The EFL Week of Action takes place this week, as all 72 clubs and club community organisations showcase activity across England and Wales.
MK Dons SET have recently been recognised as one of six regional winners of the Your Move Community Club of the Season award, which honours outstanding work being delivered off the pitch.
An example of the SET’s work, took place on Tuesday when coaches visited Southwood School in Conniburrow to deliver their weekly EFL Trust programme.
The programme, which lasts six weeks, is half theory and half practical and is designed to encourage Year 5 students to live a healthy lifestyle. During the programme, students will be taught about the importance of having a balanced diet, hydration and physical activity is.
MK Dons SET Schools Manager, Harry Gray, told mkdons.com: “We have worked with Southwood School since I joined the Dons in 2019 but I believe that we've been here for years before.
“The children really enjoy having MK Dons SET coaches there. They're always eager to learn more from our coaches and relish the opportunity they have.”
MK Dons SET recently donated a bag of PE equipment to Southwood School. Gray explained: “Being in an area in Milton Keynes with has quite high deprivation, we want to ensure the long-lasting relationship with the school will continue to flourish as well as the children's attitude towards our coaches and their learning.”
Using the power of football, EFL clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) collectively invest over £59m in their communities every year, engaging with some of the most vulnerable members of society.
In 2021, EFL Clubs and CCOs were recognised at both the Leaders Sports Awards and Sports Business Awards for the important and unique role they played in supporting their local communities during the pandemic.
Rick Parry, Chair of the EFL, said: “EFL Clubs are embedded in the towns and cities from which they take their name and this bond is strengthened by the life changing initiatives they run across England and Wales every single day
“The EFL Week of Action is an opportunity for us to celebrate this invaluable work and demonstrate the remarkable difference clubs have on their communities away from the pitch.”
Liam Scully, Chair of the EFL Trust, said: “Clubs’ work in their communities happens on a huge scale day in day out and directly aligns with priorities for the people in our communities both locally and on a national scale.
“The hours that are committed by our Club and Community Organisation teams and volunteers demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving lives up and down the country and building stronger, healthier more active communities.”