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Academy host families required

Posted: Fri 17 Feb 2017
Blues Academy

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Birmingham City FC are looking for host families to support our elite young players.

Term: Self-employed
Location: Various , accessible for young players via public transport
Salary: To be confirmed dependent upon package taken by host family
Application closing date: Ongoing

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 the club.

Host families would be required to provide homely accommodation throughout the season. The actual accommodation needed is a double bedroom with Wi-Fi connection. Access to public transport and local amenities is desirable. The host families we are looking for would preferably be situated within a five-mile radius of Wast Hills Training Ground, Kings Norton, 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 up 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 credit. The host family will be required to provide some 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, and scholars 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 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. Host's 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.

If you require further information prior to applying please contact Matt Stewart, Academy Logistics Coordinator for further details on 0121 244 1407 or email him at matt.stewart@bcfc.com or apply online here.

BCFC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sectors of the community.