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Dec 18, 2018

December 2018 update

In September 2017, a peace and reconciliation programme was launched for kids from some of the most marginalised schools in Israel. The ambition, to use rugby to break down racial and religious divides, and to build peace and unity through kids playing together and competing against each other.

Atlas is delighted to report that through the generoity of three UK individuals we have funded work in 12 schools across Israel. This is delivered by Rugby Israel and is focussing on teamwork and reconciliation in divided communities.

Locations and schools in Israel


Boyer High-School

Ankori High-School

Tel Aviv

Nofim School

Cfir School

Tel-Hai School


Ironi Gimel School

Ironi Hey School

Karmel Zvulun Kibbutz Yagur


Givat-Brenner Regional High-School

Darca Ramon Gedera High-School

Solomon Bereshit Givat-Brener School

There are a further 33 schools that we wish to reach. 

It costs £1,000 per school per year to work regularly with 60 boys and girls. That is less than £20 per child per year, yet the values and support of rugby last a lifetime.


The Atlas Foundation “All Schools” Programme is a proven model that:

improves academic success at school

reduces crime and anti-social behaviour out of school

creates access to jobs beyond school


In the US it is doubling graduation rates and eliminated teenage pregnancies;

In Asia it is increasing graduation rates from 18% - 80%

   In Africa young players are getting work in the fitness and security industries


Oct 8, 2018

Memphis Update


The success of this project has led us at the Atlas Foundation to commit a further three years of funding, allowing the unique rugby and education blend to grow out from its core location across more schools in Memphis.

We are rightly proud of the 100% graduation rate of students in this programme, showcasing the transformative power of rugby.

The programme has been showcased in an award winning film.

The project leader and some of the Memphis graduates will be joining us in Las Vegas on Friday 1st March 2019 for a charity golf day – the official charity golf event of the Las Vegas Sevens.

If you would like to join us at the golf or the Sevens, please get in touch. Contact details on our website.

Award winning film
Award winning film


Jul 10, 2018

July update

We are delighted that some of the Memphis Inner City Rugby students have won important CAL summer scholarships, thanks to Atlas’s friends at the Rugby Opportunity Fund. 

Elsewhere our work continues to improve education and create career pathways thanks to the rugby family. Our project ‘graduates’ are now breaking out of the cycle of poverty to go to College, University and many of them into paid work in the fitness or security industries. 

The England Rugby Squad and British High Commissioner visited our projects in Cape Town in advance of the recent England vs South Africa final test. This visit not only created valuable publicity but inspired new supporters to start fundraising for Atlas.

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