The Mo Farah Foundation has announced the launch of the Mo Farah Academy in conjunction with Brunel University and St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, set up to support homegrown sporting talent.
Having witnessed the overwhelming reaction to the Olympic 2012 London Games and the defining moment in Mo Farah’s own sporting career, the Foundation feels the time is right to build on that legacy by launching this program now. Something which was reinforced with the observation of substantial cuts to scholarship funding and an estimated 60% of students dropping out of their athletic disciplines between college and university education.
In conjunction with Brunel & St Marys University who were carefully selected for their dedicated centres of sporting excellence, the Mo Farah Foundation will provide financial, practical and technical support to the successful applicants of the Mo Farah Academy along with key guidance and access to world level coaching and fitness facilities.
All students of the Academy will have demonstrated a keen track record in their chosen discipline and proven their extreme desire to further enhance their talents.
Both universities are to receive scholarships worth up to £4k each year for four athletes and Farah commented ‘If it wasn’t for the close network of people offering me support and guidance during my earlier years, then I might not have become the athlete I am today. I am incredibly proud and excited to be launching this programme’.
Mo Farah holds the European track record for 10,000 m, 1500 m and Two Miles, the British road record for 10,000 m, the British indoor record in the 3000 m, the British track record for 5000 m, the British half-marathon record, and the European indoor record for 5000 m. In July 2010, he won Britain’s first-ever men’s European gold medal at 10,000 m. Farah followed this with a gold in the 5000 m, becoming the 5th male athlete to complete the long-distance double at the championships and the first British man to do so.
At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, he won silver in the 10,000 m and gold in the 5000 m. He became double Olympic champion at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, taking gold in both the 5000 and 10,000 metres. In 2013, he also won the double at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, taking gold in both the 5000 and 10,000 metres, becoming only the second man in history to win a double victory in both the Olympics and World Championships in the distance events.