The Atlas Foundation is absolutely delighted to say that we have been named as a finalist in the Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards, in the ‘Sponsor of the Year’ category. Atlas was nominated by the Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute in South Africa.


We are so proud to support this amazing programme. The Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute lifts young girls out of poverty, teaching them the game and values of rugby whilst also giving them the opportunity to study and learn valuable life skills. Often these women don’t have anywhere else to go after dropping out of school, but the Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute provides accommodation, three meals a day and a valuable support network. After graduation, the young women go back into the community and coach children in the Rural Development Programme, teaching them the importance of education, discipline, and personal development.


Jaco Coetzee, Women’s Rugby Development Manager, said: “this Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute project could not have started without Atlas.”


There were over 200 nominations for the award and we are honoured to have reached the final.