The staff at MK Dons' Sport and Education Trust are celebrating after a successful year of the Onside for Life programme.

Onside for Life encourages children and their families to learn about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

The free ten-week courses mixes classroom-based learning with walking, running and swimming.

Since launching last July, over 40 families have taken part at Stadium:MK's Playing for Success centre.

Families who successfully complete the course are given match tickets to watch the League 1 club.

Samantha Shailer, 11, took part in the project with her mum and dad.

She said: "Since starting Onside for Life I have lost seven and a half pounds.

"I've changed my eating habits and started to do more exercise. I'm really proud."

She added: "My dad and I now go walking around the lake nearby, and I'm getting quicker each time."

Project co-ordinator Jemma Murray has been impressed by the change of attitudes among the 'Onsiders'.

She said: "Making healthy choices can be a struggle for many families.

"But once people learn about the importance of their lifestyle, they can take small, simple steps to improve their well-being.

"The changes that people have made are fantastic. It makes the programme so rewarding.

"We're all thrilled to have helped local families so far, and look forward to expanding the project over the coming months."

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