PEYC (Professionalizing European Youth Circuses) project aims to increase the professional competencies of circus teachers and trainers and improve the quality of youth work done in youth circuses across Europe.
During the project, different training courses will be organised for circus trainers and teachers as well as for youth circus leaders and other administrative staff.
PEYC aims to encourage the people working in the youth circuses to understand their role as a youth worker and to appreciate it. Besides being just a pastime activity, circus can also be an efficient tool to increase social inclusion and physical and social well-being.
PEYC is a collaborative project by 9 European youth circus umbrella organisations and it is funded by Erasmus+ -program.
In PEYC project, there will be two different kind of activities organized: CATE basic trainer course for people who want to become circus trainers, and Master Classes for more experienced circus trainers and other staff of youth circuses.
The aim of the pedagogical Master Classes is to increase the skills, motivation and professional identity of the experienced circus trainers by providing them new pedagogical tools and an opportunity to exchange competencies and good practices with other experienced trainers.
The pedagogical Master Classes will focus on a certain theme, such as identity or safety, that will be studied through a certain circus discipline.
CATE basic circus trainer course aims to support people with previous experience from circus but in the need of a pedagogical, circus-related training to increase their skills to find jobs as circus trainers. The course curriculum is based on the material designed during the CATE project (Circus Adults Training Europe, funded by Grundtvig -program) and will now be implemented on a European level. The 12-day-long CATE consists of two parts that will be held in Valladolid, Spain from August 6th until September 31st 2015, and in Edinburgh, UK between March 3rd and 8th 2016.
The aim of the Master Classes is to increase the skills, motivation and professional identityof more experienced circus trainers by providing them new pedagogical tools and an opportunity to exchange competencies and good practices with other experienced trainers. The Master’s Class modules will focus on a certain theme, such as safety, identity or creativity and artistic development, that will be studied through a certain circus discipline. The Master Classes will be held in Belgium in December 2015 and in Strasbourg, France in January 2016.
The learning materials of the training courses will be available for everyone in an online resource center created during the project. With the help of the materials similar courses can be organised locally or nationally after the project.
PEYC is a collaborative project by 9 European youth circus umbrella organisations. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Youth Circus Association and funded by Erasmus+ -program. All PEYC partners are member organisations of European Youth Circus Organisation (EYCO).
For more information, please contact the PEYC Project Coordinator Katja Ranta-Penttilä