Introduction to the Whitecaps FC Billeting Program
Part of being selected to join the Residency Program requires sacrifices. For many it means moving away from home for the first time, some as young as 14 years old (grade 9).
Billeting is when a local family welcomes a visiting player into their home. The family offers a safe, supportive environment that provides stability for the player, allowing him to focus his efforts on his academic and athletic achievement. The family that provides this home base for the player is called the host family. Players would be staying with the family for the majority of the year while attending school and training daily (mid-August to end of June). If a good fit for a player is found, a host family may have the same player living with them for up to 5 years until they graduate from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency Program.
Billet families are considered part of the Whitecaps team; without them the team would not be a success.
Billeting can be a wonderful opportunity to build a lasting relationship with a talented and dedicated young athlete. It allows you to learn about the game of soccer from the perspective of the player and his unique position on the team. It offers you an inimitable opportunity to see someone grow in confidence and ability over a very short period of time. Players can act as great role models for young family member to show what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Many families who have billeted in the past stay in touch with players and follow their careers as they move to higher levels of play either within the Vancouver Whitecaps FC organization or throughout professional clubs worldwide.
All potential billet parents must undergo an in-house interview and complete a criminal record check. At such time, the billet coordinator will receive a tour do the home and inspect a prospective player's room. All potential billet parents must meet the high standards as set out by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Billet families are considered part of the Whitecaps team, without them the team would not be a success.
When a family volunteers to host a player they agree to provide room and board. Ideally, candidates will be able to host two players at a time. Billet Hosts must be able to provide the player with his own room where they can have their privacy and a quiet place to study. Bedrooms must include a suitable bed (double or larger), a desk for studying and a dresser and/or closet for personal items in addition to a bathroom on the same floor. Players will also need easy access laundry, internet and television.
Hosting a player also includes providing nutritious food and healthy snacks. Soccer is a high intensity sport with stringent training both on and off the field including both aerobic and strength training. These players will be participating in competitive training multiple times a day, every day. Consequently, these players require more food than the average teenager. As a family, you would follow your normal routine for mealtime; however regular meals enjoyed together at set times is the preferred practice. All daily transportation will be provided by the club. The club will also work will also work with the parents and school to provide any academic support needed. All selected host families will receive a “Billet handbook” to help guide them as well as regular interactions with Whitecaps staff.
These boys are all young and in need of rules, guidance, friendship and your acceptance. Having a soccer player in your home takes time, patience and a willingness to share. But the rewards you receive far outweigh the amount of effort required.
- In order to become a billet host you must complete the Billet Host Application Form. Click here for the online application form.
- We will only be contacting selected applicants to set up an in-house meeting with staff.
- After the in-house meeting you will be required to submit a criminal record check for all residents in the home over the age of 19 years.
- Once all record checks have been received you will go on our “available list” and will be contacted when there is a suitable player available.