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MK Dons SET Inclusion teams end season on a high

MK Dons SET teams lift four out of the six available trophies on the final day...

9 June 2023

MK Dons SET Inclusion teams rounded off their 2023/24 season in style, lifting four out of the six available trophies on the final day.

Over 1,000 players competed in Oxford across all age groups, with the Dons entering 10 squads. The 100 Inclusion players proudly represented MK Dons, with support from the Club's Principal Partner Suzuki GB and overcame the hot weather to complete the Dons' best season since Lockdown.

The Under-14s, Under-16s, the MK Dons Panthers and the MK Dons Warriors were the winners on the Day, bringing home trophies to Stadium MK.

The Under-14s, who have grown from strength to strength in their first ever season, with a 2-0 win in the Final. The Under-16s, meanwhile, have enjoyed a strong season, sitting at the top of the league since December and they extended their lead at the top of the table to 34 points with an unbeaten Final's Day tournament.

For the first time in eight years, the MK Dons Panthers won League Two courtesy of a 1-0 Final's Day win. The result summarised the season, with the team defending strongly - the Panthers only conceded two goals all season.

The 2022/23 campaign can be seen as one which broke down many barriers to allow players to have a safe place to participate and play football.

MK Dons SET Inclusion football have dedicated coaches, 80% of which are volunteers, who dedicate their time to play and coach for 50 weeks per year. The continued support and sponsorship from Suzuki GB has allowed Inclusion football to grow through dedicating hours and volunteers as well as kit for players.

MK Dons SET Head of Inclusion Kelly Day summarised: “It’s been an amazing year for inclusion football, with a 30% increase in numbers, we are growing from strength to strength and we can look forward to expanding over the coming year.

"I couldn’t do without the continued support and commitment of all coaches, continued support from MK Dons and the MK Dons SET for allowing me to keep my promise to never see anyone be told there is no place for the in football”

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