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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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.

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Author: Sally Pettipher

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

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.

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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.

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Author: Sally Pettipher

Target amount: £50,000.00

Amount raised: £4,905.99

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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: £255.00

Fundraise

Our impact

16

Countries

21

Projects

53,456

Children

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Upcoming events

  • Atlas US launch in New York

    The Chairman and Board of Atlas US invite are pleased to announce the launch of Atlas US on Thursday 13th February 2020. Kindly hosted by Milbank in their stunning Hudson Yards suite, with iconic panoramic views across Manhattan and the Hudson River. 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

  • Charlie Line launches Gold For Good with The Atlas Foundation

    It began on a rugby pitch in 2015, when Charlie was just 14 years old and Sonny Bill changed his life forever. Now Sonny Bill and Charlie want to turn those 15 minutes into a legacy that will, by using the wonderful game of rugby, save lives and lift the poorest children around the world out of poverty. Read more

  • Atlas agrees funding for third Kenya project

    We are delighted to announce that the Atlas Foundation has granted funding for three years to the South Coast Pirates in Kenya to deliver its schools programme. Read more

  • Viva Atlas Argentina!

    After raising £7,000 at the Argentinian Embassy in November with Juan Figallo, we take a look at where that money will be going, and who it will be helping! Read more