Mohammed Ismail

I am a qualified UK athletics coach and a long-distance runner. I have been involved in the sport for over 20 years. I have run over 15 marathon and ultra-marathon races, including London and Florence. I also enjoy racing on the track and taking part in Parkrun events all over London. 

I set up Uffo Athletic and Leisure Group at the beginning of 2020 to address the low levels of physical activity among Somali and Muslim communities living in the UK, that were disproportionately more at risk of loneliness and isolation during COVID-19, including disabled children. I believe that if children are encouraged to do sports early, this will not only lead to a lifetime of positive engagement in sports but develop key aspects of their personhood.

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