Girls Academy Host Family

Term:                                                       Self Employed

Location:                                                Within a 2 mile radius of Solihull College, B91 1SB            

Application closing date:       Ongoing

We are currently seeking host family providers, couples or singles, to support our elite young players from our Women’s Super League Academy who need to live away from home to undertake their football training at our club.

Host families would be required to provide homely accommodation throughout the season.  The actual accommodation needed is a double bedroom with WIFI connection.  Access to public transport and local amenities is desirable. The host families we are looking for would preferably be situated within a three-mile radius of Solihull and/or within reasonable travelling distance by bus or train.

Our placements vary from short-term to long term, with some specialist accommodation, offering short notice limited accommodation for trialists and their families, or holiday cover for other host families.

Host families would be required to guide our young players by teaching them basic independent living skills such as washing, cooking, cleaning after themselves alongside self-care skills, for example, how to book medical appointments. The host family will be required to provide meals in line with the basic nutrition guide provided by the Academy.

Hosts are encouraged to include young players in family life, and players are expected to respect their host family’s way of life in return for being accepted as a family member. Both hosts and young players are given guidelines explaining what is expected of each of them. All our host families are regularly visited and inspected by us. Additionally, they formally undertake to protect and care for the young players in their charge.

The Football Club is committed to equal opportunities as well as safeguarding, promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Any applicant wishing to be considered as a host family will need to demonstrate they are able to share this commitment.

As part of this commitment, Host Families are required to attend Safeguard Training every three years which is delivered by the Football Association/Football League.  Hosts family members and any other persons over the age of 16 who reside at the address, are legally required to complete enhanced DBS checks, subscribe to the DBS Update Service on an annual basis and to authorise the Club to obtain a medical report from their GP.  Fees for checks will be reimbursed.

Only applicants that demonstrate within their application that they meet the above criteria will be considered for the role.

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.

Birmingham City Football Club promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment, and we welcome applications from all individuals in society. If you have any particular requirements or need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment or interview process, please mention this in your application.

We would also be grateful if you could take the time to complete our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Survey using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/ymR2zBpuNf. The survey will take approximately 1 minute to complete, is completely voluntary and you can respond with “prefer not to say” to any questions that you do not feel comfortable in answering. All responses will remain anonymous and we will use the information collected to review our recruitment processes and ensure we continue to encourage a diverse and inclusive working environment.