Circus is a unique discipline in the way that it blends elements of sport and art, and brings together highly developed physical competencies, a strong sense of community and creative self-expression in a non-competitive context. Our approach is based on proven models of community circus from the UK and Europe, which demonstrate documented social benefits. We are proud to be establishing these in Scotland. The primary benefits of social circus are documented in a range of research and analysis across the world.
Physical Literacy and Competence
Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. Circus in particular helps to develop all of these traits, and research demonstrates that taught programmes not only enhanced motor competence, but children felt more talented, and girls associated happiness more with movement.
Improved Resilience & Wellbeing
Research has strongly linked physical literacy to resilience which can be described as ‘bounce-back ability’. While resilience is often created in negative circumstances, circus provides a safe atmosphere to experience positive challenges pitched at the right level of difficulty. Evidence suggests that circus has a particularly strong impact for young people facing adversity and disadvantage. A 2019 study suggests a sevenfold ROI, with social circus having positive impacts for children’s mental wellbeing, socialisation skills, physical enjoyment and resilience.
Overcoming Fear of Failure
Evidence shows that a growth mindset, which can be cultivated in many aspects of life, is a key to continued learning and enjoyment for all ages. Circus creates an environment where it is safe to fail and where mistakes are celebrated as a necessary part of the process.