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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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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.

So many thanks to say, to the riders, their sponsors, and the supporters and sponsors of the Atlas team and whole event. We will thank you all individually but would like everyone to know how much we value their contributions. Through the ride we will raise over £15k for the school we are building in conjunction with Philippe Sella’s charity in the Ivory Coast.

📸 View photos in the event Dropbox folder

Finish line

“Working with Jason can get messy”

Sally Pettipher, Atlas CEO, in conversation with the Rugby Business Network

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Maidenhead RFC Touch Rugby Tournament Success

Members of Maidenhead RFC organised a charity touch rugby tournament last month on behalf of The Atlas Foundation and Little Fishes Pre-school that turned out to be a great success.

Sixteen teams- totaling over 150 participants, mostly non-rugby players – took part in the event which raised a fantastic £833 for the respective charities.

The event consisted of three separate divisions and a huge congratulations are in order for the winners; Super Division 1- Maidenhead RFC Mohawks, Social Division 2- Berkshire RFC Unicorns, Social Division 3- Cox Green School.

Sally Pettipher, Chief Executive of The Atlas Foundation said: “I was delighted to be present at such a fantastic event that encouraged participants of rugby and those of a none-rugby background. There was a real buzz surrounding the event and we look forward to seeing how an event like this can be developed going forward.”

Well done to all of the participants and the organisers at Maidenhead RFC!

 

2nd Annual Golf day success

⛳️  A deliberately intimate event at a beautiful course with a sprinkling of rugby legends: players, officials and commentators. Run for the second time on Friday 19th May 2017 raising nearly £20k for ATLAS

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 there 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.

📸 For photos see the GALLERY

JP Doyle nearest the pin

Kings Rugby Development Academy, Nairobi, Kenya

At the invitation of the McGreevy family, ATLAS Foundation Chairman, Jason Leonard and CEO, Sally Pettipher, attended the launch of the Kings Rugby Development Academy in April 2017.

This project works exclusively with children from the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in Africa, giving them hope for a future beyond their current existence.

We were delighted to be able to make contact with the British High Commission and the Kenya Rugby Union to help raise the profile of this wonderful project that kits out, trains and feeds over 200 boys and girls every week.

The success of the KRDA is targeted to grow with 10 centres planned in the next 3 years.

For more info visit the KRDA website

See the photo-log of our visit HERE

All back safely from Iceland

April 4th 2017

Congratulations to the seven intrepid explorers who conquered some huge obstacles to reach their summit goals in Iceland.

Between them they will nearly top out £100,000 in fundraising too, allowing us (after costs) to honour or pledge to Philippe Sella and the children of the Biafra shanty town in the Ivory Coast, to build a new school and sports pitch there.

“Front Rowers aren’t built to climb ice walls but we made it. Rhys was holding the rope, all 10 stone of him. Think we would have catapulted him into the air if we’d fallen off” said Jason, grinning in his hard hat.

Upminster Rugby Club make kit donation

Upminster Rugby Club have made an invaluable kit donation that will go towards the Atlas funded project in Nyumbani Village, Kenya.

100kg of rugby kit is currently en route to the village which offers education, support and shelter to 1000 children orphaned or otherwise affected by HIV and aids.

Brad Stone, from Upminster Rugby Club, said: “The club had discussed what to do with the kit and some time ago and decided to try to find a home where it would be best utilised for the benefit of those receiving the kit. The Atlas Foundation was exactly the sort of use the club had in mind for the kit to help less privileged boys and girls to be able to enjoy and experience the game of rugby.”

Nyumbani Village has recently established a boy’s rugby team but does not have any provision to support girls who want to play. Whilst the boys are coached a vast number of girls look on in interest, keen to get involved but not sure how and such donation will help support this three year project, championed by Maggie Alphonsi.

The Atlas Foundation would sincerely like to thank Upminster Rugby Club for their generosity to the Nyumbani project.

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Join international rugby stars such as  Gavin Hastings, Jason Leonard, Waisele Serevi and Troy Coker and more for a round of golf

LAS VEGAS – Elite rugby action crosses over into the golf world during the 2017 USA Sevens Charity Golf Classic Scrumble, located at the Las Vegas Country Club on Friday, March 3 beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Golf and rugby enthusiasts can now register for the exclusive chance to play 18 holes of golf with international rugby legends to benefit ATLAS and US rugby charities.

Registration for sponsorship opportunities at the golf scrumble ends Friday, Feb. 24th and registration for players ends Tuesday, Feb. 28th INFO AND BOOKING HERE

USA sevens rugby

Mon 23rd January 2017

Chairman, Jason Leonard and Trustee, Lord Addington, welcomed over 100 representative from rugby clubs across London and the Home Counties and from the Rugby Business Network to a reception at the House of Lords. 

They were joined by other Rugby Champions to learn about the support available through the Atlas Foundation for clubs and individuals. A summary of Jason’s speech is here, general information about Atlas here, and the event photo gallery link here.

House of Lords Jan 2017

Mon 19th December 2016

Listen again to Sabena Moylan’s interview on Limerick Live. Re-live the first ATLAS Ireland event from the previous weekend, and how the funds are put to work to benefit children.

Link here

Mon 12th December 2016

Limerick, the heart of rugby in Ireland, gave a rousing welcome to Jason Leonard, Shane Byrne and Peter Clohessy last night. A Q & A session in Flannery’s Bar on Denmark Street was the formal launch of ATLAS in Ireland and an important first fundraiser for ATLAS. Immaculately MC’d by Munster referee Sabena Moylan, many of the funniest stories involved match officials. 

Thurs 24th Nov 2016

Jason Leonard was guest of honour at Philippe Sella’s annual dinner on behalf of his charity Les Enfants de L’Ovale. Keen followers of ATLAS will know that we have supported “EDO” with a grant to help their teacher and coach training. These teachers are based across Africa and EDO improves their academic and sports coaching, thereby reaching thousands of children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

ATLAS was pleased to present for auction an England shirt signed by our Trustees: Jason, Jeff and the Judge Paul Rendall, totalling 189 caps between them. This helped by raising €1,000 and contributed to a record fundraising evening, up €10,000 on the year before.

Along with a stunning venue in the Grand Hotel at L’Opèra in Paris, a meal by a two-star Michelin chef, and a host of musical and artistic performances, it was an evening to remember.

Jason and Philippe, ATLAS and EDO, are proud to demonstrate such amitié between two famously competitive sporting nations, together giving new opportunities and advantages to children across Africa.

Weds 23rd Nov 2016

A brilliant evening hosted by the Rugby Business Network in Paris, at Le Rugby Club on Boulevard Haussmann. Jason Leonard was joined by former rugby superstar Nicolas Mounier (Racing Metro, Cardiff, etc..) now a successful entrepreneur, and by Vendée Globe skipper Nicolas Boidevezi. All were interviewed by Oxford Rugby Blue and now Eurosport presenter Jerome Riondet, and all shared the importance of the values of sport, particularly those of rugby, with a packed house of rugby business people and other former players. It was a special pleasure for Jason to catch up with Laurent Benezech, fellow prop and team mate at Harlequins.

In the words of the skipper “C’était un grand plaisir de partager sur nos valeurs et visions communes, dans un but permanent d’effacer les frontières et de nous enrichir de la diversité.

Friends Updates

Click on the snapshots below for full updates

First Friends Update, March 2016
Friends Update June 2016
Friends Update Oct 2016
Friends update Jan 2017

Contact ATLAS

Do please get in touch via the email link here

Postal address:

London Belgravia, 60 New Broad Street, London, EC2M 1JJ

With our gratitude to London Belgravia Ltd