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MK Dons recognised in Parliament after winning EFL honour

Knife Angel campaign was recently named Sky Bet League One’s EFL Community Project of the Season...

20 April 2023

MK Dons have been recognised in Parliament for their Knife Angel campaign, which was recently named Sky Bet League One’s EFL Community Project of the Season.

Representatives from MK Dons Sport & Education Trust (SET), as well as Thames Valley Police and Milton Keynes Council, attended an event in Westminster, where MK Dons were officially presented with their EFL honour.

MK Dons and MK Dons SET were honoured for the anti-violence and knife crime education programme - Knife Angel. Both visual and impactful, the project reached over 45,000 individuals and saw 293 knives being surrendered in Milton Keynes during a one-month period.

Winners in League One, the Dons will be up against Stoke City and Doncaster Rovers for the overall EFL Community Project of the Season award, which will be revealed at the EFL Awards on 23 April.

Maralyn Smith, Chief Executive of MK Dons SET, said: "MK Dons SET are extremely proud to win this award for our work around anti-violence and the Knife Angel working in partnership with Thames Valley Police, Milton Keynes City Council and other community organisations.

"The impact of the work has been outstanding, supporting over 3,500 young people and helping them learn about the impact of violence and how to enjoy Milton Keynes safely. The work continues but it’s fantastic for it to be recognised by the EFL."

Stoke City were the Championship winners for their ‘Keep Stoke Smiling’ project – an oral health initiative which has reached 11,000 children in 74 local primary schools.

In League Two, Doncaster Rovers were honoured for their pioneering pre and post-natal scheme, Fit Families - the first of its kind in the EFL and a scheme providing much needed support to families facing high levels of deprivation.

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