John Barnes

Iconic Liverpool Footballer, Media Personality & Brilliant Speaker Who Was As England's 'Greatest Ever Left-Footed Player' By The Times' Readers



The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism

The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism

How to hire John Barnes

Contact the Champions Speakers Agency to provisionally enquire about hiring John Barnes for your next event, today. To get in touch, simply call an official booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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"I invited John along to speak about his experiences of racism both on and off the pitch. We were pleasantly surprised at how authentic he was about his experiences and how he spoke more widely around discrimination and unconscious bias. Lucy and the team at Champions done a great job in meeting all our requirements and getting this in place for us" - Karim, Schroders Personal Wealth

"John is also a great guy, again extremely funny, personable and made us all think with the content of his keynote speech. He was happy to pose for photos (there were a few ‘swooning’ ladies) with us all and chatted happily with those who wanted to speak to him. We even heard the famous ‘rap’ at the end which the majority of the room filmed on their phones and is now probably somewhere on social media!" - Yvonne, Group Support Manager, Clearsprings Group

"John was great, and in my opinion just what we were looking for and more. He was really thought-provoking and quite provocative at times, he utilised simple analogies to help people truly understand the meaning of unconscious bias... A great inspiring choice- thanks for your help and support in organising. Look forward to organising the next event soon!" - Claire, Alcon Eye Care

"I didn’t get to say bye to John but he was absolutely amazing and I cannot begin to thank him enough!! He got up on the tannoy and did two fantastic raps, he really motivated so many people to give. Thank you so much, John and we will let you know how much you helped us raise. We are sharing the fun of the day on social media but I wanted to send John a huge thank you."- Deutsche Bank

"I asked John if he minded diving straight in, he was more than happy with this and provided a great opening, describing his early years, his family background and how he came to live England. He also echoed much of the philosophy we coach here, which was fantastic as we’d not had a chance to brief him on that, it was all very natural and spontaneous, both myself and Luke Webb were enthusiastically nodding away as he spoke to the audience. During the meal, he went table to table and signed various items for the students and staff." - Private Event

"Later in the evening, we retreated with some staff members to the bar where John was more candid about his career and life experiences, which I personally found fascinating, I think we could have booked him in for a week and still only scratched the surface of his life experiences and thoughts on the game. I’ve suggested a “John Barnes Part II” because of that." - Private Event

"I really appreciated that John devoted so much time to each of our students' questions and you could instantly perceive his passion for football but also the passing on of his knowledge and development of kids, not just in sport but as people. Many of them (who board) were looking forward to Face-timing or Skyping home to tell their parents about it, which was great to see." - Private Event

"Once again a great evening – thanks for your help in arranging everything." - Trevor, Bradfield College

  • 2008 - Won the Caribbean Cup as manager of Jamaica 
  • 2005 - Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame 
  • 1997 - Awarded an MBE 
  • 1995 - Won the League Cup
  • 1992 - Won an FA Cup
  • 1990 - World In Motion, which John rapped on went to number one in the UK charts 
  • 1990 - Won the First Division for a second time 
  • 1990 - Named FWA Player of the Year for a second time
  • 1988 - Named PFA Players' Player of the Year