OLYMPIC champion Mo Farah has launched an academy to unearth home-grown sporting talent to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Games.
Fittingly named the Mo Farah Academy, every year the scheme will aim to give eight aspiring young athletes a scholarship worth £4,000 to help with living and training costs.
Founded by the Mo Farah Foundation (MFF), the academy will provide elite sports training programmes at the Olympians former stomping grounds at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, as well as Brunel University.
The first Academy students will start at one of the universities this September.
Olympic double gold medallist and founding MFF Trustee, Mr Farah, said: “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 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.”
The Academy will provide financial and technical support for courses, and every year four of the most promising athletes, with the potential to compete at international level, from each college will be selected for scholarships.
Andrew Reid-Smith, director of sport at St Mary’s University College, added: “Mo started at St Mary’s in 2001 as the first student of the Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC). We are very proud of Mo’s incredible London 2012 achievements and St Mary’s is delighted to be part of the Mo Farah Academy to help support the next generation of sporting talent.”
Paul Dimmock, director of sport at Brunel University, added: “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.”