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50 years - 50 sport scholars 17/11/2015

Brunel University London is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to celebrate its sporting history, and as an demonstration of its commitment to sport moving forward, 50 sport scholarships have been awarded to the university’s most talented athletes.

The range of sports covered in the scholarship programme is vast, demonstrating Brunel's ability to attract athletes from various sports. This will undoubtedly enhance our reputation as the choice University for elite athletes and boost our performances in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and individual championships. 

The Sport Scholarship Programme is designed to benefit elite performance athletes by supporting their academic study and sporting profession simultaneously with a support package based around on campus services, access to world class training facilities, and financial awards ranging from £500 up to £2,000.  

Out of this year’s 50 scholars, four students were selected by the Mo Farah Foundation as Academy Scholars. The Mo Farah Foundation partnership with the Brunel scholarship programme is now in its third year and continues to develop and enhance the support service to promising young athletes with the combination of advice, guidance and practical support that they need to fulfil their potential. 

The four Brunel students selected for the Mo Farah Foundation are: 
•Shirin Irving - Athletics 100m Hurdles, 
•Ryan Raghoo - Athletics 100m, 200m, Long Jump T35/ F35 
•Ollie Smith - Athletics 400m
•Clieo Stephenson - Athletics 100m & 200m Sprints

After receiving his award, Ollie Smith, a third year Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences student said: "I am excited by the opportunities the award will give me this year, and the support offered." 

Shirin, a first year Sport, Health and Exercise Science student added: "I chose Brunel because I knew I would have the facilities to carry out my academic and sports career to a high standard, amongst likeminded people."

Keep up to date with some of our scholars in action this #BUCSWednesday, including the top of the table netball clash vs Hertfordshire featuring scholars Georgia Lees and Summer Artman.

For further details about the sport scholarship programme please visit the Brunel website.

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