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MK Dons Under-18s & MK Dons SET host UK Youth Inspire Group project

MK Dons Under-18s hold three events for the Milton Keynes community as a part of their UK Youth ‘Inspire Group’ project…

10 August 2023

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MK Dons Under-18s & MK Dons SET host UK Youth Inspire Group project

MK Dons Under-18s hold three events for the Milton Keynes community as a part of their UK Youth ‘Inspire Group’ project…

10 August 2023

MK Dons Under-18s host three events alongside MK Dons SET with support from Title Partner Suzuki to help the Milton Keynes community as the young Dons take charge in their UK Youth ‘Inspire Group’ project.

The young players, alongside help from the Sport & Education Trust and the Club’s Title Partner Suzuki, hosted their first project recently.
 
This saw a walk and talk event around Stadium MK with people that are experiencing or have experienced Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson’s or Brain Injury.
 
Following their tour around the concourse the Under-18s, who catered the event themselves, then offered and served food and beverages to the group whilst talking to them throughout the afternoon within the MK Dons SET Study Centre.
 
This saw an afternoon full of joy for both the players and participants within the first UK Youth ‘Inspire Group’ project, which will be followed by a further two sessions in due course.


 
When asked about the positive impact that the first event had, MK Dons Under-18’s Captain Charlie Stirland said “We’re all doing this with help from the SET to give back to our community.
 
“From this, the lads and I have learned how to give more back to our community. It’s been a great experience and we’ve learned so much from these people, who unfortunately aren’t as privileged as ourselves.”
 
Kelly Day, MK Dons Sport & Education Trust Head of Inclusion, had this to say when discussing the 'Inspire Project' with iFollow MK Dons: "Working with the Academy and seeing them all pull together for this programme has been brilliant.

"Seeing them work and plan with one another to deliver an event which has had such a postive impact on those who attended is a true testament to their collective hard work."



MK Dons Under-18’s Lead PDP Head Coach John Bitting also shared his thoughts on the UK Youth ‘Inspire Group’ projected that the Academy are participating in:
 
“This session is a part of the project that the boys and us wanted to do so that they can be more involved within the Milton Keynes community. The MK Dons SET have helped set this up, and it’s been a really good learning opportunity away from football for the team.
 
“Part of this project is that they had to take control, they’ve had to organise everything from the catering to the groups and number of staff involved.

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“We’ve been there to guide and facilitate, but the boys have been the ones to collectively organise this event.”
 
Bitting added “The Club is a part of a wider community so having that interaction with so many different people can help the boys to understand the impact they have whilst building that connection.”
 
The UK Youth ‘Inspire Group’ project will consist or two more events, which will include a visit to the Children’s Hospital, as well as the preparation of a food delivery to the Unity Park Station.


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