Boys Academy Host Families

Term:                                            Self Employed

Location:                                      Within a 3 mile radius of Wast Hills Training Ground, B38 9EJ

Salary:                                          Dependent on number of players and nights per week

We are currently seeking host family providers, couples or singles, to support our elite young players who need to live away from home to undertake their football training at our club. Players may range from 15 to 21.

Host families would be required to provide homely accommodation throughout the season.  Players would require their own double bedroom. Access to public transport and local amenities is desirable.

Our placements vary from short term one-night stays to longer term 5-7 nights week. We are recruiting for families who can offer either or both of these types of placements.

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. Young players are also paid a ‘wage’ so may also require guidance on saving and budgeting especially for items such as mobile phone bills or car insurance. The host family will be required to provide meals (dependent upon the Academy schedule) in line with the basic nutrition guide provided by the Academy.

Hosts are encouraged to include young players in family life as much as the player feels comfortable. 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. Training is provided and annually refreshed.

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.