Circus Workshops for Children & Youth Groups

Suitable for: Beavers, Cubs & Scouts; Rainbows, Brownies & Guides; Boys’/Girls’ Brigade; children’s centres; church groups; detached/street-based youth projects; playschemes; young carer groups; youth clubs.

Our circus skills workshops can last from an hour to a term and anything in between! They are suitable for all ages and abilities and can be tailor-made to suit your needs.

Skills taught: diabolo; flower stick; juggling balls and scarves; peacock feathers for balancing; plate spinning. Comedy slapstick will also be taught and everyone will have the opportunity to perform at the end of the workshop.

Circus Workshops require a large indoor space, preferably a gymnasium or hall. Rooms with low ceilings are okay for all skills except the diabolo, as this needs more height. Workshops can be held outside on grassed areas (not concrete), though some circus skills are more difficult to learn in windy weather.

Tom from TK Arts has over 25 years of experience working with children and young people at a wide range of clubs and projects. Since qualifying in Youth & Community Work in 1995, Tom has worked for a variety of statutory and voluntary organisations in England and Wales.

From establishing, developing and managing youth centres, drop-in services, community cafes, street-based work and mobile youth projects to assisting, empowering, engaging, inspiring, instructing, motivating and supporting young people, Tom has always stuck to his strong, social education principles: helping people to gain for themselves, the necessary knowledge, experience and skills, in order to meet their own developmental needs and those of others.

If you let us know how many participants you have, along with the length of the workshop you require, we will email you a structured programme of learning for your organisation.

TK Arts Circus Workshop

In all my 20 plus years of teaching circus skills to children and young people, I've never met anyone who has learnt so quickly as this young lad. Having only met him earlier this afternoon at a circus workshop I was running at Jimmyscentrecommunityprojects, he began to show me his cascade with 3 balls. It was a little rough but within 10 minutes he'd pretty much mastered over-the-top, half shower, tennis, under the chin, eating the apple and columns as well as several 2 & 3 ball multiplexes. He then picked up a spinning plate and within another few short minutes, he demonstrated all the plate tricks that I can do, just by watching me do each trick once. Then he went to the diabolo and once again, within a few minutes he had learnt to whip, grind, throw and catch, stopover/trapeze, rip off, two magic knots and suicide (though I usually call this a "danger" trick, as I don't think its real name is very appropriate to teach to children). At the end of the workshop, I met his mother and explained to her how awesome her son's skills are and that not only does he clearly have a natural aptitude for learning these skills but I could also see that he has a huge passion for it too. He's definitely in his element and I'm so looking forward to seeing him again next Sunday to see how he's progressed. I've lent him three balls and a diabolo, and I told him about the Facebook group, Juggling Home, so I'm sure he'll be joining today and will see this video. For anyone who works with children and young people, you'll know that meeting little gems like this lad, is what it's all about. Here's a short video that I took using my phone, although to be fair to him it was filmed within a few minutes of him picking up the diabolo. His mum gave me permission to post it here, so please leave him your positive comments to encourage and inspire him further.

Gepostet von TK Arts am Sonntag, 14. August 2016
Tom's greatest strength is that he fully understands the ethos of working with young people

Tom Kellett is an outstanding performer who specialises in Circus Skills. Tom’s greatest strength is that he fully understands the ethos of working with young people and through his Circus Skills Workshops, provides creative activities which are challenging, educational, recreational and fun. Tom has the knowledge as a fully qualified and nationally recognised youth worker to ensure that young people work and play together in a safe environment ensuring that all abilities and disabilities are catered for. Tom is dedicated, committed and enthusiastic in his approach to working with young people. As a result of his teaching, young people grow in confidence, build up their own self esteem, make new friends, learn new skills and the young people go on to teach circus skills to their peers. I have used Tom for Diversity Festivals, Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral, County Sports Events and International Residentials, to name but a few. Tom is great value for money and when organising a County or Local event, Tom would be top of my list in ensuring the event is a success.

