The Atlas Foundation exists to help deprived children work towards a better future through rugby communities. It is a launchpad for good and provides a platform that partners with local organisations that have a tangible impact on the daily lives of deprived young people.

Through health, education, and gender inclusion programmes and a large number of rugby initiatives, The Atlas Foundation provides safety, education, food, sport, guidance and community to thousands of children across five continents.

Founded & led by Rugby World Cup Champion Jason Leonard OBE, The Atlas Foundation’s work is led by the core rugby values of Integrity, Hard Work and Respect, and the Atlas Foundation is committed to getting practical help directly to those who need it. So far over £1 million has been raised, and over 50,000 children have been supported.

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  • Atlas Trekkers help at local feeding programme

    Trekkers from The Atlas Foundation helped feed children in a Kiberan feeding programme Read more

  • Success at the Gauteng Women in Sports Awards

    The Atlas Foundation came away as winner of the Sponsor of the Year award and the Project of the Year went to Gauteng Women's Rugby Institute Read more

  • International Day of the Girl

    Atlas is commemorating the 10th anniversary of International Day of the Girl by reflecting on our work so far supporting girls and young women across the world. Read more

  • Meet Ke Mardy!

    Ke Mardy is one of Kampuchea Balopp's longterm residents. Since joining at 14 years old, he has found his community and helps other members of the group to feel involved too. Read more

  • Kampuchea Balopp's Social Inclusion Day

    Kampuchea Balopp held their third Social Inclusion Day of the year, supporting underpriviledged children and adults with mental disabilities Read more

  • Ocean View and Masiphumelele School fixture success

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  • The Atlas DigiBus is driving up education performance in Langa, Cape Town

    The Atlas DigiBus is fitted with 40 laptops and 2 teaching stations, supporting children from Langa, Cape Town to improve their English, Nurmeracy and digital skills. Read more

  • SKRUM visit Othandweni Primary School

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  • International World Indigenous Peoples Day

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  • Lebogang's Story with the GWRI

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  • Celebrating International Youth day!

    Today is International Youth Day and Atlas is celebrating children and youth every where Read more

  • The GWRI and Valke Team take on the YTC Junior Springbok Tournament

    Young women from the Gauteng Women's Rugby Institute represented the Valke invitational team at the YTC tournament to trial for the Junior Springbok Women's team. Read more

  • Maro Itoje visits Team Talk in rural Kenya

    Last week, Atlas trustee, and England and British and Irish Lions legend, Maro Itoje visited Kenya to see our partner Team Talk's work in rural schools Read more

  • Ocean View High School programme inspiring pride and inclusivity

    Teenagers at Ocean View High School have been having rugby sessions outside of school term and create a space for girls to join in equally. Read more

  • Atlas visit Team Talk at a local Primary School!

    The Atlas Team visit partners Team Talk at local Primary School in rural Kenya Read more

  • Maro Itoje visits the KRDA in Nairobi!

    CEO Boris and Trustee (and England and British Lions legend) Maro Itoje are visiting Nairobi to see the work of our partners in Kenya Read more

  • SKRUM reaches 393 children at St Philomena!

    SKRUM held a classroom and coaching session at St Philomena Primary School. 196 boys and 197 girls enjoyed the engaging and exciting sessions Read more

  • Coach Akash's Success!

    Coach Akash oversees Khelo Rugby's operations in Bangalore, giving some of the world's most disadvantaged children the chance to thrive. Akash has recently been selected to train with the Indian national team ahead of the upcoming sevens tournament. Read more

  • Celebrating Mandela Day with Ocean View

    The children at Ocean View High School in South Africa have been hard at work, cleaning the local church and spending time with the elderly, offering coffee, muffins and a chat. Read more

  • Celebrating Youth Skills Day!

    The 15th July marks World Youth Skills Day, celebrating the importance of equipping young people with the skills and confidence they need to thrive as they grow up. Read more

  • Welcome Ella Gibbs!

    Atlas is delighted to welcome Ella Gibbs as our new Marketing & Communications Officer! Read more

  • Khelo's Inspiring Day on the field with Norman Maxwell!

    Our partners in India, Khelo Rugby, enjoyed an inspiring day on the rugby pitch with former All Black, Norman Maxwell! Read more

  • Atlas Golf Day returns in full swing

    Our annual golf day took place last week at Kingswood Golf and Country Club in Surrey. Read more

  • India U18's Rugby Sevens Tournament

    Our partners in India, Khelo Rugby, have had 22 of their students be selected to play in the Under 18's national sevens tournament! Read more

  • The Commons & Lords Parliamentary Rugby Team raises £10,000 for Atlas!

    The Commons and Lords rugby team have smashed their fundraising target and presented their cheque to Atlas CEO, Boris Pomroy. Read more

  • Celebrating Father's Day

    It's Father's Day in the UK today, and we wanted to celebrate Jaco Coetzer, founder of Gauteng Women's Rugby Institute, our local partners in South Africa Read more

  • Atlas returns to the Tour of Cambridgeshire!

