Arsenal in the Community is delighted to announce that applications for its Gap Year programme are now open. 

This voluntary programme lasts from 8 to 12 months during which participants will gain skills in football coaching and experience in local schools as well as the opportunity to coach abroad at an Arsenal Soccer School or charity project. Successful applicants on last year's programme were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach youngsters in Mozambique.

Arsenal's next Gap Year internship will start in September 2011. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is 31st March 2011.

The course is split into three parts:

Part 1
Interns will spend four months based in London at Emirates Stadium and local schools during which time participants will gain qualifications and work experience with the Club's extensive community programme, gaining experience in football coaching and classroom teaching (literacy, numeracy and basic ICT through Arsenal's award-winning education initiative, the Arsenal Double Club), as well as first aid and safeguarding courses.

Part 2
Part 2 gives the interns the opportunity to coach with a range of our Soccer Schools and community partners both locally and abroad.

Part 3
Part 3 provides the interns with a further opportunity to work abroad, with the focus on working with our Community Partners in countries such as Kenya, Barbados, Mozambique and Israel.

The Cost of the programme is £750 which includes a £250 returnable deposit. You will also be required to pay for your own flights abroad.

You will receive as part of the package:

  • FA Level 1 coaching badge
  • First aid training
  • TEFL
  • Child protection
  • Referee course
  • AFC training kit
  • 2 to 3 AFC training sessions each week

Download the Arsenal Gap Year Programme 2011 PDF - Click here

This is an exceptional way to spend 6 to 12 months, offering an opportunity to gain great coaching experience and make a huge difference to community projects both here and abroad. If participants do not live near north London, joining the scheme could prove costly. All candidates are asked to consider this carefully as Arsenal in the Community cannot provide or source accommodation.

Successful candidates will need to demonstrate a willingness to learn and a responsible attitude. Ideally candidates will have some experience of working with children or in schools and some experience of coaching football. The ability to demonstrate basic football techniques is a requirement. 

A previous ‘Gapper' commented on his Gap Year experience: 

"From the moment we arrived our time has been nothing short of amazing. The first thing you notice is how friendly and welcoming the people are. Everyone's really helped us to settle in. We have even been given the opportunity to take our own sessions which has provided us with invaluable coaching experience."

If you are interested in finding out more about you can get involved or have any further queries, please contact John Olaleye at

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Gap Year Students teach in Mozambique

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5 Apr 2011