TACKLING THE BIGGER ISSUES 

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

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.”

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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.

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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.

Front Row Club latest!! - Knock on News

Front Row Club is a digital fan club for the Atlas Foundation, raising money for the work Atlas does to tackle the bigger issues faced by the world's poorest children. Members enjoy privileged access to prizes and experiences with our Rugby Champions

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Author: Sally Pettipher

Atlas Trek 2020

Join Jason Leonard and Simon Shaw 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.

AON Singapore 2020 Round The Island Challenge

Congratulations to the team who smashed the world record, and powered past the SG $200,000 mark in the AON Singapore 2020 Round the Island Challenge on 13-14th March 2020. A group of senior executives from across the Asian (and some further afield) insurance industry came together to set a Singapore Record, circumnavigating Singapore in 3 outrigger boats, and raising money to support children's projects across Asia in partnership with the Nicholson Memorial Fund and Atlas Asia.

Gold for Good - The Sonny Bill Williams and Charlie Line Charitable Foundation

After a security guard tackled young fan Charlie Line as he tried to go onto the field in search of a signature, Sonny Bill Williams, in an act of extraordinary compassion, picked Charlie up and gave him his Rugby World Cup winner's medal. Their friendship started then, and Sonny Bill's only request to Charlie was that he use his medal "to do good". "Gold for Good" was created for that purpose, and allows Sonny Bill and Charlie to help the poorest children around the world.

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Author: Sally Pettipher

Target amount: £500,000.00

Amount raised: £1,505.00

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Mark Phillips Memorial Fund

Mark Phillips was one of the most important supporters of the Atlas Foundation from its foundation. An international expert in hotels and resorts he had travelled the world and seen child poverty first hand. This memorial fund has been established to further his work picking up on his commitment to international development, rugby, and his generosity to those who ever needed his help.

Race to the Stones

First Marathon to Athens, now 100km Lewknor to Avebury, Glen Smith will be joined by Ben Nicholson and 30 runners and walkers to conquer the Ultra Marathon "Race to the Stones" in memory of their friends Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson.

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Author: Sally Pettipher

Target amount: £10,000.00

Amount raised: £5,329.14

Fundraise

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Upcoming events

  • Atlas Trek 2019 Fundraising page

    12 Atlas Trekkers in 2019 have committed to raising £10,000 each to support our work with the rural poor in India, and elsewhere. In 2019 they will meet the children of Saraswatipur in North Bengal before trekking uphill into the Himalayas bordering India and Nepal. Read more

  • Cycling Challenge 2021

    Join us in 2021 for this fantastic closed road event. Building on the success of the last four years Jason and other 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 Trek 2020

    Join Jason Leonard and Simon Shaw 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

  • AON Singapore 2020 Round The Island Challenge

    Congratulations to the team who smashed the world record, and powered past the SG $200,000 mark in the AON Singapore 2020 Round the Island Challenge on 13-14th March 2020. A group of senior executives from across the Asian (and some further afield) insurance industry came together to set a Singapore Record, circumnavigating Singapore in 3 outrigger boats, and raising money to support children's projects across Asia in partnership with the Nicholson Memorial Fund and Atlas Asia. Read more

  • Race to the Stones

    First Marathon to Athens, now 100km Lewknor to Avebury, Glen Smith will be joined by Ben Nicholson and 30 runners and walkers to conquer the Ultra Marathon "Race to the Stones" in memory of their friends Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson. Read more

Latest news

  • Emergency medical supplies

    Buy basic medical supplies to save the lives of our children and project workers living in slums and shanty towns where the Coronavirus will be devastating. Select Atlas Foundation in Amazon Smile and half a percent of your shopping bill will go to Atlas to fund basic medical supplies. Read more

  • AON smash the record

    Congratulations to the team who smashed the world record, and powered past the SG $200,000 mark in the AON Singapore 2020 Round the Island Challenge on 13-14th March 2020. Read more

  • Atlas Events Postponed!

    In light of The Atlas Foundation's response to the coronavirus outbreak, we would like to thank our supporters for their understanding of our decision to cancel and postpone our upcoming events at M Restaurant and the House of Lords on the 18th and 31st of March respectively. We hope to find new dates soon but we will keep all guests and supporters updated in coordination with government advice. Read more