PEYC – Professionalising European Youth Circuses

Started - 19/03/2015 | Ended - 11/10/2017

PEYC was a project aimed at increasing the professional competencies of circus teachers and trainers, and to  improve the quality of youth work done in youth circuses across Europe.

The PEYC project offered training courses for circus trainers and teachers, as well as for youth circus leaders and other administrative staff.

PEYC aimed to encourage the people working in the youth circuses to understand and appreciate their role as a youth worker. In addition to being a recreational activity, circus can also be an effective tool to increase social inclusion and physical and social well-being

The project consisted of three elements; the first Europe wide  implementation of the CATE course developed as a previous project; technical skills masterclasses and management masterclasses

The CATE Basic Circus Trainer Course aimed to support people with some circus teaching experience who are looking to increase their pedagogical skills and increase employment opportunities as a circus trainer. The 12-day-long CATE Basic Circus Trainer Course consisted of two parts, which were hosted in Valladolid and Edinburgh.

The aim of the technical masterclasses was to increase the skills, motivation and professional identity of more experienced circus trainers; they provided them with new pedagogical tools and an opportunity to exchange competencies and good practices with other experienced trainers. The Masterclass modules focused on  themes such as safety, identity, creativity and artistic development, studied through a certain circus discipline.

The management masterclasses focused on different aspects of managing a youth circus, varying from how to start a youth circus to funding.


CATE Training, Valladolid, Spain &  Edinburgh, Scotland September 2015 & March 2016

Technical Masterclasses

Aerials- Brussels, Belgium November 2015

Balance- Strasbourg France January 2016

Acrobatics- Helsinki, Finland June/July 2016

Juggling- Turin Oct/Nov 2016

Management Masterclasses

Human Resources, Hanover Germany December 2016

Governance, Amersfort, Netherlands March 2017

Daily Operational Administration, Hay on Wye, UK May 2017

Project Management Meetings: Gschwend,  Helsinki, Edinburgh, Amersfoort, Florence


Lead partner and Coordinator: Suomen Nuorisosirkusliitto ry – Finland,

Other Partners:

Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Zirkuspädagogik e.V. – Germany,

Vlaams Centrum Voor Circuskunsten Vzw – Belgium

Danske Ungdoms og Børne Artisters Landsforening (DUBAL)- Denmark,

Fédération Française des Ecoles de Cirque (FFEC) – France,

Circus Works – UK,

Circomundo – Netherlands,

Ass Giocolieri e Dintorni – Italy,

Plataforma Espanola Escuela de Circo – Spain

Funders: Erasmus+ KA2


Downloadable – PDF CATE Handbook
Downloadable – Aerial Resources
Downloadable – Balance Resources
Downloadable – Acrobatics Resources
Downloadable – Juggling Resources
Downloadable – Management Resources
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