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


Atlas France a été créé pour aider les enfants de toute la francophonie grâce au rugby. Atlas et des Champions Français et Internationaux de rugby en France sont en train de mettre en place un solide programme d'éducation et d'assistance sociale pour certains des enfants les plus pauvres de la planète.


Author: Atlas Foundation

Location: inseec,, Lyon

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Upcoming events

  • An Evening with Simon Shaw for Gin & Croquet

    Excited to be hosted by M Restaurants for an evening of Gin & Croquet with Simon Shaw on September 25th! The event will the first in a series of events where we get the opportunity to thank our amazing sponsors, and meet new ones! #ThankYou #charitywithballs #ballsandhoops Read more

  • African Rugby Safari 2019

    Join Professional Rugby player Joe Pietersen on a conservation safari, coupled with a weekend of rugby at the Tshwane 10s. This 6-night experience includes an exclusive day of tracking and working with Wild Dogs alongside conservationists on the ground. 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

  • 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

  • Brands Hatch LSEG Cyclothon 2019

    The London Stock Exchange Group tested their endurance by taking to their bikes for 12 hours on the famous Brand Hatch motor racing circuit, in support of Ben Nicholson who tragically lost his wife Anita and his two children Alex and Annabel in the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday 2019. Anita was the Atlas Foundation project manager in Singapore.  In their memory, LSEG raised £9,513 to help the Nicholson Memorial Fund reach the next milestone of £200,000. The money raised will be used to fun Read more

  • Fatboy 10s 2019

    What an amazing tournament last weekend from Pot Bellied Pigs RFC Hong Kong with 150 golf players and 18+ rugby teams, they raised a whopping 800,000 HKD! Read more