UK rugby star Ben Cohen has announced he'll head a new foundation to support gay charities and groups.

Even as his future with the Sale Sharks remains uncertain, Cohen, also known as Big Ben and Benji, announced on his website that he's prepared to take on a more visible role in advocating for LGBT rights.

“As you may have read in the press my future at Sale is now uncertain.”

“I am still fit, healthy, and at 32 still ready to play rugby. I am currently looking at offers from Premiership Clubs and will continue to see what is out there.”

The six-foot-two married father of two went on to announce his new ventures.

“This summer I am heading The Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour to the USA. We are working with gay/gay-friendly rugby clubs holding events and dinners and spreading a message of acceptance and mutual respect for everyone and also raising money for my soon to be formed foundation, which will be supporting existing charities and organizations working within the LGBT community.”

Cohen, who has been nominated for a NewNowNext award in the Cause You're Hot category, promised more information in the coming week.