    On Sunday 12th June, Atlas returned to the Tour of Cambridgeshire, raising money to give some of the world's most disadvantaged children the chance to thrive. Read more

  • Khelo's Rugby Success!

    Sharing Khelo Rugby's success on the pitch ahead of the India National 7's tournament. Read more

  • Two communities working together on the pitch

    Bringing two communities together on the rugby pitch. Read more

  • Vicky's Story & Jungle Cry

    We share the story of Vicky, who has been featured in the upcoming film "Jungle Cry" Read more

  • The Importance of Role Models

    Khelo Rugby, our partners in India, explain the importance of role models and Young Leaders in their work with some of India's most disadvantaged children Read more

  • Charity Partnership with The British & Irish Lions Extended

    Atlas are delighted to announce that our charity partnership with the British & Irish Lions has been extended for another year. Read more

  • Sharan's Story

    Sharan shares his story in his own words. With the help of Khelo Rugby, our local partners in India, he is now enrolled in a school and receives rugby sessions, food and mentoring from Khelo coaches. Read more

  • Roukeya's Story

    Roukeya has faced hardship and trauma in her life - from losing her leg to being abused by her father. But now, with the support of Les Enfants de L'Ovale, our partners, she is now thriving. Read more

  • Kampuchea Balopp's Social Inclusion Day

    Our partners in Cambodia, Kampuchea Balopp, have held their first Social Inclusion Day of the year. Read more

  • Khelo Rugby's International Women's Day Celebrations

    Khelo Rugby have been celebrating International Women's Day throughout March. They have been discussing how, as a community, they can help gender equality and inclusion. Read more

  • Charcha at Khelo Rugby

    Charcha (discussion) is an important part of the sessions put on by our local partners, Khelo Rugby. Read more

  • International Women's Day

    We celebrate International Women's Day and share the inspirational stories from four young women at Gauteng Women's Rugby Institute. Read more

  • Helping communities in Cebu

    Through close work with Cebu Dragons Rugby Club, we've been supporting communities hit by the recent typhoon. Read more

  • Vinay's Story

    Vinay is a young leader at Khelo Rugby, our local partners in India. Through sport, discussion and friendship, Vinay is ensuring local children stay away from drugs and alcohol. Read more

  • Rithy's Story

    Rithy from Kampuchea Balopp shares how rugby has given him friendship and taught him the value of teamwork. Read more

  • We have partnered with Cycle Strength!

    Atlas have partnered with Cycle Strength to get you ready for the Tour of Cambridegshire! Read more

  • Jamuna's Story

    When joining Khelo Rugby, Jamuna received educational support after not attending school for nearly two years. Read more

  • Charles' Story

    Charles lives in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. Our partners, King Rugby Development Academy, have brought happiness, education and sport into Charles' life. Read more

  • Anjali's Story

    Anjali from Khelo Rugby shares her story Read more

  • Update on our Tonga Appeal

    An update on how we are going to be helping communities on the ground Read more

  • Mukesh's Story

    Mukesh from Khelo Rugby shares his story about his acceptance into the rugby community. Read more

  • The Inter-Club Challenge

    Our local partners in Cambodia, Kampuchea Balopp, have been taking part in an Inter-Club challenge Read more

  • We have launched XV Days of Christmas

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  • Inner City Rugby of Nashville's Thanksgiving Project

    The Inner City Rugby of Nashville programme decided to use some of their Atlas funding to help those who would go without in their community over the Thanksgiving period Read more

  • We have partnered with CC Grass!

    The Atlas Foundation is delighted to announce that we have partnered with CC Grass, the largest artificial grass manufacturers in the world! Read more

  • Jungle Crows and Decathlon partner!

    Jungle Crows is an Atlas partner project that is based in Kolkata, India, as well as running the Atlas All Schools programme in Bangalore. We are proud to say that Jungle Crows have partnered with international sports retailer Decathlon and nearly 50 players are now employed there! Read more

  • Thank you to our Atlas DigiBus Partners!

    We would like to thank our partners of the Atlas DigiBus! Read more

  • The Atlas DigiBus has been handed over to the Vusa Academy!

    The Atlas Foundation is delighted to announce that the Atlas DigiBus, in partnership with Cognizant, has been handed over to the Vusa Rugby & Learning Academy in Cape Town Read more

  • Gauteng Women's Rugby Institute feeds over 4,500!

    The Gauteng Women's Rugby Institute feeds over 4,500 people during the Covid-19 lockdown with the support of Atlas Read more

  • Alex's Story

    This is the story of Alex, a double orphan living in Ha Tsolo, who was helped by the Lesotho Rugby Academy Read more

  • The Atlas Foundation reaches the final of the Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards!

    The Atlas Foundation reached the final of the Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards in the 'Sponsor of the Year' category! Read more

  • Welcome Boris Pomroy, new CEO!

