Milton Keynes Celebrates Our Sporting Life
From egg and spoon to the Olympics, Milton Keynes
celebrates Our Sporting Life
Britain's Olympic Year gets off to an inspiring start this month
with the opening of a special exhibition celebrating Milton Keynes'
contribution to the nation's sporting life.
Alongside those athletic greats who've helped put MK on
the sporting map the show features memorabilia, stories and
film from the local people, schools, clubs and venues that make up
our sporting grassroots.
Milton Keynes is one of only 100 venues to be hosting an
Our Sporting Life exhibition - which also includes
fascinating footage and stories documenting the history of the
Olympics and its UK connections.
Led by Milton Keynes Council in partnership with MK Dons Sports
and Education Trust, Badminton England, National Badminton Museum,
Living Archive and Milton Keynes Museum, Our Sporting Life
runs from January 23 to April 30 in the foyer and Pitchside Bar of
the stadiummk Hotel - and is free of
Chance for public to share their sporting
"This is a chance for local people to see just how important
sport has been in our lives both past and present, and get a real
sense too of Milton Keynes' significance on the national and
international sporting stage," explained Cheryl Butler, Our
Sporting Life Project Co-ordinator Cheryl Butler.
"We're also hoping visitors will be inspired to look in their
cupboards and attics and share with us their stories and
memorabilia so that through Milton Keynes Museum we can build on
his brilliant collection."
Highlights of Our Sporting Life Milton Keynes
include the chance to get up close and personal to the nose cone
and wing of a Red Bull formula one car; and to that famous
Grandstand camera trophy. The one on display was awarded to
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 's unsung hero of 2009 -
local swimming teacher Doreen Adcock.
Blasts from the past
But visitors of all ages are likely to find some of the less
familiar items just as fascinating. For a generation divided by the
Vuvuzela at the 2010 football World Cup there's its equally noisy
predecessor - a wooden football rattle from the 1960s. Badminton
fans can trace the roots of their sport through a couple of
shuttlecocks from the 1920s. While today's Speedo-wearing
swimmers can feel grateful they don't have to grapple with the
impractical turn-of-the-century swimwear on display .
There'll also be those who recognise faces filmed running the
mum's egg and spoon race at a Newport Pagnell school sports day in
Added Pete Winkelman, MK Dons Chairman: "At MK Dons we are
proud to be a part of an area that has such a rich sporting
heritage; one that we and all those who love sport in all its
shapes and forms are constantly adding to. Milton Keynes' prowess
in many Xtreme sports reflects our modern city and as well as top
class football we can proudly boast of being home to the Red Bull
Racing Formula 1 team and Badminton England, Premier basketball and
ice hockey, as well as a wealth of grassroots clubs and sporting
"What better way to bring the excitement of this Olympic year
close to home than to come and see the huge part sport plays in our
lives and our local history?"
Notes to editors:
- 1. Our Sporting Life opens with a VIP launch at the Doubletree
Hilton, stadiumMK on 23 January, 4pm. Contact for media enquiries
Jane Matthews 07791065362.
- 2. Our Sporting Life is supported by the Sports Heritage
Network. Visit www.oursportinglife.co.uk
Similarpicture captions: the triumphant Red Bull team bring it
home to Milton Keynes, image courtesy of Red Bull Racing and Getty
Images; Unsung hero Doreen Adcock's BBC and other awards and
memorabilia; Exhibition co-ordinator Cheryl Butler looks through a
scrapbook kindly loaned by unsung hero Doreen Adcock.
- 4. The project has been made possible thanks to funding from
Heritage Lottery Fund through its Your Heritage programme, Museums,
Libraries, Archives Council (MLA) through its Innovation and
Renaissance programmes, the Council and its partners and support
from the Sports Heritage Network, which comprises all the UK's
major sports museums and archives.