England rugby union ace swaps Twickenham for training session in Kibera

Jason Leonard and the KRDA trainers
Jason Leonard meets the KRDA trainers. Photo: Twitter/kingsrugbyKE

Kibera’s Kings Rugby Development Academy (KRDA) welcomed a special guest yesterday when English rugby star Jason Leonard OBE joined the team for a special training session.

The KRDA works with 235 children (175 boys and 60 girls) from Kibera. The former England World Cup Winner was in Kenya on behalf of the ATLAS Foundation, a global network of Rugby Champions which supports grassroots rugby projects that improve the lives of some of the poorest people on Earth.

He was accompanied during his visit by ATLAS Foundation CEO and specialist in sport philanthropy, Sally Pettipher.

During the day, they were both were joined by UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey and His Grace Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit for the training session.

48-year-old Leonard is a former English rugby union player who has also been the Rugby Football Union President since 2015.

Nicknamed The Fun Bus, Leonard was a prop forward who won 114 caps for England and five for the British and Irish Lions. His total of 119 was a world record until 2006, when it was surpassed by George Gregan.

The England teams in which he played won four Grand Slams (1991, 1992, 1995 and 2003) and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He was also part of the British and Irish Lions squad that won the test series during their 1997 tour of South Africa.

Away from the rugby, Leonard took some time out to visit the Angel Kindergarten.

Catering for around 200 children from Kibera, aged between 3 & 8 years old, the kindergarten provides a clean, bright and loving space which in turn creates a very stimulating learning environment with well qualified, sensitive and experienced Kenyan teachers.

Jason Leonard Fundraiser

Last night, Jason ended a busy day as one of the guests at a fundraising dinner for KRDA at Karen Country Club in Nairobi.