    The Atlas Foundation is delighted to announce that Boris Pomroy has been appointed as our new CEO. Read more

  • The Atlas Foundation South Africa hands over Rugby Field and Posts to Ocean View High School

    The Atlas Foundation South Africa has handed over a rugby field and new posts to Ocean View High School - "Kicking for Posts" Read more

  • Thank you to our Race to the Stones participants!

    The Atlas Foundation and the Nicholson Memorial Fund would like to say a big Thank You to all those who participated in the Race to the Stones Challenge! Read more

  • Fond Farewell & New Signing

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  • Welcome Abbey Marchington!

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  • The Atlas Foundation's Annual Golf Day at Kingswood 2021

    The Atlas Foundation held their Annual Golf Day at Kingswood, Surrey Read more

  • Andrew Suniula is our latest Atlas USA Rugby Champion

    Andrew Suniula joins the Atlas Foundation as a Rugby Champion Read more

  • Race to the Stones in aid of the Nicholson Memorial Fund

    27 family and friends of Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson take part in the Race to the Stones challenge in their memory and to raise funds for the Nicholson Memorial Fund. Read more

  • Atlas Foundation's Big Screen Advert at Murrayfield

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  • Carlin Isles joins The Atlas Foundation as an Atlas USA Champion

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  • Future Hope: COVID relief to India

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  • London to Cape Town Challenge Summary

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  • South African Champions cycle 30km for Atlas

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  • Get your hands on some Nicholson Memorial Fund Masks!

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  • Freedom Day in South Africa

    No better way to celebrate #FreedomDay in SA than with a game of rugby! Read more

  • The British & Irish Lion's Charity Partnership Announcement

    Atlas is delighted to be able to announce it’s charity partnership with The British & Irish Lions Trust. We are looking forward to the year ahead, in which we will work with the Lions to raise as much money as possible to provide underprivileged children with every chance to thrive. Read more

  • Human Rights Day in South Africa

    To mark Human Rights Day in SA (21st March), Atlas organised a small rugby tournament which included a coach pep talk, motivational clips of Springbok RWC winners, training skills and some touch rugby to mark this important day on our calendar. Read more

  • Champion Announcement: Todd Clever

    Atlas is delighted to announce Todd Clever as our latest rugby champion. Read more

  • Half way there!

    The ICB team have now reached the half way point on their cycling challenge, having cycled a total of 80,000km. Read more

  • Changing lives in Southern Kenya

    Most of our children in Southern Kenya live in desperate poverty with little access to clean sanitation or any decent education. As a result, many children fall helplessly into gangs, crime, drugs and alcohol in their early years, further worsening their circumstances. Read more

  • Happy International Women's Day!

    Every year on March 8th people come together to celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a day to globally recognise female achievement and a call to action to stand up for women’s rights and gender equality. Read more

  • Training Session on Fish Hoek Beach in Cape Town

    A small group of Atlas boys and girls were recently treated to a training session on Fish Hoek Beach in Cape Town.  Coach Frank and Coach Xolani accompanied the children for a well-deserved outing and training session on the beach. A first for some of them. Read more

  • Happy National Girls & Women in Sports Day!

    Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day! Read more

  • Young entrepreneur raises £1100 for Atlas through his own t-shirt business

    11 Year Old Zac Wood Raises £1100 for Atlas, after establishing his own brand 'Zace'. Read more

  • Out with the Old (2020) and in with the New (2021)

    Check out our new logo for 2021. Read more


    From all the team here at Atlas, we wish you Happy and Healthy New Year. Read more

  • Matt Ratana Unsung Hero SPOTY

    Sgt Matt Ratana named Unsung Hero winner at Sports Personality of the Year 2020. Read more

  • Springbok Women’s Captain, Babalwa Latsha, visits Masiphumelele

    A great honour to have the Springbok Women’s Captain, Babalwa Latshe, join in our training session at Masiphumelele. Read more

  • Team Talk back in schools.

    It's been wonderful to see Team Talk Kenya being allowed back into schools, after time away due to Covid-19. Read more

  • Maro Itoje speaks to CNN about his work with Atlas

    It is wonderful to see Atlas Trustee, Maro Itoje, and Atlas Rugby Champions, Humphrey Kayange and Simon Shaw, feature in CNN's latest 'African Voices Changemakers' Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful team in America! We are so grateful for everything you do. Read more

  • The Brains Behind The DigiBus

    How does one think of turning a London City Bus into a Mobile Digital Classroom? We ask Simon Shaw MBE, the brains behind the DigiBus, exactly where his idea came from. Read more

  • Matt Ratana Memorial Reaches £100k in a weekend

    The Matt Ratana Memorial reaches £100k in a weekend Read more

  • World in Union 2020

    Joanna Forest's World In Union in memory of Matt Ratana. Read more

  • Ocean View's First Ever Rugby Pitch

    With brand new rugby posts and a rugby playing field to be proud of, Masiphumelele High School can now facilitate Atlas rugby coaching and practice on their new pitch. Sponsored by The Atlas Foundation, QS Solutions & Nussbaum Foundation, this facility has brought immense pride and dignity to the school and visiting teams with this first set of rugby posts in that community. Next up for the Atlas Foundation, is the neighbouring community of Ocean View. Read more

