March has been a busy month for Tull100 — Football Remembers with a number of workshops in England and Scotland and the launch of the No Barriers medal challenge.
We held a workshop in Glasgow, organised in partnership with Central and Western Integration Network, to create ideas for the medal for No Barriers medal challenge. We brought together young people from a local primary school with a migrant drop-in centre for an Arts workshop. Award winning designer Lynn McLachlan worked with the children to explore symbolism for medals and the story of Walter Tull. The children’s creations formed the basis of Lynn’s Tull100 No Barriers medal design. The workshop was attended by volunteers and representatives of Rangers F.C. Community Trust.
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Monday 19 March saw the start of the Walter Tull centenary week. The Big Ideas team met with England Football players Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose as well as members of the FA Youth Council at St George’s Park. Together they explored Walter Tull’s story and discussed the barriers they’d faced in their own lives before filming for our new video launching the No Barriers medal challenge.
We held a No Barriers workshop in Northampton, led by Northampton Town Council and Kick it Out. Attendees learnt about Walter Tull’s story and found out how to get involved with the project and earn their No Barriers medal. A few days later, we delivered a workshop with Northampton F.C. Community Trust at Ashton Primary School in Northampton to teach school children about Walter Tull and provide information about the project.
Over the weekend, we were delighted to run a No Barriers event with the FA Leadership Academy. Young leaders from across the County FA’s joined in our workshop which was hosted by FA Apprentice Jourdan Kiwomya with the Big Ideas team. Jourdan took over our social media for the day and shared Academy No Barriers posters. Everyone made the No Barriers boomerang.
We also held an event on 28 March where we met students from Brook House Primary School to have a No Barriers discussion with Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King.
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The No Barriers medal challenge launched on 26 March, the day after the centenary of Walter Tull’s death. Specially-designed No Barriers medals will be available for groups that hold events to mark Walter Tull’s centenary and stand up to discrimination for Tull100. Alongside the No Barriers medal challenge, teams will also be invited to dedicate football matches to Walter Tull, and groups across the country can produce creative responses to his life, including writing and art.