2020 is an exciting year for Milton Keynes, as we enter this new decade and celebrate the city’s 53rd birthday, we have also been named the designated European City of Sport.
This prestigious accolade will drive participation, enjoyment and motivation for people to get involved in more sports and activities this year across the city.
Alongside this, MK Council are asking people to pledge #MK20for20; encouraging people to complete 20 activities throughout the year that they otherwise might not have thought of doing.
This initiative has encouraged people to get involved and really think about how they can boost their physical activity this year; which got us to thinking how we, as a community foundation, can help encourage participation in activities across the city.
This led to us shining a spotlight on 20 different organisations we have supported previously that are helping to encourage physical activity across the city.
Who knows, some of these could even help or inspire you to achieve your #MK20in20?
1) We Love Wolverton
We’ve supported We Love Wolverton to fund monthly Zumba and music parties for all ages, for one year in the Wolverton community. These events aim to promote socialising, creativity and aerobic exercise in the community.
2) Milton Keynes Rowing Club
With funding from MK Community Foundation, the club were able to fund a pontoon for launching the rowing boats onto the water.
If you want to try out a new sport or rediscover the enjoyment of rowing and sculling, head over to their website to find out more.
3) Rebellion Roller Derby
What a way to start 2020 as we mean to go on with this fast-paced, high-adrenaline craze on roller skates?
We’ve helped fund a beginner skating and roller derby programme for 12 weeks in 2019 and a further 12 week in 2020. With roller derby enjoying quite revival in recent years, and Rebellion fast rising in the European leagues, there’s no time like now to check out their amazing game.
4) Milton Keynes BMX Racing Club
One of the country’s most established BMX clubs, MK BMX Racing Club has been producing champions since 1984.
With funds from the Foundation, ‘Team Revolution’ will enable the young members of the club to compete in national races. Great community fun and future BMX stars – what a winning combo!
5) MK Table Tennis Centre
Table tennis makes a fun fitness activity for all abilites to enjoy so why not give it a go?
In 2019, we part funded the purchase of an onsite defibrillator to be available in emergencies making the game even safer.
6) Newport Pagnell Town Panthers FC
One of the best and most accessible ways to get into a new sport is to join a local football club; we are proud to have supported Newport Pagnell Town Panthers FC for the purchase of a defibrillator, which will be of great benefit to not only the club but the community, and is an important safety measure as there are so many people that attend the games.
7) MK City Volleyball Club
With young people going into different sports across MK, it’s easy to see why our city is named the European City of Sport for 2020. Volleyball is no exception. MK City Volleyball Club aims to bring more people into the sport.
We helped them fund a project to raise volleyball awareness and provide an opportunity for young people aged 6-17 to get involved in playing the game.
In July 2019, we helped MÓTUS, a local charity, fund a 10-week festival/dance programme across Milton Keynes. ‘JOURNEYS’ engages and explores the themes of journeys and has been designed to engage people of all ages and abilities, with dance and how the concept of journeys relates to their own story.
9) All People Active CIC
In 2019 we supported All People Active CIC to deliver the ‘Us Girls Get Active’ programme that aims to empower young women who have perhaps faced challenging circumstances, to be more active and healthier while also improving their confidence and self-esteem.
10) The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
There’s no denying the benefit of outdoor activities to physical health and mental wellbeing. Last year, we helped TCV deliver free weekly sessions of outdoor activities around habitat management and creation to improve health and wellbeing at the intu MK Green Gym.
11) Tri-MK Milton Keynes Triathlon Club
“Finish lines not finish times” is Tri-MK’s motto, and with such positive attitude they make training and racing hard feel like fun, We’ve helped them fund the training for volunteers to become qualified coaches. Tri-MK currently coach around 20 young athletes each week. The club creates a positive change in the young athletes who participate.
12) Pagrav Dance Company
Dance is a unique discipline which brings together fitness and music to create art. Pagrav Dance Company established in 2005 is not only committed to promote Indian kathak dance but also nurturing the next generation by providing a supportive platform for emerging dancers.
We’ve helped fund two days of workshops in three schools and two Asian community groups for young people to have access to learn skills in design, choreography, set design and dance. The aim of the workshops is to offer more accessible opportunities for people.
13) Great Holm Group Riding for the Disabled
Riding for the Disabled aims to enrich the lives of disabled children and adults through fun activities like horse riding, carriage driving as well as therapy, fitness and skills development,
We’ve helped Great Holm Group Riding for the Disabled fund the accommodation for six disabled riders to have a riding holiday in Wales. The holiday gives a chance for all of the participants to boost their confidence and improve their riding skills.
14) Broughton Cycling Group
A unique cycling group for riders of all ages, abilities and backgrounds from across Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, BCG have helped community members get into cyling since 2013..
Last year, we helped them fund a family fun day to support this year’s cycling sportive event to help bring together local communities to support the group and allow the opportunity to engage with other local groups.
15) Waterhall Stars Football Club
Whether you think football is the greatest game or not, there’s no denying most boys enjoy a good kick-about and great camaraderie in a youth football club such as Waterhall Stars Football Club.
We helped them fund three months of grounds hire, so that children from Bletchley can play football. The football club offers an opportunity for the children from the local areas to be part of a team and to socialise.
16) Creative Ways Taekwondo
This Milton Keynes based not-for-profit aims to ensure community members get the best possible opportunities to learn taekwando. We’ve helped fund 200 World Taekwondo Federation approved foam mats to make up 2 sparring rings, so that members can train in a better environment. This will help people who wish to train to compete at various events.
17) InspireAll (formerly known as Hertsmere Leisure)
InspireAll strives to get the community in Herts and Bucks get active and fulfil their potential. In a bid to help them, we’ve supported them with funding
the costs for various activities for children who have arrived in Milton Keynes through the social care system. The aim is to create a safe space where the children can feel a sense of community and socialise.
18) Ouse Valley Eagles American Football Club
A British American Football team based in Bedford, Ouse Valley Eagles encourages people of all ages to try the sport in a fun and friendly environment. We’ve worked with them to provide funding for 20 weeks of American Football sessions per season over the course of five yearsfor children aged 14-16 in Milton Keynes and aims to get more people involved in playing American Football. Interested in taking up a new sport in 2020? Now’s your
19) Milton Keynes Victors Amateur Boxing Club
Established in 2005, MK Victors ABC provide training for people aged 11-28 who are interested in taking up boxing. With a proactive approach to social inclusion, equality and diversity, they aim to promote the involvement of women and ethnic minorities in boxing. We’ve helped fund Saturday morning sessions in Bletchley, providing an early intervention for children aged 5-11, to help reduce anti-social behaviour. The sport acts as a tool for crime prevention and would ultimately impact the anti-social behaviour within the area.
20) British Basketball Booster Community Group
Basketball is a fantastic way for people to up their physical activity and learning how to work together as a team. We funded British Basketball Booster Community Group for training for young people at the Bletchley and Chaffron Way campuses at MK College, with the aim to create opportunities for young people of all ages and social groups to access physical activities.
Let us know what your pledges are by joining in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MK20in20 and tag us @mkcomfoundation on Twitter and @activemk on Facebookto let us know how you are getting involved in sports and activities locally.