Boys Academy Host Families

  • Birmingham City FC
  • Remote (Preferably within a 3-mile radius of Wast Hills Training Ground, B38 9EJ)
  • 17 Mar, 2023
Contractor EFL Hospitality

Job Description

Term:                   Self Employed

Location:             Preferably within a 3-mile radius of Wast Hills Training Ground, B38 9EJ

Rate:                     Dependent on number of players and nights per week​

We are currently seeking host family providers to support some of our elite young players, while they live away from home to undertake football training at our club. Host families may be of any structure, including single person homes. Players ages will range from 16 to 21 years.

Host families would be required to provide comfortable accommodation, including a double bedroom to our young players.  ​Access to public transport and local amenities is desirable.

Our placements vary from short term 1 night stays to longer term 5 to 7 nights per week. We are recruiting for families who can offer either or both of these types of placements.

Host families would be asked to provide guidance to our young players in basic independent living skills, such as washing, cooking, maintaining a clean environment and personal administration.  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 advice and guidance on expectations and boundaries.  All our host families are regularly visited and inspected by us. Training is provided and annually refreshed.

Importantly, host families 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.

This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Only applicants that meet the above criteria will be considered for the posts. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer.   We promote a diverse and inclusive working environment, and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. If you have any particular requirements or need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process for these self employed roles, please do let us know. 

We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Survey using the following link: 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.