  • Khelo Rugby Project: Le Triomphe Du Rugby

    Atlas supports The Jungle Crows with the Khelo Rugby Project in 35 locations in Kolkata and North Bengal, benefitting nearly 2,000 children each week. Watch Pritam Singh's Story with the Khelo Rugby Project, India. Read more

  • Heritage Day, South Africa

    It was great to see Atlas's Rugby Pitch in Masiphumelele, South Africa put to great use for Heritage Day. There really is no better way to bring people together than through a good game of rugby. Read more

  • The Atlas DigiBus update

    Today on World Humanitarian Day we wanted to share with you the incredible progress that has been made on our now fully operational Atlas Digibus. Read more

  • Piggybacking on Sport: An investigation into scaling up in small sports non-governmental organisations.

    Oli Woodcock was the third intern we welcomed on board to Atlas as our Marketing and Communications Officer in 2018. Inspired by his time at Atlas, Oli went on to write his final year dissertation on the scaling up of small sports organizations using Atlas as a case study. Read more

  • Matthew's 200km in 7 days Challenge!

    Not content with completing the ‘Race to the Stones Virtual 100km’ challenge last month in support of the Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund, Matthew Power, aged 15, took it upon himself to complete two further challenges. Read more

  • Emergency Covid Grants in the USA

    During the pandemic, we have been giving out a series of emergency grants to many organizations dotted all around the globe in order to support them in continuing to care for their beneficiaries. In the USA we have seen an amazing response to this and have been delighted to see the money in action. Read more

  • The Virreyes Rugby Club

    Despite rugby training having not been possible, our rugby families everywhere have come together to protect one another. In March, Virreyes Rugby Club was transformed into a dining hall, with an army of volunteers cooking and delivering 1,000 meals every day to the doorsteps of the poorest neighborhoods. Since the pandemic first began over 40,000 meals have been delivered and numbers are growing daily. Read more

  • Around the World in 7 Days and the Singapore Dorms

    Back in May the Atlas Foundation joined forces with the RAF Police Rugby team (aka The Flying Pigs) in a challenge to virtually circumnavigate the Globe. The 25,000 mile adventure was to be carried out collectively around the world; walking, running, hopping, cycling any which way we could. In a fantastic team effort the team completed over 70,000 miles/113 kilometres over 7 days. The objective of this challenge was to raise awareness and funds for the many kids and families around the worl Read more

  • Fond Farewell and New Signing

    Today at Atlas we are saying a fond farewell to our out-going intern Rory Hamilton who has been with us as Marketing and Communications Officer throughout the 2019-2020 year. That being said as Rory leaves to go back to the University of Bath to finish his Politics and International Relations degree, we are lucky enough to welcome a brand-new intern on board for the 2020-2021 year. Read more

  • Our first five years 2015-2020

    Our first five years captured in a one minute video Read more

  • Maro Itoje joins the Atlas Foundation Board of Trustees

    We are absolutely delighted to announce that the Saracens and England lock, Maro Itoje, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. As an Atlas Foundation Trustee Maro will be legally responsible, as a Board Director, for charitable compliance and will work with the other Trustees to set the strategic direction of the charity, ensuring that Atlas fulfils its vision and mission. Read more

  • Atlas and Get Busy Living

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  • Kicking for Posts - A First for Masiphumelele

    A proud moment for Masiphumelele High School as they receive the first ever set of rugby posts in Masiphumelele donated to the school by The Atlas Foundation. Read more

  • Virtual Race to the Stones

    After the cancellation of this years ‘Race to the Stones’ 100 km ultra-marathon over 60 friends and family of the original Nicholson Memorial Fund/Atlas Foundation Race to the Stones team have walked, run and cycled between 6th and 12th July in memory of our three stars, Anita, Alex and Annabel as part of the Race to the Stones Virtual Challenge. Read more

  • Atlas DigiBus on Kenyan National News

    It was an exciting week last week for Atlas in Kenya, as the fantastic progress made by the Mobile Classroom caught the attention of Kenyan national news network, Citizen TV. Read more

  • First Atlas Annual Review Published for 2018/19

    Atlas is delighted to publish our first Annual Review, a short booklet celebrating the achievements of each financial year. Unlike our previous annual reports, we hope this gives a valued look at the impact we make around the world by sharing stories from our projects and looking over our activities in the UK and elsewhere. Read more

  • Youth Day brings kids together in Masi

    Tuesday 16th June was Youth Day in South Africa and our coaches brought a small crowd of children together in the Community Square at Masiphumelele to engage with them for a few hours and provide a small hot snack after their activities. All children and coaches adhered to social distancing and hand washing measures throughout the day's activities. Read more

  • Solar power the way forward for the Atlas DigiBus

    Atlas is delighted to report that the DigiBus Mobile Classroom for our educational support of kids in Langa, Cape Town. With engineering works nearly complete, it's looking shiny and brand new, and almost ready to start transporting kids to school, and providing them with valuable educational resources. Read more

