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.”



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.



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

New Front Row Club!

Front Row Club has just been overhauled! Check out our new website! 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

The Atlas Challenge 2020

Join Jason Leonard, Simon Shaw and Nick Knowles 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

AON Singapore 2020 Round The Island Challenge

The AON Singapore 2020 Round the Island Challenge, which takes place 13-14th March 2020, will see a group of senior executives from across the Asian (and some further afield) insurance industry come together to set a Singapore Record, circumnavigating Singapore in 3 outrigger boats.


Author: Sally Pettipher

Target amount: £50,000.00

Amount raised: £20.00


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Upcoming events

  • World Cup Christmas Dinner

    Jason Leonard, Lawrence Dallaglio and Mike Tindall invite you to join Past & Present England Rugby Players at the World Cup Christmas Dinner hosted by Ben Kay on Monday 9th December at The Hurlingham Club. 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

  • The Atlas Challenge 2020

    Join Jason Leonard, Simon Shaw and Nick Knowles 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. Read more

Latest news

  • An Evening with Juan Figallo and Mako Vunipola at the Argentinian Ambassador's Residence 2019

    Take a look as the Argentinian Ambassador hosted us at his residence to raise funds for our projects in Argentina with a Q&A with Argentina International Prop Juan Figallo and England International Prop Mako Vunipola. Read more

  • CEO Sally's Tour of Asia

    In the last few weeks, Atlas CEO Sally Pettipher has been travelling across South East Asia, exploring new projects we can help! Alongside the Atlas Asia team, she visited our current project with Soulcial Trust in Cambodia as well as a potential new projet in Phnom Penh with Kampuchea Balopp! Take a look at her travels... Read more

  • The Bus is Here! 🚌

    We are delighted to announce that a good quality 67-seater that is probably only 2 years old has been confirmed as the bus that we will deliver to our kids. Read more