The Atlas Foundation exists to help deprived children work towards a better future through rugby communities and initiatives. It is a launchpad for good and provides a platform that funds international projects that have a tangible impact on the daily lives of deprived young people.

Through feeding and education programmes and a large number of rugby initiatives, The Atlas Foundation provides safety, education, food, sport, guidance and community to thousands of children across five continents.

Founded & led by Rugby World Cup Champion Jason Leonard OBE, The Atlas Foundation’s work is led by the core rugby values of Integrity, Hard Work and Respect, and the Atlas Foundation is committed to getting practical help directly to those who need it. So far over £1 million has been raised, and over 50,000 children have been supported.

Build The DigiBus!

Help us build our DigiBus to be delivered to South Africa later this year!


Author: Atlas Foundation

Introducing the Front Row Club

The Front Row Club is part of the Atlas Foundation family, where rugby fans can sign up to win some money-can't-buy prizes


Author: Atlas Foundation

The Brains Behind The DigiBus

How does one think of turning a London City Bus into a Mobile Digital Classroom? We ask Simon Shaw MBE, the brains behind the DigiBus, exactly where his idea came from.


Author: Atlas Foundation

Team Talk back in schools.

It's been wonderful to see Team Talk Kenya being allowed back into schools, after time away due to Covid-19.


Author: Atlas Foundation

Anita, Alex & Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund

Set up by Ben Nicholson in memory of his wife Anita and their two children Alex and Annabel who tragically lost their lives in the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday 2019.

Atlas DigiBus on Kenya National News

It was an exciting week last week for Atlas in Kenya, as the fantastic progress made by the Mobile Classroom caught the attention of Kenyan national news network, Citizen TV.


Author: Atlas Foundation


In 2014 Lincoln Mali set up a rugby festival for Township schools in and around Port Elizabeth. The ambition was to establish a lasting legacy for his rugby loving father, to reinvigorate interest in local rugby, to provide support and incentives to keep young people in education and to make a beneficial connection to their communities.


Author: Sally Pettipher

Target amount: £0.00

Amount raised: £1,586.50


The Difference We Make

From Argentina to Zimbabwe, children from the poorest towns and slums can be sure of practical support and friendship, as well as guidance through the core rugby values of integrity, hard work and respect. Whether you visit a youth centre, experience Atlas at school, in your community, or are a part of a rugby initiative, you can expect to develop the skills that enable you to work hard for yourself, and give you the support you need to thrive.



Maro Itoje joins the Atlas Foundation Board of Trustees

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the Saracens and England lock, Maro Itoje, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. As an Atlas Foundation Trustee Maro will be legally responsible, as a Board Director, for charitable compliance and will work with the other Trustees to set the strategic direction of the charity, ensuring that Atlas fulfils its vision and mission.


Author: Atlas Foundation

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Upcoming events

  • Atlas Kenya Trek 2020 (now postponed to 2021)

    Delayed due to COVID, Simon Shaw will embark on a mad cap adventure to deliver a bus converted to a mobile classroom and clubhouse for the kids in the Kibera Slum in Kenya. Read more

  • Tour of Cambridgeshire 2022 Cycling Challenge

    Join us on Sunday 5th June 2022 for this fantastic closed road event. Building on the success of the last four years, join former pro-rugby stars will lead out the ATLAS Peloton at the Tour of Cambridgeshire. Private parking and registration, high quality Atlas cycling jersey, VIP enclosure with valuables storage, food, drink and bar, private race gate for racers and sportive riders. Read more

  • Atlas Annual Golf Day (Kingswood, UK) 2022

    A deliberately intimate event at a beautiful course with a sprinkling of rugby legends: players, officials and commentators. Join us at the stunning Kingswood Golf and Country Club in Surrey for a great day of golf followed by an afternoon dinner and presentation. Read more

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