Set up in 2010, the Foundation is a charitable trust founded and run by those who work in Oxygen House, or who have strong connections to the companies there.
All members of staff have the opportunity to contribute to the Foundation and become a trustee, and regular meetings are held where trustees nominate charities to receive support from the available funds. To date, the Foundation has supported more than 50 different charities working towards a variety of good causes, ranging from small-scale organisations in our local area to international aid campaigns.
Every year Atass Sports gets involved with a number of charitable events to help raise funds for a range of local and national charities.
Recent examples of this include;
- The Atass Olympics – a sponsored team athletics competition in aid of Brain Tumour Research.
- The Oxygen House World Cup of Netball – 16 teams from businesses across Oxygen House took part in a two-week netball tournament and sponsored basket scoring competition in aid of Dream-A-Way.
- The Three Peaks – 28 intrepid team members covered 23.5 miles on foot, ascended 3408 metres and drove 462 miles to climb the three highest peaks in the UK to raise money for Mountain Rescue UK.
- A Veggie Bake-off – celebrating national Vegetable week, our team baked vegetable cakes to compete for the coveted ‘star baker’ accolade. The cakes were sold off at the end of the competition with all proceeds going to Exeter Foodbank.
We also hold a yearly Macmillan Coffee Morning, run in the Michelmores 5k and attend the Exeter Really Big Quiz.
Community Outreach & Engagement
ATASS Sports seeks out opportunities to get involved in our local community, and provides support to staff wishing to engage in individual voluntary work. Recognising that many staff members have analytical expertise, we try to utilise these skills to the greatest extent possible, with recent initiatives including mathematical tutoring and interview preparation for local sixth-formers.
Building strong relationships with academic and educational communities is really important to us. In recent years, we have developed close ties with mathematical societies at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and have supported several sports modelling PhD projects at Lancaster University through the STORi programme. We were the headline sponsor of the 2015 Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Conference in Exeter, and we have forged strong links with the RSS Young Statisticians Section, whose events we regularly support. We also the Research Students Conference (RSC) in Probability and Statistics, including delivering the final keynote talk at RSC 2019.
We are an industrial partner for the Exeter Mathematics Certificate at Exeter Mathematics School, where we organise and supervise real-world mathematical modelling problems for A-level students. In addition, some of our researchers have developed and delivered mathematical activities for school students via the STEM Ambassadors scheme and other local initiatives.
Finally, each year at Oxygen House we run introductory training workshops on learning R through sports modelling, which are offered free of charge to undergraduates and postgraduates from around the country. For details on our latest workshop, and how to apply, please refer to the News section of our website.