Camborne students receive circus awards

Media Release, 17th November 2008

Cornish charity Cirque du Ciel will be celebrating on Saturday 22 November. A group of young people from the Camborne area will be travelling west for a circus workshop and award presentation, the culmination of a highly successful circus skills project.

Thanks to a total of £9000 funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation and Awards for All, over the past few months Cirque du Ciel has been working in several schools in West Cornwall. Camborne Science and Community College hosted seven of these workshops. They not only learnt circus skills for themselves, but also how to share these with their peers. Some of the group had been attending the charity’s workshops for more than two years, and a total of 13 from the Camborne group will be receiving certificates on Saturday.

A total of around 50 participants from all the schools have been invited to the YMCA in Penzance to a celebration event led by professional performer and diablo expert, Steve Washington. It will be a chance for the young people from the different areas to meet each other.

Spokesperson, Barbara Smith, said:

‘Cirque du Ciel was founded on the principle that our students don’t just learn to walk on stilts or juggle clubs. They learn concentration, responsibility, teamwork, and how to socialise and consider other people. It’s a healthy outlet for youthful energy, and it’s also edgy and fun.’

After the workshop Steve will be presenting this year’s Cirque du Ciel awards, including the 13 to young people from Camborne. They have all taken part in the charity’s own accreditation scheme. They have all achieved merit certificates in three categories: circus skills; personal development; and working with others, in order to qualify for the full Award. From there, young people can be signposted towards other forms of accreditation such as Youth Achievement and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Cirque du Ciel is very grateful to YMCA Cornwall for generously providing the venue for Saturday’s special event, and for their on-going support to the organisation.

Cirque du Ciel started out 8 years ago as the Aerial Puppetry Foundation, and has been bringing the magic of the circus to the fields and streets of Cornwall ever since. It is now both a company and a charity, and has recently been awarded funding from the Henry Smith Charity to appoint its first dedicated charity manager.

Further information:
Barbara Smith, Press Officer –