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.

What We Do - Providing children with a chance to thrive

“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 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.



The Virreyes Rugby Club

Despite rugby training having not been possible, our rugby families everywhere have come together to protect one another. In March, Virreyes Rugby Club was transformed into a dining hall, with an army of volunteers cooking and delivering 1,000 meals every day to the doorsteps of the poorest neighborhoods. Since the pandemic first began over 40,000 meals have been delivered and numbers are growing daily.

First Atlas Annual Review Published for 2018/19

Atlas is delighted to publish our first Annual Review, a short booklet celebrating the achievements of each financial year. Unlike our previous annual reports, we hope this gives a valued look at the impact we make around the world by sharing stories from our projects and looking over our activities in the UK and elsewhere.


Author: Front Row Club

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: Front Row Club


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: £456.45


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.

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: Front Row Club

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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

  • Golf Day 2021

    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

  • Cycling Challenge 2021

    Join us in 2021 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

Latest news

  • Kenyan Digibus

    Today on World Humanitarian Day we wanted to share with you the incredible progress that has been made on our now fully operational Kenyan Digibus. Read more

  • Piggybacking on Sport: An investigation into scaling up in small sports non-governmental organisations.

    Oli Woodcock was the third intern we welcomed on board to Atlas as our Marketing and Communications Officer in 2018. Inspired by his time at Atlas, Oli went on to write his final year dissertation on the scaling up of small sports organizations using Atlas as a case study. Read more

  • Matthew's 200km in 7 days Challenge!

    Not content with completing the ‘Race to the Stones Virtual 100km’ challenge last month in support of the Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund, Matthew Power, aged 15, took it upon himself to complete two further challenges. Read more