Andy PendleburyArea Youth OfficerKent County CouncilKent
The whole group are still talking about it and want him to come back again.

I had my Beaver Group do a circus day at Camp. Tom was a great guy, very friendly and patient even with the silly beavers. He had them all captivated for the entire day even in 30c heat. The whole group are still talking about it and want him to come back again.

Daniel BishopBeaver Group LeaderRamsgate, Kent
There was much laughter and fun had by all, including some of the leaders who just had to have a go!

Through Young Kent we were able to book Tom for an evening Circus Skills Workshop for our Youth Club members. The children are aged 9-14, and everyone took part in trying almost all of the activities Tom brought to us. There was much laughter and fun had by all, including some of the leaders who just had to have a go! We found Tom to be very good with the children, was patient and also able to hold their attention in the work groups. He provided a great variety of activities for the children to try and we would recommend his services to other youth organisations for a fun evening.

Simon WitheyChairmanChapel Youth Club in Kent
Great fun and at an excellent and affordable price - would thoroughly recommend.

As a youth project that works with young people aged 11-19, it can be hard to find activities that will engage this age group but because of his years as a youth worker, Tom at TK Arts has no problem getting young people involved in his circus skills workshops. During the 4 workshops he delivered for my project over the summer, the young people all enjoyed trying the wide range of circus equipment and Tom was very good at helping the young people get better and better! Great fun and at an excellent and affordable price – would thoroughly recommend.

Natalie Penfold: Senior Worker Maidstone Youth Project for Kent County Council.Maidstone, Kent
Excellent range of skills, expertly taught, friendly and good control of exuberant children.

Excellent range of skills, expertly taught, friendly and good control of exuberant children. Kept children involved. Good finish, will invite back.

Peter GillmanVolunteer Castaways Youth ClubKent
He even encouraged young people who are difficult to engage in activities, to develop their co-ordination and skills.

Young people found the session fun and learnt new skills. One young person said that the instructor was humorous. Tom kept an active audience for the whole session. He even encouraged young people who are difficult to engage in activities, to develop their co-ordination and skills.

Amanda AgatesYouth Development Worker Medway Youth Service.
Tom has inspired hundreds of young people in his career as a Youth Practitioner.

Tom has inspired hundreds of young people in his career as a Youth Practitioner. He has boundless energy, creativity and enthusiasm to offer in his work. He is a highly skilled circus performer and great to work with in a team situation. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Emily Rose GreenwoodDirector, Freelance Performer, Aerial Teacher and ChoreographerEmily Rose Circus.
Tom is great value for money and when organising a County or Local event, Tom would be top of my list in ensuring the event is a success.

Tom Kellett is an outstanding performer who specialises in Circus Skills. Tom’s greatest strength is that he fully understands the ethos of working with young people and through his Circus Skills Workshops, provides creative activities which are challenging, educational, recreational and fun. Tom has the knowledge as a fully qualified and nationally recognised youth worker to ensure that young people work and play together in a safe environment ensuring that all abilities and disabilities are catered for. Tom is dedicated, committed and enthusiastic in his approach to working with young people. As a result of his teaching, young people grow in confidence, build up their own self esteem, make new friends, learn new skills and the young people go on to teach circus skills to their peers. I have used Tom for Diversity Festivals, Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral, County Sports Events and International Residentials, to name but a few. Tom is great value for money and when organising a County or Local event, Tom would be top of my list in ensuring the event is a success.

Andy PendleberyArea Youth OfficerKent County Council
The young people all had a great time and loved every minute.

We asked for Tom as his enthusiasm and professional approach create an atmosphere that is so good for our young people. The young people all had a great time and loved every minute.

Fostered Children's Club CoordinatorKent County CouncilBewl Water
Tom knows how to get them engaged/involved. Most were enthralled.

Tom knows how to get them engaged/involved. Most were enthralled. The members listened well to the instructions and concentrated on learning new skills. They were unhappy when it was time to pack up! I would recommend Tom to others and would certainly have him back.

PaulaJoint Leader Halling Youth Club
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