3rd September 2021
Saints rightly have a great reputation for nurturing our own young talent with players such as Ali McCann, Zander Clark and Stevie May being just some current examples.
A key element of the development of our young full-time players is ensuring that those whose homes are some distance from Perth have a safe, welcoming, local ‘home from home’ in which to stay as they embark on their career as a professional footballers.
We have been very fortunate to be able to rely on such local ‘host families’ for many years but changes in circumstances and retirals means that Saints are looking for new host families who can provide such accommodation for the 2021/22 season and beyond.
Lodgings should provide a suitable and safe environment with easy access to McDiarmid Park although transport to and from the host home each day will be the responsibility of the Club.
The accommodation should be a room which the young player(s) (typically aged 16-20) will not share with anyone else and is normally for five or six nights a week although for players living further away from home there could be a requirement for seven nights per week.
The host is required to provide high-quality nutritional breakfasts and evening meals with occasional lunches. It must be a non-smoking household.
We are looking for our players to feel that they are living in a ‘home from home’ and our hosts are encouraged to include them in family life. In return, our players are expected to respect and contribute to their host family’s daily way of life.
Both hosts and young players are given guidelines explaining what is expected of each of them.
This role is a hugely important one for the club and can be a very rewarding one for the host family – the players invariably become family friends for life.
Host families receive monthly payments for the facilities and services which they provide as well as the necessary training to ensure that they understand the needs of an elite athlete.
All potential families will be subject to the necessary Disclosure Scotland checks and must provide satisfactory references.
If you are interested or would like any further information, please contact