Host Family

  • Charlton Athletic Football Club
  • Remote
  • 15 Feb, 2024
Volunteer Academy

Job Description

Position: Host Family​

Location: Within 3 miles (15 minutes), easy access to Academy Training Ground, SE9 2JR

About Us:

Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Charlton, south-east London. The club was founded on June 9th, 1905 and has a very storied history from rising to the top-flight of English Football in the 1930s (First Division) and again in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, to winning the FA Cup in 1947 and to leaving their Valley home in the mid-1980s only to make an impassioned return in 1992. Historically, the women's team played under Charlton Athletic from 2000 to 2007 but were released to become an independently run team in 2007 following the men's team's relegation from the Premier League.

The women's team were originally formed as a non-professional team in 1991 and were highly successful in the early 2000s winning The FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Charity Shield, as well as coming runners-up in the top division in multiple seasons. In February 2021, the club acquired the Charlton Athletic Women's team, turning the team full-time professional, and integrating them to become one club again.

Currently, our men's first team competes in League One, the third tier of English football, and our women's team competes in the Women’s Championship, the second highest division of women's football in England. At Charlton, we are ‘one club’ and can be truly described as a ‘family club’.

Role Description:

Charlton Athletic FC Academy are seeking special family homes to provide care and accommodation for our talented young academy players aged between 16 and 20 years of age. Many need to live away from home to undertake training at our Sparrows Lane Training Ground. Therefore, we are looking for host families within close proximity of our Training Ground; (Eltham, Lee, Mottingham, Sidcup, Chislehurst, Blackheath, Welling, Bexley).

Host Families will agree to one-year agreement, on an annual rolling basis and will receive a competitive rate of pay. We are also extremely interested in receiving applications from those willing and suitable to provide accommodation on a casual basis in order to accommodate temporary trialist players.

We pride ourselves on providing the highest standards for our academy, which gives our talented young players a chance to thrive and develop their futures. For this role, Charlton Athletic Academy are seeking people who possess empathetic and caring qualities, excellent interpersonal and communication skills; people who can remain non-judgmental, inclusive, and respectful towards all individuals whilst remaining calm and patient when responding to children and young people.


Key Responsibilities:

• The provision of high-quality standards of care and accommodation

• Emotional and physical support, aimed at encouraging the full potential of each young person

• Ensuring that our young people are kept safe from harm and abuse

• Working with the club and those with parental responsibility to promote wellbeing and speak up, where required

• To work alongside academy staff in evaluating the impact of the care and accommodation provision on you and your family

• Developing skills required for the role and to complete a mandatory care and

accommodation training framework as required.


• Must have a spare room

• Be over the age of 21

• Have British citizenship or indefinite leave to remain in the UK

• Meet our DBS requirements

• Meet the suitability criteria

Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK;
  • Charlton Athletic FC is committed to following relevant health & safety regulations and all members of staff are expected to be fully aware and adhere to, at all times, the Club’s H&S and fire safety procedures;
  • Charlton Athletic Football Club are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment;
  • CAFC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, color, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

Note: Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive we regret that we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants.

To Apply: Please send a copy of your CV as well as a covering letter explaining why you want to apply for this placement to: ​​