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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Upcoming events

  • 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

  • The Atlas Challenge 2019

    Embark on a thrilling adventure with Jason Leonard and other rugby legends as they trek through jungle, rivers and mountains on the border between India and Nepal. Four days trekking on foot and in Heritage Land Rovers, overnight in a rural villages and mountain huts, playing rugby and fishing with the kids of the rural tea plantation village of Saraswatipur. Read more

Latest news

  • Thank you to the Barbarians

    Huge thanks to the Barbarians Trust for making a grant of £10,000 to support Atlas's work across Argentina. Read more

  • Les Enfants de L’Ovale 15

    Congratulations to Philippe Sella and all at Les Enfants de L’Ovale for 15 years supporting kids across France and Africa Read more

  • Favourite video yet

    Our favourite video from our projects. This from the Khelo project with street and slum kids in Kolkata (Calcutta). Its a few years old but still ace. Read more