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

β€œAfter 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

Chris Neal Memorial Fund

Chris Neal was a wonderful man, former Harlequins player and huge supporter of the Atlas Foundation's work with children in the townships of South Africa. See here for details of his Memorial. Donations to his Memorial Fund will go 100% to the project that Chris visited in 2017 with Jason Leonard. When those same children visited London, Chris was there to welcome and play with them.

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Upcoming events

  • World Cup Warriors Dinner Singapore 2019

    Join George Gregan, Martin Johnson, Jason Leonard, Andrew Mehrtens & John Smit to review the Rugby World Cup 2019 & Preview the Finals at this stunning Celebration Dinner & Entertainment Show. 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

  • Who will you πŸ‘€ at the Rugby World Cup in Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅?

    Atlas Foundation and Front Row Club Rugby Champions are in Japan for the greatest rugby show on earth. Around playing, media and corporate work, they are finding time to help children and young people for a range of charities. We are hugely proud of them all, changing lives through the power of the sport we all love ❀️ Read more

  • Huge support for Atlas and Shawsey at M Den

    Weds 25th September saw the inugural M Den evening hosted by Simon Shaw to raise money for Atlas's work with kids from the slums of Nairobi. Read more

  • World Cup Warriors Dinner 2019

    A fantastic night at the Hilton managed to raise a record amount for the Atlas Foundation. With fascinating insights into England's World Cup build-up in 2003, as well as thoughts on England's chances this year, it's safe to say that Sir Clive Woodward, Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall, and Lawrence Dallaglio captivated the audience and gave them a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Read more