  • Virtual Cape Town 10s

    The first ever VIRTUAL 10s EVENT!   Live music, Celebrity takeovers, sporting legends, event highlights and much more!   Cape Town 10s players and fans came together from around the world to watch the stream, many of them donating R50 (£2.32) to support a child in need during these uncertain times with a meal, a reusable mask and soap. Read more

  • The Atlas Family goes Around the World in 7 Days

    On 19th May, the RAF Police Rugby team nominated Atlas as a charity to benefit from a global lockdown challenge. The challenge was to travel as far as you can around the world under your own steam, and for friends and family to donate online. The collective mileage target was 25,000 miles i.e. the earth’s circumference. Read more

  • RAF Police Rugby's Around the World in 7 Days

    We are privileged and humbled to be supported by the RAF Police Rugby Club in the Around the World in 7 Days challenge from 19th to 26th May. Along with 4 other Rugby and Forces charities, we’re travelling around the earth’s circumference with to support kids and families around the world against the effects of coronavirus. Read more

  • The Expats raise £1,000 for Nicholson Memorial Fund

    Managing to raise £1,000 for the Nicholson Memorial Fund so far, all the profits from Toby Trotter's illustrated book, The Expats, will go to the Memorial Fund. Read more

  • Tackling the virus head on in Buenos Aires

    In Buenos Aires, Marcos Julianes and his team from Virreyes RC have been supporting their community and helping them tackle the knock on effects of coronavirus. Read more

  • Memphis Inner City Rugby tackling the virus head on

    Over the past month the team at Memphis Inner City Rugby have been working incredibly hard to support those who need it in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In mid-March, an ‘adapted services plan’ was launched to “redirect organization resources to be the most helpful for our students & families”. Read more

  • Unsung heroes in unprecedented times

    The Jungle Crows asked all their leaders, coaches and players to nominate unsung heroes from their communities. Family and friends who were going the extra mile to make a positive impact at this time of coronavirus pandemic. Please read on to see some of the stories of these unsung heroes, keeping on and motivating us all at these difficult times. Here are a selection of some of those heroes. Read more

  • Jungle Crows - Khelo Rugby Programme - Coronavirus pandemic report

    Jungle Crows - Khelo Rugby Programme - Coronavirus pandemic report. This report is about the “scholarship students” young leaders who get educational stipends of a little under £10 per month. These are the kids who’ve come up through the rugby programme and now take responsibility for leading a group of around 20 kids in their local areas at rugby sessions. They are about 14-16 years old, and the kids they look after are about 8 -14. Read more

  • Helping children thrive in deprived Salta

    Former England international and Argentina Director of Rugby, Les Cusworth, spoke to Atlas about the growing issues of inequality in the northern province of Salta in Argentina, and how his team of Atlas champions have been trying to help those worst affected. Read more

  • Food and masks for our kids in South Africa

    Cape Town coach Xolani has been making masks for the kids in the Masiphumelele township. Read more

  • Ben Nicholson interview Easter Sunday 2020

    Read the moving interview with Ben Nicholson in the Sunday Times. “Sri Lanka’s Easter Bombings: one year on from the terror that killed my wife and children.” Read more

  • Richmond launch mental health service for its members amid coronavirus crisis

    Richmond launch mental health service for its members amid coronavirus crisis. Read more

  • Emergency medical supplies

    Buy basic medical supplies to save the lives of our children and project workers living in slums and shanty towns where the Coronavirus will be devastating. Select Atlas Foundation in Amazon Smile and half a percent of your shopping bill will go to Atlas to fund basic medical supplies. Read more

  • AON smash the record

    Congratulations to the team who smashed the world record, and powered past the SG $200,000 mark in the AON Singapore 2020 Round the Island Challenge on 13-14th March 2020. Read more

  • Atlas Events Postponed!

    In light of The Atlas Foundation's response to the coronavirus outbreak, we would like to thank our supporters for their understanding of our decision to cancel and postpone our upcoming events at M Restaurant and the House of Lords on the 18th and 31st of March respectively. We hope to find new dates soon but we will keep all guests and supporters updated in coordination with government advice. Read more

  • Coronavirus Response

    “ The health, safety and welfare of our children, project teams and supporters worldwide is our primary concern.  With this in mind Atlas will be taking Global Government advice regarding postponing any events or project work with children ” Read more

  • Legends roll out for Atlas at Cape Town Cycle Tour

    Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, Springbok Legends and Atlas Rugby Champions Percy Montgomery and De Wet Barry, led a Thirsti sponsored Atlas team over the challenging Cape Town Cycle Tour course. Read more

  • Atlas USA launches with international backing

    We are delighted to announce that Atlas USA is now a registered public charity in the USA. It was formally launched at a star studded event in New York in February 2020. Read more

  • Sonny Bill Williams and Charlie Line launch Gold For Good in partnership 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

