The Polar Academy
Sponsored by Bergans of Norway

Inspiration through Exploration

The Polar Academy will have its official launch on 27 February 2014. This is a very exciting new charity that will focus on Scottish children. The Polar Academy is the brainchild of, and will be run and managed by, Craig Mathieson. Described by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society as “Scotland’s greatest living explorer” and Scotland’s only ‘Explorer in Residence’, Craig has been involved in many Polar Expeditions, both to the Antarctic and Arctic.

The Polar Academy plans to conduct visits to High Schools and youth programmes to deliver the message of “Inspiration through Exploration”. It will then offer a selected number of the youths, between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, a truly once in a life time opportunity to be part of an Arctic Expedition.

This journey of discovery will change the lives of the participants and their families and have a wide ranging and positive impact on their communities, as each participant will give back to their peers and community a programme of positive outcomes. This will generate a cascade effect through the creation of true community role models who will inspire and motivate others to fulfil their potential.

Passionate about inspiring the next generation, Craig has shared his experiences with many schools. The replies he received to questions such as “what do the pupils aspire to?” and “what motivates and inspires them” led him to conclude that irrespective of social background, many young adults in Scotland have very little self-confidence and motivation and are of the general opinion that they will not be able to achieve anything significant in their lives. Craig decided to do something about this and in 2006 successfully trained and guided Chris, a 16 year old schoolboy, to the North Pole.

Tt was out of this experience that the concept of The Polar Academy was born.

If you’d like to get involved or find out more about The Polar Academy, please contact us on:

T: 0131 513 9646

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