Host Families Required for Nottingham Forest

West Bridgford Colts families are required to host Young Forest stars of the future.

Nottingham Forest Football Club is looking for family homes that could accommodate Young Players from their Club, who need to live away from home to undertake training at their Club.

Nottingham Forest is committed to Equal Opportunities as well as safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young children and people. Any applicant wishing to be considered as a Host Family will need to demonstrate they are able to share this commitment.

The Host Families would ideally be situated in the following areas – Edwalton, Gamston, Ruddington, West Bridgford or Wilford for ease of access to the Football Club. Access to public transport and local amenities is desirable.

Placements vary from short-term to long-term, with some specialist accommodation, offering short notice limited accommodation for Trialists or holiday cover for other Host Families.

If you are interested in applying to provide a caring ‘home from home’, then please be aware that this position is subject to a satisfactory enhanced criminal records check (e.g. DBS) and that all those aged sixteen and above, who are resident in the accommodation, will be expected to apply for an enhanced check immediately and every three years thereafter.

All applicants will be required to undergo a full assessment with Nottingham Forest Football Club staff before consideration can be made as to suitability. Those intending to host children under the age of 16 will be required to work within the requirements of Private Fostering Regulations.

A monthly fee is payable to the Host Family for the duration of the placement.

Obviously, anyone from West Bridgford Colts who responds to the advert / expresses an interest in becoming a Host Family will be invited to the Nottingham Forest Football Club to learn more about being a Host Family as part of the process.  The club provide sample codes of conduct, FAQs, informal training, tips, advice from experienced host families etc.

If you live in one of these areas and are interested in applying, please contact Jenni Short (HR & Academy Liaison Officer) by email jenni.short@nottinghamforest.co.uk or telephone 0115 982 4310.

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically when would this start and end..is it over the course of a football season?

Yes, typically July – May to cover pre-season and the competitive season.

Would the individuals be with the host family all week and weekends?

Yes, week nights and weekends, although many boys will choose to go ‘home’ when they get time off each week, typically one or two days per week. They will also get breaks throughout the year of 3-4 days at a time, where they will return home to see family.

What hours would the guest typically spend “at work” with Forest and not at work and therefore potentially at the host’s house?

The U21 squad predominantly train /play over five days per week (approx.. 8 am – 5pm), with one day rest / recovery in the week (e.g. Tuesday) and one at the weekend (e.g. Saturday). Obviously these times can vary on occasion (e.g. fixtures, injury etc.).

In a typical week what would be expected, regarding food, laundry etc?

The boys would require access to laundry facilities and provision for breakfast and an evening meal.

I assume that any nationality would be considered?

Yes, we have boys from across Europe but predominantly from the UK.

What would the average age be? Can a host family specify an age of guest?

Yes, certainly. The host families are used predominantly for boys aged 18 – 20 years.

What sort of fee are we talking about please?

£115 per week.