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Big Ideas is excited to announce No Barriers at Home – a fun interactive project which uses the power of football to inspire us and bring people together, even when we’re not together.

No Barriers at Home is an adaptation of the No Barriers 2020 project, which was running alongside the UEFA EURO 2020 Tournament. The 2020 Tournament was due to take place in 12 cities across Europe, bringing countries together through sport. Although UEFA have delayed the EURO 2020 tournament until next summer, No Barriers at Home continues to celebrate football ‘Champions’ from each of the 12 host cities who have overcome barriers to achieve success on and off the football pitch. 

The champions – past and present – include players who have challenged racism, a player who led his team to win the championship cup, twice, despite having lost an arm in a car crash, and a Holocaust survivor who went on to be a world-renowned coach.

No Barriers at Home celebrates football Champions and diverse cultures, encouraging young people to learn about different places around the globe.

This new project brings the excitement and power of football directly to pupils in their homes. Twice per week,  Big Ideas will issue a PDF pack covering a football Champion, a City Card with fun facts and trivia about their host city, and a worksheet with a weekly #NoBarriersChallenge that students can take part in for a chance to be featured on our website. These packs are supported by videos, so students can complete the work unaided at home. All of these resources are also available in Irish Gaelic

Our first session focuses on London champion Tyrone Mings, a footballer for England who has overcome barriers to become a football champion! You can take part in the Tyrone Mings #NoBarriersChallenge here 

Tyrone Mings

England centre back, Tyrone, was subject to racist abuse from fans in Bulgaria during a Euro 2020 qualifier match

Head to https://www.big-ideas.org/no-barriers-at-home/ to find out more and take part in this exciting new project. You can also sign up for reminders of when each pack goes live: https://www.big-ideas.org/no-barriers-sign-up/

This project was commissioned by the Greater London Authority and the Football Association of Ireland, and is supported by the Mayor of London.