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Club Seeking Accommodation Providers for Young Players

5 January 2022

Rochdale Football Club is looking for local families to provide a safe, warm and comfortable environment for their 16–18-year-old apprentices who have moved away from home to pursue a potential career in professional football.

The role of the Host Family is a fundamental part of the young person’s Career, Educational, Social and Emotional Development, both on and off the football pitch. By providing a spacious and private bedroom, clean and hygienic washing facilities, rounded and healthy meals, regular clean, fresh laundry and a good level of modern communication and leisure amenities, you will be a major part of the young people’s lives whether they make a career in football or not.

The role is all year round and runs from the last week in June until the middle of May, and is usually five nights a week as players will usually go home on Saturday afternoons/evenings depending on whether the first team are at home, and if their family home is in reasonable travelling distance. 

Payment for the agreed contract will be £22.00 per day per apprentice (it is usually good practice, and financially beneficial, for a minimum of two apprentices to be housed together).

All accommodation must be a NON-SMOKING. Pets are welcome.   

Each member over 18 within the household will require an enhanced DBS check before a player can be placed with them. The club will pay for and facilitate this process.

Full training and support will be given around safeguarding and there is a rolling free training programme available to host families.

Regular visits and supervision are part of the package for Host families.

If you feel you could offer this important and rewarding service, please contact Roy Thickett for an informal discussion.

Roy Thickett, Head Academy Safeguarding & Player Care - Email:

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