Clara Policella, from R3Location, takes us through some of the challenges football professionals  face when relocating to the UK – with key tips for a smooth transition.

Relocating to the UK: A Guide for Football Professionals

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending my first Soccerex in Amsterdam, where the air was filled with excitement and the buzz of the beautiful game. Amidst the energy, one topic stood out during my conversations: the challenges of relocating to a new country.

Here are some key considerations to ensure a smooth transition.

Finding the Right Home for You

Imagine a friendly neighbourhood with excellent shops and transport links, close to your training ground and stadium. That’s what you need. Look for areas offering a supportive community and easy access to essential amenities. It’s about more than convenience; it’s about finding a home away from home.

Finding a Safe & Private Home in a Complex Market

The UK housing market can be very fast paced. Many opt for real estate agencies, but these often represent the landlord or the seller. At R3Location, we flip the script. We’re here for you, accessing the entire market to find properties that truly fit your needs. Start early. Renting first can be a smart move – it lets you get a feel for the area. Prioritize security and privacy. High-profile individuals need that peace of mind.

Navigating Language Barriers

Learning a new language is challenging but crucial. Enrol in intensive language courses or employ a private tutor and use translation apps for day-to-day tasks.Practice regularly and don’t be afraid of making mistakes – this is the fastest way to improve. Being proactive will help you communicate effectively both on and off the field.

Manage Legal and Administrative Tasks

Visas, work permits, NHS registration, private healthcare, bank accounts, tax obligations—where to start? The UK’s specific requirements and timelines can be tricky. A relocation consultant can be your best ally, ensuring everything is in order, so you don’t have to worry.

Settling-In Services

The first few months in a new country can be challenging. Settling-in services can ease this period by helping you set up utilities and council tax, register with a local GP, and find local clubs and activities for you and your family. These services make your new place feel like home faster, smoothing out the bumps in your transition.

Expert Insights from R3Location

At R3Location, we understand the unique needs of football professionals relocating to the UK. Our services ensure every aspect of your move is handled with care, letting you focus on the things that matter to you. From finding the perfect home to easing you into your new community, we’re with you every step of the way.

For more detailed advice and personalized support, contact Clara Policella at