Back on home turf: running legend Sir Mo Farah joins schools sport conference in Hounslow

Sir Mo Farah inspires local school teachers and promotes the importance of physical activity.

Published: Friday, 4th February 2022

Sir Mo Farah Sport Impact conference

Last week Sir Mo Farah joined more than 200 representatives from schools across Hounslow to champion the role that physical activity and sport plays in the lives of young people across the borough. The annual conference, which was hosted by Sport Impact and funded by Hounslow Council, promotes the importance of children being active and developing a lifelong love of activity and sport. The event was held at Twickenham Stoop Stadium and inspired teachers through a host of exciting workshops.

Local and national sporting partners from the FA, Youth Sport Trust, Lampton Leisure, More Than Rugby and many more were joined by special guest Sir Mo Farah, to hear about his incredible journey from local pupil to sporting legend. As a child Farah attended Isleworth and Syon School, and Feltham Community College.

His athletic talent was first identified by then P.E teacher Alan Watkinson, who is now Director of Sport Impact. He said:

“We were delighted to host more than 200 people from the education and sport sector at the Sport Impact conference last Wednesday. The overriding message was the need to ensure children from all backgrounds had full access to opportunities to be physically active.

“This has never been more important because of the pandemic and we hope that delegates had some excellent insight into, not only why we need to do this, but how they might apply this to their schools. It was great to be able to access some outstanding key-note speakers and to round the day off with an interview with my famous ex-pupil Sir Mo Farah. That was the icing on the cake!"

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Members for Leisure Services said:

“One of our key priorities at the Council is to provide opportunities for our residents, especially young people to lead active healthy lives and enjoy more sport. Funding the Sport Impact conference is an integral part of this commitment to highlight from an early age, the important role exercise plays in boosting our physical and mental well-being.

“We are immensely proud to be one of the hosts for the Women’s EURO 2022 tournament. It will provide a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to create positive role models for boys and girls within sport, helping to inspire them to keep active and healthy.”

Other key-note speakers included Hounslow’s Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill, she said:

“It was my privilege to speak at the conference last week and outline how physical activity and your health are explicitly linked.

“The physical and mental health benefits of playing sport and keeping active are astronomical. And we all know that developing a love of sport begins in childhood.

““In my speech, I addressed the key health inequalities and how we can create opportunities for children of all ages and backgrounds to participate in sports.”

And with the UEFA Women’s Euros due to be hosted at Brentford Community Stadium in July, an FA Girls workshop was much-needed to inspire local girls to play the beautiful game.

Sarah Mander, P.E Subject Lead from Isleworth Town Primary School, said:

“The conference yesterday was fantastic!  The workshops were informative and we came away enthused and ready to look at different areas for implementing ideas cross curricular.”

For more information about Sport Impact click here.

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