Arctic One was launched in November 2011 to coincide with 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.
Arctic One aims to give opportunities to both able bodied and disabled people to enable them to “Get Involved” in Sport. We felt that by forming a Charity, we would be able to do more to support these areas and control how the funds raised are spent.
In the first year we developed the Charity extensively including holding the First Junior Para Triathlon in the UK for children with disabilities as well as raising over £10,000 to provide opportunities for disabled people to get into sport. From there we have gone from strength to strength and organised the first mass participation Para Triathlon in the UK in 2014, which has grown each year and in 2018 we will hosting an ITU Paratriathlon World Cup as well as a second Tri and Para Tri Festival in July. The junior Para Triathlon has also grown in numbers year on year and it is fantastic to still be able to give juniors the opportunity to try Triathlon for free.
In 2015, we launched our Forward Motion Grant System to enable people with disabilities to get involved or pursue sport. Since its inception, we have given grants to over 115 people!
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 getting people of all abilities Involved and Active in the Community and introducing them to new opportunities in Sport. We believe that everyone has the ability to enjoy sport in some way and that everyone should be given the opportunity to take part in sport.
We hope that in some way you will get involved with Arctic One’s Projects and Events and help make a difference.