Arsenal in the Community's annual internship project continues to go from strength to strength and has expanded this year, with an increased intake catering for up to 30 places.

This includes a summer programme aimed at university students wanting a unique experience abroad. This year the Club has Gappers based in Barbados, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya and Uganda, who are all making positive contributions to local communities. 

Applications for the 2012/13 programme are now open with the deadline set for Friday May 25, 2012. The course is split into three parts, with those accepted on the course beginning their adventure on Monday  August 6 2012. If you would like to find out more about Arsenal’s Gap Year Internship Programme, contact John Olaleye via email at

To give you a flavour of some of the projects currently going on, brings you the latest diary from one of our students. Adam is currently working on the scheme out in New Delhi, India, gaining skills in football coaching and experience in local schools.

Here is the latest news from his travels:

“After our FIFAPizza the weekend was soon upon us. After Ali’s mum flew home on Friday our attention turned to the second big event of the week, the Arsenal ‘Be a Gunner, Be a Runner’ fun run we were holding at the IYSA (India Youth Soccer Association) ground.

"Rather than run it as a mini-marathon with each participant running the 6k distance we decided to stage a relay race, with 18 people from each of the four league teams (including two coaches per team) running a lap of the IYSA ground (about 250/300) metres each. The under-16s would run two.

"Despite some fears about turnout early in the week, the event was a big success with the numbers working out perfectly and everyone having a good time. The run also saw some heroic performances from a number of the kids, especially the under-11s who completed the course running some spectacular laps. Nathan is one of the smallest guys in the programme but received the baton in third before winning comfortably.

"The stars of the under-14 race were the powerhouse middle order of the yellow team, Juvraj, and the two Prakash’s whose performance in the key seven, eight and nine roles were the foundation of the Lightning Strikers’ eventual victory. Morwin also deserves credit for his performance in what was by then an already lost Eleven Aces cause.

"The Lightning Strikers’ victory was seen home by the excellent under-16 pair Munjeet and Mohit, whose nonchalant, smooth and quick laps made a mockery of the struggles of the coaches! Our laps came in the (theoretically) crucial 15th position, although by the time I was handed the baton it was already a two-horse race between my team, Ten Hurricanes and the leading Lightning Strikers. Eleven Aces and Ali’s Serious Cyclones having already been ‘lapped’ by that point!

"After a sterling lap by Raju which left us about 30 metres behind, I set off attempting to reel in Sanjeev (Mr Bhalla to you) who was already about 20 metres ahead. After a good start I started to reel him in on the back straight and was confident of at least drawing level before the changeover. However, this optimism was soon made to look ridiculously misplaced when on the last corner I hit ‘the wall’; one about as big as the one in China.

"This meant the heroic sprint finish to overtake Mr. Bhalla that I had envisaged collapsed into a desperate shambles to cross the line and get the baton as far away from me as possible, which isn’t actually very far on quite a small, round track. Despite a poor final 15 metres I was pretty pleased with my lap, which left our team in with a shout until the end but just unable to overhaul the jet-powered duo of the yellow team.

"Ali, receiving the baton just before I gave mine in, may well have run the fastest lap of the day in order to make sure his team avoided the ignominy of a last placed finish!

"Anyway, most importantly everybody seemed to enjoy the day with the kids constantly chanting and shouting encouragement throughout the race. They very excited that they were participating in an Arsenal event that was taking place all around the world!”

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2 May 2012