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Milton Keynes

The new city of Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing places in the UK. Located between London and Birmingham, it’s the biggest and most successful post-war ‘new town’ and is now home to more than 250,000 people and a thriving economy. Milton Keynes is a world-leader in smart sustainable innovation and green technology.

What to do

Milton Keynes is well known for its green spaces and linear parks, which attract thousands of visitors every year. The grade II listed Centre MK shopping centre houses top brands, while there’s plenty to see and do at the Xscape, Theatre District and MK Gallery. MK Museum can be found on the outskirts of the historic railway town of Wolverton, and the coaching tales of Stony Stratford lie a stone’s throw away.

See Destination MK for more information.

 Milton Keynes largest shopping centre, MK Centre.
Milton Keynes largest shopping centre, MK Centre.Getty Images

Football heritage

The UK’s oldest football stand (once belonging to Wolverton AFC) is in Milton Keynes and the city is the home to MK Dons. Stadium MK was opened in 2007 and hosted Rugby World Cup matches in 2015.

There are 390 registered boys’ and girls’ youth football teams, 72 adult male and female teams and 20 disability teams across the city, the birthplace of England international Dele Alli.

Local legacy

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will provide a springboard for the continued growth of women’s and girls’ football in England. In Milton Keynes the legacy programme aims to:

  • Develop more competitive and recreational opportunities for girls aged 5 to 11 to play football.
  • Increase the number of schools delivering girls’ football inside and outside the curriculum through Girls’ Football School Partnerships.
  • Create more varied and accessible playing, coaching and refereeing opportunities to engage more women and girls, focusing on under-represented communities.

All leading to:

  • Double the number of FA-qualified female coaches and referees.
  • An inclusive football offer, with a minimum of 26% of participants, coaches and referees from ethnically-diverse communities.
  • Establish 22 new female-friendly school-club links by 2024.