Academy of Light: Host families


Sunderland AFC’s Academy are looking to recruit host families to support our young players who need to live away from home whilst undertaking their football education.

Host families are required to provide homely accommodation during the season with access to public transport and local amenities desirable, provide an appropriate level of care and adult supervision and be able to cope with the young player’s flexible schedules. The host families we are looking for would be near to, or within reasonable travelling distance, to the Academy of Light.

The club encourage host families to include young players in family life, and in return the players are expected to respect their host family’s way of life. Both hosts families and young players are given guidelines explaining what is expected of each of them, including diet, lifestyle and safeguarding. All our host families are regularly contacted and inspected by Sunderland AFC’s youth development staff.

The 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.

This will be under a professional contractual arrangement and successful applicants (and any additional residents within your home) are required to consent to an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check, alongside two references. Additionally, host families are required to attend FA Safeguarding Training which is renewable every three years. An assessment will take place around the suitability of both accommodation and household.

If you require further information prior to applying or if you feel you could provide a young person aged between 16 and 20 years old with a good standard of personal accommodation and have a spare room within your family home, please contact Don Peattie, Head of Education and Welfare by emailing for further information.


Sunderland AFC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of treating all employees and job applicants equally. Our aim is that all colleagues should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.


Sunderland AFC recognises that the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance within the organisation. Sunderland AFC owes a duty of care to safeguard all children and vulnerable adults involved in activities as organised by the football club. Sunderland AFC will ensure that safety and protection is given to all children and vulnerable adults involved in activities through adherence to the Safeguarding guidelines adopted by the Club.

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