The Atlas Foundation | Events
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 Events

Atlas Golf Day

Friday 19th May 2017

⛳️  A deliberately intimate event at a beautiful course, starting with a shotgun start and ornamented by a liberal sprinklings of rugby players, commentators and celebrity fans. 

Hosted by Kingswood Golf and Country Club, near Tadworth, Surrey. Corporate sponsored Four Balls with all the trimmings for £1,500. Non corporate Four Balls £750.

✅ For more detailed information contact us here

Photo gallery from last year HERE

ATLAS Peloton at the Tour of Cambridgeshire 2017

Sunday 4th June 2017

🚴 🚴 🚴 🚴 🚴 🚴  Join the ATLAS Peloton in full race livery.

Enjoy VIP enclosure access for the ATLAS pre-race briefing and post race festivities. Plus very welcome private changing facilities at this incredibly busy event.

Run on completely closed roads, experience the pleasure of no traffic, and no worries other than can you make it to the end before the Broom Wagon sweeps you up…

Fastest 25% in each age category qualify for the World Championships.

Individual, group or corporate team places also available. Pay for entry £120 per person, or raise £300 for ATLAS for free entry.

🚴 Book your place HERE

Team photos from last year HERE

Kings of Lions

Jason Leonard’s dinner 2017

Weds 13th Sept 2017

Park Lane Hilton, London

Join Jason Leonard and fellow Lions

Martin Johnson

Sir Ian McGeechan

Sir Clive Woodward

Willie John McBride

Jeremy Guscott

Lawrence Dallaglio

Sam Warburton

and more…

For info click here

Everest Expedition 2017

3 weeks in November 2017


A ‘money cannot buy’ experience with the Gurkhas

Our tour leader Major Bill Kelsall has a 38 year career in the Rifles including commanding the Gurkhas for 4 years. The trip involves being treated as a special VIP as part of the Gurkha community. You will become a member of the Austrian Alpine Club providing full helicopter evacuation if necessary and you will have an Everest TIMS passport card which is mandatory for access to the Himalayas as strict annual quotas apply.

📋 For details contact us here

Minimum donation or fundraising pledge £10,000

ATLAS events archive

USA Rugby Sevens Golf Classic

Fri 3rd March 2017

Jason Leonard and Gavin Hastings teed off a week before the Calcutta Cup, with Gavin winning the honours for Scotland this time out.

ATLAS and US Rugby charities benefited thanks to ATLAS’s Rugby Champion and former US Rugby prop Don James Jr.

Hosted by Las Vegas Country Club a great day was had by all.

If you would like to join us there in 2018 get in contact.

📋 Contact ATLAS here

Photo gallery HERE

Iceland Trek 2017

Fri 31st March – Mon 3rd April 2017

Jason and six other intrepid explorers faced 🔥fire, 💦 water and ❄️ice in the 2017 Trek around Iceland.

They scaled ice walls, climbed to the rim of an active volcano and dived into the natural pools of Iceland’s remarkable scenery and geology.

They also raised nearly £100,000 which (after costs) allows ATLAS to build a school and sports pitch for kids from the Biafra shanty town in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This is a partnership project with ATLAS Champion Philippe Sella and his charity Les Enfants de L’Ovale.

📋 For details about next year’s challenge, or the Ivory Coast project please contact us here

Minimum donation or fundraising pledge £10,000

Photo gallery HERE

January 23rd 2017

House of Lords reception

Atlas welcomed over 100 representatives of rugby clubs, the rugby business network and personal fund holders to a reception in the House of Lords. Chairman Jason Leonard was joined by fellow Trustees Lord Addington (hosting), Jeff Probyn and Paul Rendall, and by our Rugby Champion Brian Moore. Jason presented examples of our work with clubs and individuals and how Atlas can help community clubs and the wider rugby family.

Hosted by ATLAS Trustee, Lord Addington.

Generously supported by


ATLAS Ireland Q&A

Sunday 11th December 2016

Launching ATLAS in Ireland, 🏆 Jason Leonard and Irish Rugby superstars Shane Byrne and Peter Clohessy raised the roof with stories of battles won and lost, against each other, and together as Lions. Coming hot on the heels of a massive Munster victory over Leicester in the European Cup there was a proper party atmosphere.

Generously sponsored by

Atlas High Mountain Trek

6th – 9th May 2016

NOW COMPLETED – well done to all the climbers

It was a tough challenge, trekking from the searing heat of the northern edge of the Sahara, to the final ice bound 200m of the highest peak in North Africa. The team raised in excess of £100,000 for ATLAS projects, thank you all.

Team photos HERE

For this and more see our Facebook page Facebook Link

Archive info: Jason Leonard, rugby legend, World Cup winner and ATLAS Foundation founder and Chairman, will lead a select band of explorers 14,000 feet up Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains.

More info here

Inaugural Atlas Golf Day

20th May 2016

⛳️ All back in the club house

✅ If you would like to play in 2017 please contact us here

Team photos HERE

For this and more see our Facebook page Facebook Link

Archive info: Join us for this private, limited-entry event hosted by Jason Leonard. 18 four balls with all the trimmings.

Event flyer here

Jason’s Annual Dinner

21st September 2016

“The most I’ve laughed for ages. My ribs hurt”

✅ If you would like to register an interest in attending the 2017 dinner  please contact us here

Photo gallery HERE

For this and more see our Facebook page Facebook Link

Jason was joined by Danny Care and Chris Robshaw to form a Harlequins team that romped past the Saracens team, and the senior squad that including Richard Hill and our own ATLAS Trustee, the Judge, Paul Rendall.  Martin Bayfield and Jonny Gould outdid each other in their irreverence to our Champions and the dinner guests. The largest night of our year, and one to remember for a long time.

Tour of Cambridgeshire

5th June 2016

NOW COMPLETED – a great effort from the fastest who qualified for the World Championships, to the slowest who covered all 80 miles in end.

✅ Express interest for 2017 here

Team photos HERE

“Blue train” videos below

Archive info: From Pack to Peloton, Jason Leonard climbs on a bike for only the second time to ride 80 miles on behalf of ATLAS. Ride with him, or race ahead for a World Amateur series qualifying time.

For this and more see our Facebook page


ATLAS adoptions

We are extremely grateful to those who adopt ATLAS and support us in their own way.

 The Rugby Business Network regularly supports  ATLAS through events and the media. This RBN event on Tuesday 4th October at HR Owen Prestige Cars in South Kensington featured England star bowler Jimmy Anderson alongside ATLAS Rugby Champion Bob Skinstad, and our CEO Sally Pettipher.



The Rugby Innovation Summit 2016 kindly nominated The ATLAS Foundation as its benefitting charity at its Summit at the Twickenham Stoop on 24th and 25th May 2016. It was truly the first event of its kind, designed to bring the very latest research and innovation to reduce injury and optimise performance across every level of the game.

There was a touch tournament and Jason Leonard was pleased to visit and award medals to the winners.