16 Oct Welcome from Jason
Hello, and thank you for joining the Front Row Club!
Welcome to Knock On News, our new bi-monthly newsletter and news channel in which we bring you unique content from our Rugby Champions and keep you updated on the work we do through Atlas Foundation Charity’s projects – plus there’s news about our free prize draws and events taking place each month.
Front Row Club is the first online rugby club that brings all rugby fans together from around the world under one virtual clubhouse roof. From grassroots rugby to the professional game, Front Row Club brings fun news, views, free prizes and money-can’t-buy experiences to its members for only £10 a year.
All the money Front Row Club raises goes to the Atlas Foundation’s amazing projects that help the most disadvantaged kids around the world through the power of rugby’s values. Please check out some of these projects by visiting https://www.atlasfrc.org/ to see our Charity’s work.
As a sportsman I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to some amazing cities and stay in incredible hotels, but you’re very aware that in many of these places there is a slum on the other side of the city where people don’t have access to shelter, hot water or basic sanitation. As a result the life expectancy is worryingly low, and that’s something we want to change.
The Atlas Foundation is lucky enough to have Rugby Champions; former internationals and legends of the game who give up their time to help in the areas in which they live. Not only is this important in terms of being the eyes and ears of the foundation on the ground, but it also inspires the next generation to aspire to do big things by interacting with their heroes.
Although we are a foundation built by rugby players, we aren’t putting our focus on developing the sporting skills of the youth. Of course it would be a bonus if one of these children one day plays for their country, but what we are trying to do is instil rugby values around the world – to help children develop to a point where they can get out of the cycle of poverty, hopefully get an education and become the people who inspire generations after them.
South Africa’s Siya Kolisi comes from a poor background and now captains one of the best teams in the world on the biggest stage. He’s a testament to what can be achieved – not by rugby, but through rugby. Hopefully there will be many children who see that and put their mind to achieving big things, whatever they may be.
The World Cup is upon us, and while we celebrate the best teams and players of the world taking part at the elite level, let’s also please take a moment to remember why we got involved in this great game in the first place and help those around us.