The Atlas Foundation was founded by Jason Leonard and other rugby champions to bring positive change to children around the world through the power of the game

Why rugby?

“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.



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Author: Sally Pettipher

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Upcoming events

  • Race to RWC

    Ron Rutland and James Owens are setting off on a remarkable quest: to cycle 20,093 km across Europe and Asia – from Twickenham Stadium in London to the Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. This extreme expedition will take them through 26 countries over 231 days. You can join them for the very first leg from Twickenham to Canterbury on Saturday 2nd Feb 2019 Read more

  • 2019 USA Sevens Charity Golf

    Fancy three days in Vegas with Jason... Our VIP rugby sevens package includes golf, rugby and a night out in at the pub with your Atlas rugby champions. Read more

  • Cape Town Cycle Tour

    Cape Town Cycle Tour ! Join the Atlas Foundation Charity Group including the 2007 World Cup Winning Captain John Smit and ride for Atlas in the largest timed road race of its kind! Read more

Latest news

  • Simon Shaw amazes kids in Kenya

    The kids we work with in Kenya are lucky to be alive, 50% die before they’re 5. Those that survive are delightfully cheeky but undernourished and tiny for their ages. Welcome Simon Shaw, ex second row, and 6’8”. The first questions from the kids: “what does he eat?” And “why is he so hairy?” Despite making them look like Lilliputians, Shawsey was awesome with them. Click through for photos and video from his visit. Read more

  • Girls thank you from India

    In India the Jungle Crows Khelo Rugby programme is equally available to boys and girls. They all go on to achieve academic success and find meaningful employment. See their video here Read more

  • Merry Christmas

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