The Atlas Foundation | Personal Funds
The Atlas Foundation is a charity founded by Jason Leonard and other rugby and corporate heavyweights to raise people out of disadvantage around the world.
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ATLAS Personal Funds

Ed Cooper Memorial Fund

Ed was a big personality who lived life to the full, was loved dearly by his family and friends, and is missed hugely by all who knew him. He was a talented sportsman who enjoyed playing both codes of rugby and cricket.

While on tour in South Africa Ed played against the township of Lagunya. The photo here is of him with some of the township boys. Ed saved up his own money to buy South Africa rugby shirts for his opposite number 10 and his little brother.

Following Ed’s tragic death on 28th Sept 2016, aged 18, his family wish to honour his memory and the generosity of his spirit. They have established a memorial fund through the ATLAS Foundation to which all may contribute. The family will use these funds to follow in Ed’s footsteps and support sports projects with disadvantaged people in areas touched by his life. The donation page is here: EdCooperMemorialFund or click on the Mydonate button below

From Sophie “Ed was mentioned at the House of Lords yesterday. We were invited by the Atlas Foundation who we have Ed’s fund with – obviously we would’ve much preferred to have Ed with us, but it was pretty cool for him to be mentioned in such a place. Here’s some of the speech that Jason Leonard made, signed by some of the rugby legends that were there.”

Old Emanual RFC – Shawnton De Four Memorial Fund

It is with great sadness that the club has to announce the death of Shawnton de Four, who collapsed whilst playing rugby on Saturday 4th March. He was an important part of the Old Emanuel family and played for the 1st and 2nd XV. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. Shawnton leaves a wife, and 14 month old twins.

Shawnton sadly passed away whilst playing for our 2nd XV on Saturday 4th March at Blagdons.
He was a second team regular and played several games for the 1st XV and was a larger than life character in the bar too.
Richmond RFC

Richmond Heavies and 1st XV

Through ATLAS the members of Richmond Rugby Club are sponsoring the education of one of the Masi Rugby Club junior team. While on tour in South Africa the Richmond Heavies and 1st XV team learned that a talented rugby player lived in very difficult circumstances and attended a school whose teachers frequently failed to turn up. He wanted to do well at school and on the rugby field, and they resolved to give this young man an academic and sporting future by sponsoring his education at a well run school in his area.

This fund was set up for the Richmond players and members, but they would welcome support from the wider rugby family should they wish to contribute.

Sutton & Epsom RFC

Sutton and Epsom RFC

ATLAS is delighted to support Sutton and Epsom Rugby Club in their grassroots development work.

Sutton & Epsom is one of the oldest and largest amateur rugby clubs in England,  making rugby accessible to men, women, boys and girls of all standards and all ages from under 5s through to veterans. The ATLAS Sutton & Epsom Fund will support the club’s continuing work to provide the benefits of rugby to as wide a group of people as possible.