Onwards and Upwards for 2018

Only a month and a half into 2018 and we've already been out and about, visiting projects and getting stuck in. Having toured and visited numerous different projects it's been a great time checking that our support is going to the right places and to the people that need it most.

Project Updates

Atlas All Schools showcase in South Africa

Jason and Judgie have been out visiting a number of projects that we work with in South Africa and meeting up with a couple of old Atlas friends. We started with a trip to Boland to keep ourselves updated on our Atlas All Schools programme being rolled out there around the world. Directed by the South African Rugby Legends who we work with around South Africa. Having seen the success the project is having there it has increased our confidence in expanding to more cities across South Africa and increasing the amount of children that we support. 
This was followed by a catch up with ex-England player Matt Stevens who is one of our South African Ambassadors and is doing a great job to 'prop' up our projects.

Lastly, there was a visit to the Masiphumelele RFC. Richmond RFC support this feeding programme with us and it is doing a fantastic job in supporting the young children in the community, teaching them key life values such as respect and determination which only rugby can do. 

Christmas in the City of Joy

Our CEO Sally Pettipher chose to spend the holiday season working with our rugby family out in India. Khelo Rugby held a winter camp for street children and other disadvantaged children from the local community, to allow them to get together, get some food and play some rugby. This camp had an average of 1000 children a day and made a real difference to poor children from all over Kolkata as you can see from the faces of the children above!

From here Sally travelled North to Saraswatipur, a remote village on the edge of the Himalayas. Khelo rugby, with the support of Atlas, are going to build a new community centre in the village which will act as a hub for the charity to work out of as well as provide an increased sense of togetherness for those living in the area. 

The Latest on Atlas All Schools 

At the end of 2017, we held a dinner event in the House of Lords in which we created further awareness of our Atlas All Schools campaign which has really flourished in recent months. In attendance were a number of new Atlas supporters as well as the CEO of Rugby Israel who work as our delivery partners for the Atlas All Schools programme in Israel.

We have specialised in supporting schools in Israel which work with mixed communities in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and more disadvantaged areas. We are also supporting rugby engagement programmes which work with young Eritrean refugees. The Atlas team will be heading over to Israel in June to visit the communities that we are supporting. 

Atlas Events 2018

USA Las Vegas 7's and Golf Day
1st - 4th March 

A bevy of beauties will welcome you to the ATLAS Vegas party, namely Jason Leonard, Shane Byrne, Don James Jr, Gavin Hastings and other legends from international rugby. 

Friday 2nd March is the Golf Classic on the stunning Las Vegas Country Club course with all four in action. You can join us for a four-ball or slot in as a couple or individual. For more information and booking contact sally@atlasfrc.org
Africa 4x4 Challenge
13th - 16th April 2018

A four-day 4×4 driving challenge across Zimbabwe and Botswana. This Atlas challenge will include Delivering kit, boots and balls to kids in Atlas projects alongside England, Ireland and Springbok Rugby legends: Jason Leonard, Shane Byrne, Bob Skinstad and Bakkies Botha.
See the spectacular sights of Victoria Falls, Elephant Sands and the big game of Africa’s rivers and wilderness. 
For more information contact admin@atlasfrc.org
Inaugural Atlas Wales Lunch
The SWALEC Stadium, Wales
27th April 

Four legendary ex-internationals from each corner of the UK discussing their stories that should've stayed on tour. Gavin Hastings, Shane Byrne, Martyn Williams and Gareth Chilcott will be recalling their tour tales over an intimate lunch at the SWALEC Stadium, Wales.

Tables of 10 are at £550 or individual tickets for £55. We will offer 2 Champions tables at £1k each, for eight guests plus two guest speakers from the event and 5 bottles of wine. Plus, an Atlas table at £750 for eight guests plus two ex-internationals and 5 bottles of wine. To book tickets conatct Sally@atlasfrc.org
Atlas Peloton at The Tour of Cambridgeshire
3rd June

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.

Pay for entry £120 per person, or raise £300 for ATLAS for free entry. Sign up quickly in order to get the early-bird offer of an Atlas branded cycling cap. To book your place contact cycling@atlasfrc.org
Atlas Wales Launch Event
House of Lords
11th June

Another summer, another House of Lords reception. This time we are hosting Welsh Rugby Clubs and Welsh Exiles to celebrate the start of Atlas Wales.  We will be hosting an afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the Thames.

More details will be available in the coming weeks but if this is already raising your interest contact us here.
Atlas Golf Day
Kingswood Golf Club
29th June

A deliberately intimate event at a beautiful course with a liberal sprinklings of rugby players, refs, commentators and fans. 
Hosted by Kingswood Golf and Country Club near Tadworth in Surrey, corporate sponsored Four Balls are £1,500,  non-corporate Four Balls £750. For more information contact us here.
Atlas Annual Dinner
Hilton, Park Lane
12th September

After the biggest Atlas dinner to date last year, the only direction for us to go is up! A number of ex and current rugby legends are going to be in attendance including new Atlas Champion and Ambassador, Maro Itoje. The night is going to be another Atlas event that you do not want to miss.

Further details will be released soon so keep an eye on your inbox and our social media or contact us for more information here.
Autumn International Ticket Ballots
September 2018

Atlas are pleased to say that we will be doing another ticket ballot for the Autumn Internationals 2018. Off the back of the success of our 6 Nations ballot, we hope to see many people putting their names down for the tickets. Don't forget you still have a chance to watch England vs Ireland by entering the current 6 Nations Ballot.
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