Jason Leonard OBE, World Cup-winning prop and President of the RFU, has extended an exclusive invitation for 25 Rugby Business Network members to join him at the House of Lords on Monday 23rd January from, 3.30pm – 5pm.
With a world record (at the time) 119 international caps, four Grand Slams, three British Lions tours and a World Cup win, there was very little Jason Leonard didn’t achieve on the rugby pitch. Now, through his work at the RFU and his charity The Atlas Foundation, he’s looking to make an even bigger impact away from the pitch.
It’s on behalf of the Atlas Foundation, and along with Chairman and fellow trustee Lord Addington, that Jason has extended the invitation to our members.
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of The Atlas Foundation within the rugby community, specifically the services that Atlas can provide to clubs and their members.
Unlike many charity events, this is not a fundraiser for the charity, but a way of saying, as Colm Hannon so often does, “What can we do for you?”
Jason explained his motivation for starting the charity: “After seeing the outstanding charity work done by rugby players and the global rugby family, we knew that we wanted to find a way to add our weight to their efforts and help to improve the lives of disadvantaged people across the world. Our friends in the business community are key allies and we look forward to treating them to a real rugby afternoon at the beautiful House of Lords.”
Although only a year old, Atlas already works through a global network of ‘Rugby Champions’ to fund projects that alleviate the suffering of some of the poorest people on Earth. As such, they do not accept unsolicited appeals for funding, but they would like to make you aware of what they might be able to do beyond their grant funding programme.
They would be delighted if you are able to join their team on the 23rd, but with limited numbers and in order to cover costs incurred by the charity, tickets are available at a nominal price of £50 per person. Afternoon tea will be provided and the Terrace overlooking the Thames will be open.
The event is limited to the first 25 applicants and they will be joined by a number of the Atlas Foundation’s ‘Rugby Champions’, ex-international players who will doubtless share their experiences of working with Atlas and also from their rugby days. Please click here to register your interest for the event.
Jason will offer up his personal views on the current game, including his thoughts on the Autumn Internationals and on subjects such as: Eddie Jones’ ‘Midas’ touch; props sidestepping – “Is it legal?”; and the potential storming of the All Blacks’ ramparts by the Lions next year.
We look forward to seeing you at this fantastic event.