The Arsenal Gap Year offers an exciting opportunity to get involved in soccer schools and community projects with Arsenal in the Community, both in London and abroad with international partners. The programme provides an incredible chance to go behind the scenes of major football club and contribute to many of Arsenal’s projects in the community.

If you’re looking for an exciting way to develop as a coach, travel to work abroad and use your skills to help local communities, then the Arsenal Gap Year could be for you. Over the course of the year you will have the opportunity to gain skills, qualifications and experience using football to benefit local projects both here in the UK and at various destinations around the world.  

Since the programme began our ‘Gappers’ have made a real difference to young people across the globe at destinations in the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and throughout Africa. 

Whether you are considering a gap year before or after higher education, or even a career break, you are welcome to apply for the Arsenal Gap Year. Applicants simply need to be over 18 years of age (17 if you are from Scotland or the Republic of Ireland). There is no maximum age.

The programme is split into three stages:

Stage 1  is based in London and provides training and development opportunities for our ‘Gappers’ including coaching qualifications, First Aid, Safeguarding and TEFL courses. ‘Gappers’ are then placed within PE departments in local schools, as well as local football projects to provide a broad experience of coaching within the community.

Stage 2 gives our ‘Gappers' opportunities to coach within a wide range of community programmes and Soccer Schools either at home or abroad with one of our international partners.

Stage 3 provides the chance for a second placement, either overseas or in the UK, to ensure that our ‘Gappers’ have the opportunity to fully develop their skills and reach their full potential during their time with the club.

To download the Arsenal Gap Year information pack click here.

To download an application form click here

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24 Jun 2015