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Physical Recreation

To encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement in physical fitness and performance.

The Physical Recreation Section of The Duke of Ed gives you the opportunity to participate in physical activity in a variety of ways: some people want to train alone, others enjoy non-competitive activity with one or more friends, others love the challenge of team sports, and others still are exhilarated by the thrill of competition.

No matter what your physical or mental ability or inclination is, as long as you have the determination, this Section offers the opportunity to develop healthy fitness habits that will hopefully carry on long after an Award has been achieved.

Get inspired through Stories on what others have done for their Physical Rec!

Taking part in any physical activity has many benefits for all Participants. Mostly, the activity should be enjoyable and the goals set are realistic, so that at the end of the Section, you should feel a real sense of achievement. Benefits of Physical Recreation include:

  • It’s personal and fun: You choose the physical activity you are interested in so you will have fun doing it. 
  • You choose the level of competition: Not all physical activity has to be a competition against someone else. If you want to work at your own pace and do an individual activity, then great. Conversely, if you love the thrill of competition, you can get out there and participate in something that has a competitive element to it, be it team sport or an individual pursuit.
  • You might surprise yourself: Sometimes it’s easier to think you won’t be able to do something, rather than actually trying to do it. Get out there and give it a go – you never know what you might achieve!
  • You can do it with your friends, and you might make some new ones along the way: Whether you choose an individual or team activity, chances are you’ll meet other people who have similar interests.
  • You will feel great: Ever heard of the expression ‘runner’s high’? The endorphins your body creates when you work up a sweat may be enough to get you out there for more than just an hour a week!
  • Your mind will be clear: Exercise is a great way to clear the mind and gain focus in other aspects of your life.

For this Section, Participants must:

  1. Undertake an activity regularly where you work up a sweat, for the required minimum length of time depending on Award level chosen.
  2. Meet the minimum time requirements, depending on The Award level chosen.
  3. Show regular commitment, progress and improvement in your chosen activity.
  4. Understand that regular commitment means at least one (1) hour per week, two (2) hours per fortnight or four (4) hours every four weeks.
  5. Undertake activities substantially in your own time. This means that while some activity may take place within school, university or work hours, most of it should occur outside of these scheduled times.

Please note that goals should be realistic and achievable within an individual’s ability. Like all Sections of The Duke of Ed, choosing a physical activity is a personal choice. You should choose a physical activity that interests you. This could be something new, or something you are already doing and want to improve.

Some Participants may feel comfortable ‘doing it alone’ and choosing something no one in their peer group is doing. Others may want to choose an activity that they can do with their friends, with the group dynamic offering the inspiration and motivation needed to get through. The important thing is for Participants to choose something they enjoy, to measure their own personal effort, and to undertake an activity which improves their physical well-being. Like all Award activities, all Physical Recreation activities must be unpaid.

It can be helpful for a Participant to link in with a club or follow a program of a sport’s national governing body (e.g. achieving a certain level under the auspices of Gymnastics Australia) in order to provide structure to the activity. Using guidelines can also be helpful in setting meaningful and achievable goals.

• Abseiling
• Aerobics
• Archery
• Athletics
• Badminton
• Ballet
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Biathalon
• Bowls
• Boxing
• Bush Walking
• Canoeing
• Carpet Bowls
• Cricket
• Croquet
• Cross Country Running
• Cycling
• Dancing
• Diving
• Football
• Golf
• Gymnastics
• Handball
• Hiking
• Hockey
• Horse Riding
• Ice Hockey
• Ice Skating
• Indoor Cricket
• Indoor rock climbing
• Inline Hockey
• Jogging
• Judo
• Karate
• Kayaking
• Lacrosse
• Line Dancing
• Little Athletics
• Marching
• Motorcross racing
• Mountain bike riding
• Netball
• Pentathalons
• Physical fitness program
• Polo
• Polo Crosse
• Power Walking
• Racquetball
• Rock Climbing
• Roller Blading
• Roller Skating
• Rounders
• Rowing
• Rugby
• Running
• Sailing
• Scuba diving
• Skateboarding
• Skiing
• Skipping
• Snowboarding
• Soccer
• Softball
• Square Dancing
• Squash
• Surfing
• Swimming
• Table tennis
• Tap Dancing
• Tae-Kwon Do
• Ten pin bowling
• Tennis
• Trampolining
• Triathalons
• Volleyball
• Walking
• Water Windsurfing
• Wrestling
• Yachting
• Yoga

How do I tell if my activity is Physical Activity or Skill?
Physical Activity should increase your heart rate, fitness or physical strength, whereas a Skill is more passive and increases your knowledge and understanding.

Can ballet (or any type of dancing) be used as Physical Recreation?
Yes, dance is Physical Recreation. To be used as a Skill, your activity would need to be more passive, such as focusing on the theory and history of ballet or choreography.

Can martial arts be used as Physical Recreation?
Yes, because you are increasing your heart rate and becoming fitter. However, if you study the history behind martial arts it could then be classified as a Skill.

Can umpiring be used as Physical Recreation?
It can be used in either Physical Recreation, Skill or Service depending on the goal you set and as long as you are not being paid for doing it.