  • Merry Christmas

    From all of us at Atlas, to our amazing rugby kids, coaches, Champions and supporters, a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and huge thanks for all you do around the world. Read more

  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland Team coach Atlas South Africa kids 🇿🇦

    In the true spirit of playing it forward, the Atlas SA Foundation was deeply honoured to be invited to a coaching session with the Scottish 7s Team in a preamble to the Cape Town 7s. The UK High Commission in Pretoria facilitated the morning and what a coaching session with the Atlas children it turned out to be. Read more

  • Winning votes for shanty town kids in Argentina

    Congratulations to Atlas Champion Marcelo Cordoba on his election as Secretary of Sport for Salta, Argentina 🇦🇷 Marcelo heads up the Atlas partnership with Rugby en Los Barrios in 13 locations with 600 children across Salta Read more

  • An Evening with Juan Figallo and Mako Vunipola at the Argentinian Ambassador's Residence 2019

    Take a look as the Argentinian Ambassador hosted us at his residence to raise funds for our projects in Argentina with a Q&A with Argentina International Prop Juan Figallo and England International Prop Mako Vunipola. Read more

  • Sunrise Cambodia 2019

    Our kids in Cambodia travelled to Phnom Penh for their very first national rugby tournament, eager and happy to show their skills and make new friends! Read more

  • Memorial Match Success in Singapore

    On Nov 5th 2019 the Inaugural Memorial Match in honour of Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson was held on the Padang, Singapore. A star studded evening followed at the SCC, raising over $100,000. Read more

  • Jason visits TRC 2019

    Fantastic to see our Chairman Jason Leonard meeting the team mates of Alex & Annabel Nicholson in Singapore! Read more

  • Terrific Touch Rugby in Cambodia

    The new Adaptive Touch Rugby project started at the end of March, thanks to the collaboration between Soulcial Trust, the School for Deaf and Blind Children of Siem Reap and our regular rugby coach. Through the Adaptive Touch Rugby project we aim to increase inclusiveness in Cambodia through sports, namely rugby. Read more

  • International Day of the Girl 2019

    Our projects in India, Swaziland and Zimbabwe were celebrating #InternationalDayOfTheGirl on the 16th October. Read more

  • First Outing for Masi & Ocean View High School Shirts

    Rugby brings joy to so many around the world! 🤩 That's why we think it's the best way to change lives 🙌 Don't believe us? Just check out our kids at Masi & Ocean View High School in Cape Town in their new kits! #Proud #charitywithballs Read more

  • 🎈THANK YOU 🎈

    We are so grateful to everyone who has made this possible! Out of tragedy you are helping us and Ben Nicholson change lives. Read more

  • Who will you 👀 at the Rugby World Cup in Japan 🇯🇵?

    Atlas Foundation and Front Row Club Rugby Champions are in Japan for the greatest rugby show on earth. Around playing, media and corporate work, they are finding time to help children and young people for a range of charities. We are hugely proud of them all, changing lives through the power of the sport we all love ❤️ Read more

  • Silver Hippos to fund Masi RFC Feeding Programme

    Proud to announce that the SIlver Hippos will be helping fund our feeding programme at Masi RFC in Cape Town! Being able to provide a meal for the kids after training is a crucial part of supporting their development! Read more

  • Atlas South Africa at Tshwane 10s

    We held a coaching session for our boys and girls with South African legends Bakkies Botha, Danie Gerber & Richard Brands! The kids got the chance to learn some skills on the famous Loftus Versfield pitch in Pretoria! Read more

  • TRC Memorial Shirts

    A successful first day of the Tanglin Rugby Club Tournament also proved to be a wonderful first outing for the TRC AN Memorial strips, worn by Alex Nicholson's U14 team mates. A fitting tribute, all worn with great pride. Read more

  • Huge support for Atlas and Shawsey at M Den

    Weds 25th September saw the inugural M Den evening hosted by Simon Shaw to raise money for Atlas's work with kids from the slums of Nairobi. Read more

  • World Cup Warriors Dinner 2019

    A fantastic night at the Hilton managed to raise a record amount for the Atlas Foundation. With fascinating insights into England's World Cup build-up in 2003, as well as thoughts on England's chances this year, it's safe to say that Sir Clive Woodward, Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall, and Lawrence Dallaglio captivated the audience and gave them a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Read more

  • Brands Hatch LSEG Cyclothon 2019

    The London Stock Exchange Group tested their endurance by taking to their bikes for 12 hours on the famous Brand Hatch motor racing circuit, in support of Ben Nicholson who tragically lost his wife Anita and his two children Alex and Annabel in the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday 2019. Anita was the Atlas Foundation project manager in Singapore.  In their memory, LSEG raised £9,513 to help the Nicholson Memorial Fund reach the next milestone of £200,000. The money raised will be used to fun Read more

  • Fatboy 10s 2019

    What an amazing tournament last weekend from Pot Bellied Pigs RFC Hong Kong with 150 golf players and 18+ rugby teams, they raised a whopping 800,000 HKD! Read more

