Circus, as a discipline, provides a variety of experiences and activities which positively affect emotional, physical, and mental health well-being as well as the ability to focus and self-confidence.
Studies have shown that circus skills programmes for young people, apart from enhancing physical, emotional and mental health, contribute to the development of self-confidence, self-efficacy, problem solving, trust, communication and leadership skills (Maglio, 2005). Thus, circus activities promote the development of various life skills that young people may not be able to develop in school or at home.
Unlike other sport programs (e.g.,Neely, McHugh, Dunn, & Holt, 2017), circus arts programs generally feature a cooperative setting, mixed-gender activities, and acceptance of all youth irrespective of body type, initial competence, or other limitations (Bolton, 2004; McCutcheon, 2003; Ott, 2005). Project code: 2021-1-CY02-KA220-YOU-000029183