The Physical Recreation section of The Duke of Ed encourages you to get active and improve your physical performance. You can choose individual or team activities; competitive or non-competitive activities.
- Ball sports and team sports: basketball, football, hockey, netball, rugby, volleyball, water polo.
- Movement and dance: aerobics, circus sports, dancing, gymnastics, martial arts, yoga.
- Outdoors and adventure: caving, orienteering, snowboarding, surfing.
- Racquet games: badminton, squash, tennis.
- Other: archery, athletics, bowling, cycling, equestrian, skateboarding, swimming, walking.
- You don’t need to be part of a club—but you will need an adult with skills and experience in your chosen activity to help you and be your assessor.
- You can count an activity you do during school or university but you need to prove you are doing most of the activity in your own time.
- You can do the same activity through the different levels of The Duke of Ed—you just need to show you’re improving and building on your skills at each level.
- You’re encouraged to pick 1 activity for each Award and stick to it. If this isn’t possible, you can do more than 1 activity to meet the requirements. For example, if your activity is seasonal, you can choose one activity for winter and another for summer.
You need to do an average of 1 hour per week in your chosen activity over a minimum of:
- Bronze level—3 months (6 months if you choose Physical Recreation as your major*)
- Silver level—6 months (12 months for direct entrants** who choose Physical Recreation as their major*)
- Gold level—12 months (18 months for direct entrants** who choose Physical Recreation as their major*).
*A major is an award section for which you have to complete an extra 3 to 6 months of activity (the length of time depends on your award level). Only new participants need to complete a major—that is, all Bronze participants as well as direct entrants at the Silver and Gold levels. You can choose 1 of Voluntary Service, Skills or Physical Recreation as your major.
**A direct entrant means you have not completed the level below the one you are entering (Bronze for Silver; Silver for Gold).