Open Training

About

Circus artists can apply to become an Open Training Member in order to access our facilities for independent training. Membership is primarily intended for professional artists. More information about the application process can be found here.

Schedule

Due to the current health situation, members must apply for a place at each training session they wish to attend. Walk-up places are not currently available.

Sessions are currently taking place each Monday and Wednesday evening. From November, we will also be running sessions on Saturday afternoons. Sessions are 3-hours long.

How to apply for a place

1) Follow the links below to complete the Booking Request Form for each session that you wish to attend. You need to submit the form by the deadline indicated.

2) Offers will be made on the Thursday of the preceding week.

3) If you are offered a place, you will be e-mailed links to pay for your session and to complete a health questionnaire. Failure to do so will result in you forfeiting your session. Please read your e-mails carefully.

If you aren't offered a place, you will be informed of this. You may subsequently receive an offer if one comes available. You will be given higher priority for future applications.

4) On the day of your session, you will be given a start time (17:00 or 17:15) and the location of your training zone.

Upcoming Sessions

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our website. If you are unable to click the links below, please copy and paste them. E-mail ot@nationalcircus.org.uk if you have difficulties.

Monday, 26th October (18:00 - 21:00)
Apply by 10:00 on Thursday 22 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/2H5wBnF

Tuesday, 27th October (18:00 - 21:00)
Apply by 11:00 on Thursday 22 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/3k7CMpv

Wednesday, 28th October (17:00 - 20:00)
Apply by 11:00 on Thursday 22 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/3dxR7sN

Thursday, 29th October (17:00 - 20:00)
Apply by 11:00 on Thursday 22 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/37cSeNx

Friday, 30th October (17:00 - 20:00)
Apply by 11:00 on Thursday 22 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/2IC8kWO


Monday, 2nd November (17:00 - 20:00)
Apply by 11:00 on Thursday 29 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/3or879o

Wednesday, 4th November (17:00 - 20:00)
Apply by 11:00 on Thursday 29 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/2Te52uO

Saturday, 7th November (14:00 - 17:00)
Apply by 11:00 on Thursday 29 October to be considered for the main round of offers.
https://bit.ly/34lZV25

Applications for sessions the w/c 9 November will open on Thursday 29 October.

COVID-19 Protocols

Please refer to the Reopening Strategy & User Guidance for full details of the measures we are taking to operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key points for Open Training Members:

Do not attend if you have primary symptoms of COVID-19.
You will need to complete a health questionnaire before coming and your temperature will be checked on arrival.

Wear a face covering at all times when not training*
Keep your face covering on even while you are setting-up or packing away. Face coverings are optional while training; you might wish to wear one when engaged in high intensity activity (droplets from your nose and mouth will spread further when breathing heavily).
*Unless exempt for health reasons.

When moving about the building, keep at least 2 metres apart as much as possible.
Observe the floor markings and one-way systems.

Keep at least 3 metres apart from other users while training.
You will be assigned a training zone, the centre-point of which will be marked on the floor. Keep to this centre-point as much as possible.

Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
Always sanitise on entry, before handling lifting systems (allow gel to dry) and after handling your face covering.

Do not touch any NCCA equipment without permission.
Except for mats and lifting systems, most equipment is off-limits. You will be informed of specific protocols if permitted to use other NCCA equipment.

Store personal equipment safely
You may store equipment in the Members’ Store. Sanitise your hands before entering, and avoid touching other people’s equipment wherever possible. Please cover/bag your equipment – don’t leave it exposed.

Clean your mat(s) at the end of your session.
Use the products provided and following the instructions on the signage. Clean the floor if handled a lot (such as for handstands).

Inform NCCA if you test positive for COVID-19.
Please let us know if you test positive having been in the building during the 48 hours preceding your positive test result or onset of symptoms (whichever was first).

You will receive a briefing about these protocols at your first session back.

Equipment

Most school equipment (including all aerial kit) is currently unavailable for members. Exceptions include:

- Crash mats and floor mats.
- Tightwire (2m high) in GC1.
- Chinese pole which can be rigged in the Middle Studio (poles in CC out of use).
- Lunges can be booked but members will need their own lunging belts.
- No swinging trapeze or cloud swing is available, but we will consider requests to hard-rig a privately owned bar.

All studios will be in use for Open Training, except for the Acro Studio, the Physio/Conditioning Room and the Library. You will only be able to train in the space/zone you are assigned.

Prices

Autumn Term 2020-21 - £4.50
Spring Term 2020-21 – TBC
Summer Term 2020-21 – TBC

You will be e-mailed a link to make this payment in advance of each session you are invited to attend.

In addition, a one-off registration fee of £50 applies for new members.

Emergency funding from Arts Council England has enabled us to temporarily reduce training rates for 2020-21. We hope this will go some way to helping artists maintain their craft during these challenging times.

Please note that by August 2021, we will probably need to have increased prices to a similar level to 2019-20 (minimum price point of £8.50 per session).