PE courses involving circus skills – such as acrobatics, trapeze work, diabolo and even being a clown – are going over big in rugby-mad Wales, reports Matt Pickles.
Miss Piper strides into her PE class in Pentrehafod School near Swansea with a bulky, lime green kit bag over her shoulder. The bag is not filled with rugby balls, bibs and cones as her pupils might expect. Instead, it holds a colourful collection of juggling balls, diabolos and spinning plates. Kate Piper is one of 12 teachers in South Wales taking part in a Government-funded project to diversifying traditional sports-based PE lessons by offering pupils circus skills training. The Physical Literacy Project for Schools trial, which is led by the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy based at the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD), will end next March. But those involved say the results so far make a “compelling” case for circus to become a permanent part of PE teaching across the country.
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