To help you better understand our Homestay Program we have answered the most frequently asked questions below.
This has become a popular part of the U.K. Elite Soccer Camp program. We give families the opportunity to host one (or more) of our coaches for the duration of the camp week. The families and coaches enjoy the cultural exchange experience and the friendships that develop. Many of these friendships can last a lifetime. U.K. Elite Soccer will refund you the full price of camp if you host a coach or coaches for us.
Depending on your registration method the following processes apply:
1. Register online for a U.K. Elite program that offers a homestay option. If you are interested you can log into your parent profile at any time after registration and click on the house icon to apply.
2. Register with the third party (YMCA / recreation Department) and then set up a profile online at U.K. Elite. Click the homestay application link to complete an application.
3. If you are NOT registering for a program but would like to host or have hosted in the past please go to your profile and complete an application indicating a general time frame that you would like or would be able to host.
Once we receive your completed application, you will be put on the list of potential hosts for the specific camp or general time frame you indicated. The week prior to the start of camp, we will contact you and let you know whether or not you will be hosting. If you are selected we will refund you the full cost of camp. This refund will be processed approximately two weeks after the end of the camp week.
We ask that you provide the coaches with a bed, showering facilities, use of laundry facilities, and meals (this may mean breakfast, lunch, and dinner depending on the hours of the camp). Of course, many of our host families enjoy arranging activities for the family to participate in with our coaches, and while this is appreciated and enjoyed by our coaches it is certainly not required.
The coaches will typically arrive on the Sunday evening prior to the start of camp. We ask that you meet them at the fields where the camp is to take place at 8pm Sunday evening. Unless otherwise notified, the coach(es) will stay with you until the following Sunday morning.
No, the coaches have their own transportation and will arrange drop off and pick-up among themselves. Please understand that U.K. Elite Soccer's auto insurance policy does not cover our coaches when driving host family vehicles, nor does it cover transportation of campers or other family members in U.K. Elite Soccer's vehicles at any time.
When you apply to be a host family, you may indicate preferences such as gender, however the assignment of individual coaches to particular camps is not done until the week prior to the start of camp. This is due to not having a final count of campers, and thus coaches required until that time. We will not be able to let you know until then whether or not you will be having a coach stay with you. This is also the reason we require you to register first (so we have an accurate count of campers) and then receive a refund if you are chosen.
During that week prior to camp, you will be contacted by our staff to be told whether you are going to be a host family, and if so, you will be given the information about coach(es) that will be staying with you.
On camp days, the coaches will obviously be very busy on the field. They may also be scheduled to work at an additional camp that week. If you wish to arrange social activities with your family that is much appreciated, but by no means is it required or expected. Please do not make any special plans until you have conferred with the coaches about their work schedule.
Our staff should not make calls from your home and will use a personal phone card or cell phone for any calls they need to make. If you could allow our staff to use your computer to access their personal email, that would be great as they receive most of their information about their schedule and travel arrangements from our office via email. However, please feel free to limit the use of this time to when it is most convenient for your family.
Our staff will all have medical insurance coverage - under NO circumstances should you have to pay for any medical attention your coach may need. If the local doctor does not recognize the medical insurance company name, the coach will have a toll free number which the doctor's office can call to confirm coverage.
You will be reimbursed the full price of camp for multiple children if you host multiple coaches. If you host more coaches than you have children you will receive an additional $150 for each coach hosted.
We suggest you discuss house rules or routines with the coaches as early as possible, e.g. if you would like them to be in at a certain time in the evening, meal times/access to food, use of laundry facilities and/or computer, and your expectations of them during the week. This will help avoid confusion and put everyone at ease.
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