Polar Academy

Tiso are proud to be supporting the next generation of Polar Explorers through the Polar Academy. Brainchild of Craig Mathieson, an accomplished and respected explorer, after leading a number of arctic and antarctic expeditions including the first dedicated Scottish expedition to the South Pole. In 2013, Craig was awarded his 'Explorer in Residence' title from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and along with his team from Sport Scotland's Glenmore Lodge, they continue to unlock the huge potential within the young people selected for the Polar Academy. These young adults are turned into positive role models for their communities, and demonstrate that by inspiring through exploration, anyone can achieve something incredible.

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What Is Polar Academy?

The Polar Academy is a charity, set up in 2012, which aims to identify a certain type of individual in Scottish schools and organizations who the normal system leave out. Through a programme of training over a year, the Polar Academy takes the selected individuals on a truly unbelievable polar expedition. With the idea to change these kids’ outlook on life, to provide them with once in a lifetime opportunities to develop and come back as positive role models for their peers. Find out more here


2016 Group: Life Changing Experiences

After a successful expedition last year, we wanted to find out what it meant to the ten young adults who were selected. We caught up with the group on their return to Scotland following their 100km arctic expedition in Eastern Greenland. Want to see what they had to say about the experience? Find out more here


Craig's Polar Product Test

Last year, in 2016, we gave Craig Mathieson, founder of the Polar Academy a Brown Bloxworth Watch from Elliot Brown to test while he was away on the Polar Expedition. We were keen to find out how the watch stood up to the tough conditions and what he thought of it's performance. With numerous expeditions under his belt, we knew Craig would have the experience to know what is best! Find out more here




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