The Arctic One Foundation was launched in November 2011 to coincide with co-founder Matt Kirby running the Antarctic Half Marathon and ‘The Arctic One Foundation – Get Involved’ became a Charity in its own right (Registered Charity 1149536) in October 2012. The Charity is based in Chesham, Bucks.
Arctic One believes that sport should be accessible to all and aims to provide people, groups and clubs with disabilities the opportunity to get involved in sport and become more active. The charity, which is entirely run the volunteers, mainly achieves this through their events and training days and their “Forward Motion” grant system.
Since 2011, Arctic One has significantly grown and developed and now provides several events that are fully inclusive to all. The Tri and para tri festival, which is held in May, attracted over 10 para-athletes in 2018, most of whom were novices and juniors. The event also incorporated a Paratriathlon World Cup event which saw the world’s best paratriathletes racing on the same course. The event is unique in the UK with a range of distances and options available to ensure everyone can take part.
The Junior paratriathlon remains the only event in the UK exclusively for children with any disability to have a go at triathlon with a flexible format that encourages all participants to have a go. The event is free to participate in and welcomes children from all over the country.
We offer a range of additional challenges and training days to give people the opportunity to become more active and our “summer of sport” has enabled over 100 people to set their own goals towards becoming more involved in sport.
In 2015, we launched our “Forward Motion” grant system to enable people with disabilities to get involved or pursue sport. To date, we have allocated over 135 grants across 23 sports and the funding has been used to purchase prosthetic limbs, general and sports specific equipment such as racing chairs and handcycles.
We have 6 Trustees who work together to ensure Arctic One achieves its aims and develop the Charity to its full potential and are very proud to be able to give 100% of donations and fundraising that we receive to people who need it..
The Arctic One Foundation is not just about raising money, it is about providing opportunities to people of all abilities involved in sport and more active. We believe that everyone has the ability to enjoy sport in some way and that everyone should be given the opportunity to take part if they wish to.
We hope that in some way you will get involved with Arctic One’s Projects and Events and help make a difference.