Racquet sports

Think you could be the next Andy Murray? Or always wanted to have a go at squash? This is your chance!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a person, people or group local to you that could help. You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will improve your physical fitness. Along the way you’ll have fun, make friends, learn new skills – or even share your own skills with others!

Here are just a few ideas of the sort of things you could do to get you started:


  • Learn how to play doubles and arrange a tournament with friends
  • Join a badminton club and play every week, setting yourself targets to improve
  • Gain a badminton award, through a course and regular practice
  • Learn how and when to use a wide variety of strokes from smashing to delicate tumbling net returns


  • Take lessons to learn how to spin the ball, including topspin, backspin and sidespin
  • Train for, and take part in, tennis tournaments
  • Learn new strokes, including serves, forehands, backhands and volleys
  • Join a tennis club and practice with different players, in different weather conditions and on different surfaces


  • Take lessons to learn the different types of shots, such as volley and drop shot
  • Practice squash every week so you can keep up a rally with a friend
  • Learn how to play a game and keep score
  • Improve your movement and technique

Remember, these are just a few ideas. Chat to your Leader, family, friends and people who’ve already achieved an Award to see what they’ve done and what opportunities are available in your local area.

Don’t forget to check with your Leader that what you choose to do meets the DofE’s requirements for this section and your level.

Physical categories

Find out more about what you can do under the eight Physical section category headings:

Team sports

Individual sports

Water sports

Racquet sports



Extreme sports

Martial arts

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