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 Upcoming Events

Atlas Annual Golf Day 2018

Friday 29th June

A deliberately intimate event at a beautiful course with a sprinkling of rugby legends: players, officials and commentators. Join Jason Leonard and friends at the stunning Kingswood Golf and Country Club in Surrey for a great day of golf followed  by an evening dinner and presentation. Sponsorship packages available upon request.

📋 For further details please contact us at

Pilot – Rugby Rowing Challenge

Saturday 18th August 2018

(options for nights before and after)

Join Rugby and Rowing stars for a day (or more) of boats, blisters & banter.

Please be aware that this is a test event, many things are subject to change, and your feedback will be essential to refining this in future years.

Itinerary below – click to enlarge. Or for further details please contact

Atlas Trek 2019

30th March – 2nd April 2019

Join Jason Leonard and other rugby legends as they trek through jungle, rivers and mountains on the border between India and Nepal.

Two days trekking on foot and in Heritage Land Rovers, overnight in a mountain hut, and a day spent playing rugby and fishing with the kids of the rural tea plantation village of Saraswatipur.

Finally, cutting the ribbon on the Saraswatipur’s brand new, Atlas funded education centre.

📋 For further details please contact Sally

Las Vegas Sevens

“Social Ryder Cup”

Date Still TBC – Early March 2019

We are taking expressions of interest in playing in our Europe vs US Rugby players Golf Tournament at the Las Vegas Sevens in 2019

Exclusive packages available to play with the stars, and join them for the Rugby Sevens.

Contact Sally to register your interest

Long Trek

Everest Expedition 2018

A ‘money cannot buy’ experience with the Gurkhas

November 2018 (3 weeks)

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. A minimum donation or fundraising pledge of £10,000 is required for this event.

📋 For further details please contact us here

Annual Dinner

Jason Leonard’s Annual Dinner 2018

Wednesday 12th September

Join Jason Leonard and members of the England Rugby Squad to look forward to the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Featuring Atlas Foundation Schools Ambassador Maro Itoje with Mike Brown, Danny Care, Owen Farrell, Dylan Hartley, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola

📋 For further details please contact event organisers Fireball on +44 (0)20 8704 4141. Online booking:  email:

ATLAS Events Archive

Cycling 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Text: Join us in 2018 for this fantastic closed road event. Building on the success of the last two years ATLAS will provide a quality race jersey, a dedicated VIP enclosure with private registration, kit and bike storage, food and a bar. Jason and other former pro rugby stars will lead out the ATLAS Peloton and welcome you back for a drink in the VIP enclosure.

For the very keen, there are individual and team time trials on Saturday 2nd June. Atlas riders will be represented in both. If you would like to ride for Atlas in this or the Gran Fondo in a race gate please let us know so that we can secure the right entry for you.

Please contact for more info and to book into the Atlas Peloton.

In April 2018, a team of Atlas supporters completed a South African Off-Road challenge through Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Jason Leonard, Atlas Chairman, along with Bob Skinstad, who played 42 tests for the Springboks, Shane Byrne, former Irish rugby union hooker who won 41 caps for Ireland between 2001 and 2005 and Peter Rogers who played 18 times for Wales in the front row, delivered rugby boots and balls to children in deprived communities throughout Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Visiting 3 African countries in 4 days and travelling 500 miles by Land Rover, the team raised an exceptional £100,000 for the Atlas Foundation. In addition, the trek affirmed, recognised and validated the exceptional work being done by two rugby projects in Zimbabwe and Botswana by supporting and showcasing their sporting projects in isolated communities for both boys and girls.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sevens Golf 2018

An international cohort of rugby loving golfers, and golf loving rugby players, descended on Las Vegas to play golf, and enjoy the Rugby Sevens in March 2018.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Callidus Cloud for their sponsorship, and the personal support of their executives and guests, the Atlas Foundation raised over $32,000. After costs we hope to grant over $22,000 to the Memphis Inner City Rugby project and to the Schools for Countries programme.

We were honoured to be joined by His Excellency Robinson Njeru Githae, the US Ambassador for Kenya, and his party of excellent golfers. We were pleased to be able to talk about the work that Atlas supports in his home country.

We met up with André Agassi at the club, and later with Gavin Hastings at the Sevens. The USA had their first tournament win on home turf making for some rowdy celebrations.

See the Gallery here, some highlights below

2015 - 2017

Kings of Lions Dinner 2017

This evening we heard a true Lion’s ROARRR! The annual dinner raises funds for The Atlas Foundation and is our biggest event of the year. The star studded event at the Hilton, Park Lane, saw hundreds of rugby fans coming together to celebrate the work that Atlas has done but to also hear stories and insider tales from a number of previous Lion’s tours.

With guest speakers: Sam Warburton, Sir Ian McGeechan, Lawrence Dallaglio, Keith Wood, Graham Rowntree and Jeremy Guscott, an entertaining evening of witty accounts of Lion’s tours, was had by all.  Hosted by the timeless Martin Bayfield, the event raised significant funds which will all be put back into The Atlas Foundation and the life changing work it does in poverty stricken areas around the world.

We would like to say a huge thank you for the contributions that our attendees made and hope to see everyone, alongside plenty of new faces, at the dinner next year!

House of Lords receptions 2017

Atlas welcomed over 200 representatives of rugby clubs, the rugby business network and personal fund holders to two receptions 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 new-trbn-logo

Iceland Trek 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. A minimum donation or fundraising pledge £10,000 is required.

Atlas Annual Golf Day 2017

Thanks as ever to Ian Robertson for his bottomless sack of anecdotes, JP Doyle for making Jason’s team look good, Jason for his warm welcome to us all, and to Philippe St Andre for calling in and adding some gallic charm.

Hosted by Kingswood Golf and Country Club, near Tadworth, Surrey, the course is a stunning venue and the team are efficient and hospitable.  Thanks to everyone who took four balls, especially our sponsors. Lots of photos in the Gallery (link below). If you’d like high res images, get in touch.

Atlas Peloton at the Tour of Cambridgeshire 2017

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Success at the Tour

Sixty-five riders joined a multinational set of rugby stars including Jason Leonard, Peter Rogers, François Mounier and JP Doyle representing four of rugby’s big six northern hemisphere nations at the annual Tour of Cambridgeshire.

Success is measured for most in getting round the 60 or 80 mile route and having fun on the way. People line the route and ATLAS riders were high-fiving the kids the whole way round.

The day before a brave team of four took on the inaugural team time trial and with no practice or experience of team riding, creditably didn’t come last.

 Through the ride we have raised over £16k for the school we are building in conjunction with Philippe Sella’s charity in the Ivory Coast.

USA Rugby Sevens Golf Classic 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 please contact us here

Atlas High Mountain Trek 2016

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.

ATLAS Ireland Q and A 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.

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.