The Atlas Foundation was founded by Jason Leonard and other rugby champions to tackle the biggest issues facing children and adults around the world through the power of rugby, and the support of the rugby family

Rugby Family Pulls Together

Tragically Atlas's Singapore event manager, Anita Nicholson, was killed along with her rugby-mad children Alex and Annabel in the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday. Atlas is working with Anita's husband Ben to establish a memorial fund and a permanent fitting tribute to these wonderful and much missed members of our rugby family.


Author: Sally Pettipher

What we Do - Tackling the Bigger Issues

“After seeing the outstanding charity work done by rugby players and the rugby family here and overseas, we knew that we wanted to find a way to add our weight to their efforts, to improve the lives of disadvantaged children across the world.”



The difference we make

From Argentina to Zimbabwe children from the poorest shanty towns and slums are given food, education and training, alongside the joy of playing rugby. Through this the kids we work with are learning and growing. They learn more, they stay away from drugs and crime, they become young leaders. In time they find jobs and become fine adults giving back to the next generation of children.




A FREE trip to the Rugby World Cup in Japan is one of the experiences available exclusively to members of the Front Row Club. The Front Row Club is a digital fan club for the Atlas Foundation, raising money for the work Atlas does to tackle the bigger issues. Members enjoy privileged access to prizes and experiences with our Rugby Champions


Author: Sally Pettipher

World Cup Warriors Dinner

Join Jason Leonard, Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward, Lawrence Dallaglio, Mike Tindall and Will Greenwood for an evening of conversation about Rugby World Cups past and present.




Author: Sally Pettipher

Location: Park Lane Hilton,, London

The Atlas Challenge 2020

Join Jason Leonard, Simon Shaw and other rugby legends from around the world on a mad cap adventure to deliver a Double Decker Bus converted to a mobile classroom and clubhouse for the kids in the Kibera Slum in Kenya.




Author: Sally Pettipher

Location: kibera slum,, nairobi

Our impact







Make a donation
Please select a donation amount: *
Set up a regular payment Donate

Upcoming events

  • Annual Golf Day 2019

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

  • World Cup Warriors Dinner

    Join Jason Leonard, Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward, Lawrence Dallaglio, Mike Tindall and Will Greenwood for an evening of conversation about Rugby World Cups past and present. Read more

  • The Great Rugby Cycle 2020

    The Great Rugby Cycle 2020 follows the huge success of 2019's ride from John O'Groats to Lands End. In 2020 we take on Ireland. Cycling round the island from 5th to 15th April, and finishing with a sporting legends golf event on 16th April at Royal Belfast. Rugby Legends will join us for the whole ride. Join us too! Read more

Latest news

  • "AN" Memorial Jerseys

    Just launched: The AN collection of coach and supporter jerseys in memory of Alex Nicholson and Annabel Nicholson. All profits go to the Nicholson Memorial Fund Read more

  • Atlas Peloton sweeps up 100 miles

    70 riders including five internationals from four nations rode in the Atlas Peloton on June 2nd, and raised over £10,000. Congratulations to everyone. We are especially pleased with our largest ever entry of women riders, one of whom was the first rider home!! Read more

  • TRT Hub opening

    On Friday 24th May the TRT Hub was opened in Harare Zimbabwe to provide dedicated facilities for the girls whose work on empowerment through rugby Atlas has been proud to fund. Atlas has also contributed to the construction costs and is delighted to see such a valuable resource open and supporting its community. Read more