Games and Recreation

Want to try out a new activity or improve in one you already do? 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 teach you new skills. 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:

Sports leadership & officiating

  • Learn the rules and regulations of a sport of your choice
  • Gain a Sports Leadership UK Award in Dance Leadership
  • Get a qualification in refereeing and join in a sports club to practise
  • Learn how to become a tennis umpire with the Lawn Tennis Association

Snooker, pool & billiards

  • Join a club, take lessons and practise each week
  • Watch online coaching to learn new techniques and improve your average score
  • Learn the difference between the rules of snooker and pool and practise both
  • Be able to use correct cue action, bridge and stance and enter a competition


  • Learn how to go-kart at a local track
  • Increase your speed on each lap by learning the best techniques for steering, braking and racing lines
  • Take part in competitions / races
  • Learn about the ways to drive in different weather conditions

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.


Remember that while all sports require skill to play, this does not mean that they can be used for the Skills section.

Make sure that your sectional activity is focused on skills, theory or the sports history/appreciation and not physical activity. For example the history of football and learning to be a coach or referee can all be Skills section activities, but playing football is a Physical section activity. Many Skills section activities do have a physical element to them, for example brick laying or a car mechanic course, however these, like learning to drive, powerboating and go karting are all Skills section activities. Always confirm your sectional activity choice with your DofE Leader before starting it.

Skills categories

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