Teens all fired up

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Dozens of teenagers pitched their ideas for a better future when the city stadium turned into Dragon’s Den for the day.

The young people faced ‘dragons’ including council leader Peter Marland and parliamentary candidate Andrew Pakes (both pictured), to present their suggestions for improving their communities.

Run by MK Dons Sport and Education, the event was part of the National Citizen Service summer programme.

The ideas pitched included volunteering to regenerate city underpasses, art projects for MacIntyre charity and community fun days to raise funds for good causes.

“The team of young people were grilled by the dragon, who scrutinised them on their marketing and management skills as well as their budget and time-management abilities,” said a spokesman.

The projects will now be delivered over the remainder of the summer holidays.

Councillor Marland said: “This is one of the best things I have done since becoming the leader of the council. It is fantastic to see young people so engaged and have a real drive and determination to make their community better.

“I have pledged the council’s help in order for them to carry out their projects and I’m looking forward to seeing the results and the benefit they will have on the community.”

MK Dons SET education director Angela Novell told the Citizen: “It’s wonderful to see the creativity and drive the teams demonstrated in their plans.”

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a programme delivered in partnership with MK Dons SET and the Football League. Run three times a year, it is open for any young person aged 16 or 17.