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Youth Team

Academy Looking For Host Families

18 May 2023

Youth Team

Academy Looking For Host Families

18 May 2023

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

The role of the Host Family is a fundamental part of a young person’s career, as well as their 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. It 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 Head of Academy Player Care Danny Sullivan ( for an informal discussion.


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