  • Masi and Ocean View HS Jersey Presentations 2019

    South Africa Rugby Champion Percy Montgomery visited Masi High School and Ocean View High School to deliver them with their very own rugby jerseys which they will be able to play in from now on! Read more

  • Memphis meets London 2019

    What a week it's been for Shane Young and Calvin Gentry of Memphis Inner City Rugby as they visited us to give a speech at Jason Leonard's Annual Dinner 2019! Read more

  • Amazing Progress at Masiphumele and Ocean View High Schools

    Following on from our recent match reports and update about the clean up at Ocean View High, we are very pleased to be able to share the amazing stories of the individuals involved in the programme! Read more

  • Perins High School Rugby Tour 2019

    Two weeks ago the Perins High School u15s and u16s rugby teams stopped off to play Masiphumele High School, who were bolstered by the drafting in of some Ocean View High School boys. The team spirit must have been excellent, given the amazing effort they put in together the previous week cleaning up the pitch at Ocean View HS. Read more

  • Jungle Cry VIP Preview

    Atlas is proud to partner with Hollywood Bollywood producer Prashant Shah to host the preview of his new film Jungle Cry. Jungle Cry is based on the true story for a group of slum kids in India who find themselves competing in the youth rugby world cup in England. Trustees and Rugby Champions alike are lining up to attend a VIP screening at Warner Bros in London next month, all to celebrate the amazing project in India that this film portrays! Read more

  • Ocean View High School Mandela Day Clean Up 2019

    A great Mandela Day project underway last week at Ocean View High School clearing the back pitch to allow for training sessions! A big effort from everyone involved means the pitch is now playable! Big thanks to Masiphumele High School for helping out and Old School Group who provided snacks to the work party and distributed excess 10s kit to both High Schools for their sports teams. Read more

  • Rugby Referees generosity

    Norwich Rugby Referees have generously donated 40 playing strips to Atlas's project with the Memphis Inner City Rugby team. Read more

  • Sunshine and smiles

    It was sunshine and smiles all round for the Atlas Foundation 2019 Golf Day. As temperatures soared, so did the balls, and we raised over £20,000 for our work with children. Congratulations to our winners, and huge thanks to everyone who supported us. Read more

  • First Test win

    At the weekend India Women's Rugby won their first ever test match, after only forming a year ago. Twelve of the India team come from Atlas supported projects across India. Congratulations to everyone at Jungle Crows, Khelo Rugby and Delhi Hurricanes for this amazing achievement. Read more

  • Happy Khelo kids

    The West Bengal Boys and Girls were welcomed back at Howrah Railway Station today with garlands, flowers and drums after winning the National U18 Rugby 7s Read more

  • "AN" Memorial Jerseys

    Just launched: The AN collection of coach and supporter jerseys in memory of Alex Nicholson and Annabel Nicholson. All profits go to the Nicholson Memorial Fund Read more

  • Atlas Peloton sweeps up 100 miles

    70 riders including five internationals from four nations rode in the Atlas Peloton on June 2nd, and raised over £10,000. Congratulations to everyone. We are especially pleased with our largest ever entry of women riders, one of whom was the first rider home!! Read more

  • TRT Hub opening

    On Friday 24th May the TRT Hub was opened in Harare Zimbabwe to provide dedicated facilities for the girls whose work on empowerment through rugby Atlas has been proud to fund. Atlas has also contributed to the construction costs and is delighted to see such a valuable resource open and supporting its community. Read more

  • House of Lords Afternoon Tea 2019

    A brilliant Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords on the 20th May 2019. The aim of the event was to support our work in India as well as being the UK premier of Jungle Cry! Read more

  • Richmond Rugby Club sharing their skills

    Richmond Rugby club led by Steve Hill visited Les Cusworth and our Atlas funded programme at Virreyes Rugby Club in Buenos Aires on Sunday 12th May Read more

  • Buenos Aires work expands

    Congratulations Coach Maxi on starting the Atlas All Schools programme at EP2 school in Buenos Aires this week. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • Jason Leonard becomes British and Irish Lions Chairman!

    Jason Leonard, our Chairman and Founding member has become Chairman for the British and Irish Lions. A position he is extremely humbled and honoured to hold. Read more

  • Hong Kong Sevens Charity Fest

    Ever a party weekend, this year's lead up to the Hong Kong 7s featured a host of Atlas Champions supporting other great causes, from Doddie's Foundation to a Memorial to rugby players killed in the Bali bombing. Read more

  • Reaching the Stars

    Jason Leonard was joined by Atlas Rugby Champions Simon Shaw, Percy Montgomery and ten other explorers at the end of March 2019. Read more

  • Harvard University Rugby Tour 2019

    Atlas was delighted to welcome Harvard University Rugby Club to Buenos Aires. While there the team helped coach young people in our projects. Read more

  • Legends from Rugby and Politics lead the Atlas Peloton in the Cape Town Cycle Tour

    Springbok Legend Percy Montgomery lead an inaugural Atlas Peloton of 15 riders. Minister Alan Winde was a fantastic addition to the team, already a great political leader, he showed his sporting colours with a brilliant performance on the bike. Read more

