The Mo Farah Foundation has announced the launch of the Mo Farah Academy, its first initiative in the UK, designed to encourage home-grown sporting talent whilst building on the Olympic Legacy.
The Academy will provide financial and technical support for the elite sports training programmes at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, and at Brunel University. Both have been selected as dedicated centres of sporting excellence with a solid track record of sporting success.
In particular, each year, four outstanding young athletes at Brunel and four at St Mary’s will receive scholarships worth up to £4,000 to help with living and training costs.
Mo Farah, Olympic double gold medallist and founding MFF Trustee said, “If it wasn’t for the close network of people offering me support and guidance during my formative years, then I might not have become the athlete I am today. I am incredibly proud and excited to be launching this program, which I passionately believe will give our future Olympians the help they need to succeed and I can’t wait to see how they all get along.”
Paul Dimmock, Director of Sport at Brunel University said; “It is a real honour for us to be selected to work with the Mo Farah Academy. The package of technical assistance, access to world class coaching, and valuable financial support that the Academy offers will make a significant difference to the quality of the training we can offer.”