyball, basketball, cricket, golf, tennis
  • Athletics - running, jumping, throwing, biathlon, triathlon, decathlon
  • Water sports - canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, diving, kite boarding
  • Winter sports - skiing, snowboarding, curling, bobsleigh, ice hockey 
  • Martial arts - karate, judo, kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, kendo
  • Animal sports - horse riding, polo 

Time requirements

  • Bronze - At least 3 months
  • Silver - At least 6 months 
  • Gold - At least 12 months 

The Award near you

Contact your nearest Award operator for more examples of the Physical Recreation activities you can do, and to sign up for the Award where you are.

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