More About Physical Recreation

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Physical Recreation

Gain a sense of achievement
and good health through
physical activity.


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. The aim is to encourage participation in physical recreation to help improve performance, health and fitness.

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  
  • Badminton 
  • Dancing 
  •  Cycling

“Play is the highest form of research”

Albert Einstein

Time Requirements

Award Minimum time If Service chosen as longest section
Bronze 3 months 6 months
Silver 6 months 12 months*
Gold 12 months 18 months**
* (non Bronze holders only or ‘direct entrants’)
** (non Silver holders only)

Impact and benefits

Taking part in any form of physical activity has many benefits, including some or all of the following::

  • Developing a healthy lifestyle
  • Improving fitness
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Interacting socially, especially in a team sport
  • Enhancing self-discipline and self-motivation
  • Experiencing a sense of achievement
  • Raising awareness of the variety of opportunities available in the area
  • Encouraging teamwork
  • Enjoyment

Some of the projects participants have done for their service section