  • Las Vegas Sevens success

    Golfers and special supporters made the Atlas team trip to the USA Sevens in Las Vegas a huge success. Delighted for our hosts that USA stormed to a win at the Sevens, and hugely grateful to our donors for pledging $42,000 to our work with disadvantaged kids in Memphis. Read more

  • Malawi pitch greens up

    The Atlas funded pitch in Lilongwe is levelled and has started to grass up. Click through for before and after pics Read more

  • LRA growing with Atlas

    Great update on progress in Lesotho. Read more

  • Victory for the Atlas Masi Pumas at the Cape Town 10s

    The recent Cape Town 10s played host to over 90 rugby teams as part of the 9 sporting codes on offer at their recent tournament weekend with over 24 000 people in attendance over the two day festival of sport and music. Read more

  • Coexistence through rugby in Israel

    On 12th February two Rugby World Cup winners were welcomed by the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev at his Residence in London. Read more

  • Rugby Business Network introduces Dylan Hartley and Atlas at Coutts

    "I was never good enough" said Dylan Hartley. I just had to keep practising. Humility, hard work and consideration to others shone out of his talk. Read more

  • Front Row Club goes live

    The Front Row Club, a dedicated site for members to support Atlas but also access prizes and banter with rugby legends, went live in the middle of January. You can join for £10 here: Read more

  • 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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  • Argentinian Christmas

    On Thursday 13th December Argentinian Ambassador Carlos Sersale and Mrs Linette de Jagar welcomed Atlas to their London Residence for some traditional festive cheer. Read more

  • 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

  • Atlas announces a three year expansion in Memphis

    Rugby Legends Jason Leonard and Gavin Hastings are in Vegas for the USA Sevens and will meet kids from the Atlas supported Memphis Inner City Rugby programme. Read more

  • Argentina All Schools makes national news

    Argentinian Rugby Legends Patricio Albacete, Marcelo Loffreda and Les Cusworth joined the British Ambassador, Mark Kent and 600 children on the new Hurling Club annex in Buenos Aires to launch Atlas's All Schools Programme in Argentina on Saturday 3rd November Read more

  • Formalisation of Atlas South Africa

    The Atlas Foundation is delighted to announce that we have formalised a South African office for our Charity. With Atlas representation in UK, Ireland, Wales, USA and France this now extends to South Africa where we have been active with charity programmes and grants since 2016. Read more

  • Partnership with SKRUM

    ATLAS have supported SKRUM to develop their vital work within Swaziland. Read more

  • Atlas France legally established

    On Monday 1st October 2018 Atlas France was legally established. The occasion was marked by a lunch attended by Atlas Chairman Jason Leonard, CEO Sally Pettipher, Atlas France founding President Jerome Riondet and Atlas Champion Simon Shaw. Read more

  • Annual Dinner Success!

    We enjoyed a brilliant annual dinner at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel. With over 400 guests and heroes from the past and the present, raising over £250,000 thanks to the generosity of auction donors and bidders. Read more

  • 15th Inaugural, Invitational Fat Boys 10s!

    Brilliant Weekend held by the Pot Bellied Pigs in the Philippines raising over £90,000 for charitable projects in the Far East! Read more

  • Visiting Tunbridge Wells RFC

    Jason Leonard, Atlas Chairman, visited Tunbridge Wells RFC to meet their juniors on Sunday 2nd Sept Read more

  • Rugby Rowing test event

    A trial run for a possible event next year. See the evidence here... Read more

  • Argentinian Embassy Lunch

    The Argentinian Embassy hosted a brilliant lunch to support The Atlas Foundation's work in promoting rugby in disadvantaged towns in Argentina. Read more

  • Friends Updates

    Our Atlas Friends Updates Read more

  • England Squad visit Cape Town projects

    England players visited Atlas Foundation Cape Town projects alongside Jason Leonard, High Commissioner Nigel Casey and 33 Silver Hippos. Read more

  • Atlas Wales at The House of Lords

    Atlas Chairman Jason Leonard, Trustee Lord Addington and Rugby Champion Peter Rogers, welcomed representatives from Wales to the House of Lords on Monday June 11th 2018. Read more

  • Atlas takes it up a gear

    Atlas has had its biggest group of riders to date at the Tour of Cambridgeshire. With over 60 riders donning the stunning new blue and pink cycling jersey, we were one of the most noticeable teams of riders on the course. With 99% of our team training a combined 0 hours, it was an incredible effort. Read more

  • Jason puts on his dancing shoes

    We had the pleasure to be visited by Project Zulu's childrens choir. Project Zulu looks after children in rural South Africa and provides education and resources to help children succeed whilst also giving them the opportunity to play rugby. Read more

  • Delhi Project visit 2018

    Thanks to the incredible generosity of Atlas sponsor Alex Murphy, Jason Leonard and Sally Pettipher were able to visit Delhi to plan the extension of our schools work across India. Read more