Gap Year Programme

Gap Year students

Gap Year students


Arsenal's next Gap Year Programme will start in September 2007. The deadline for applications is 31st July.

From September to December (Part I) you will be coaching in local schools and Community groups in London. After December it's off on your GAP year 4 month project in the New Year (Part 2). The programme is similar for a January start date.

Part 1 is 4 months based in London at Emirates Stadium and local schools during which time you will gain qualifications and work experience with our Community Programme in football coaching and classroom teaching (literacy, numeracy and basic ICT).

Part 1 is unpaid and requires travelling to Islington 5 days a week for four months, often during peak hours. It is essential that you are able to cover any travel expenses.

Upon successful completion of Part I volunteers will be offered a similar length placement as a volunteer coach and teaching assistant with one of our Soccer School partners abroad or the option of continuing in London.

This is an exceptional way of spending a Gap Year with Arsenal before or after further/higher education or as a career break. (You must be aged 17 when you travel abroad).

Successful candidates will need to demonstrate a willingness to learn and a responsible attitude. Ideally you will have some experience of working with children or in schools, not necessarily coaching football. Although the ability to demonstrate basic football techniques is a requirement.

The cost of the programme is £500, plus a £250 returnable deposit. You are required to pay for your own flights, an expense which you must factor in to your decision as our Soccer Schools are all over the world. You must also cover any additional personal expenses. The Club will provide insurance.

But during Part 2 you stay with one of our coaching partners so you don't have to pay for accommodation and food. To see a full list of partners, go to and look in the community section under soccer schools; there you will find a list of all the countries in which we have a partner.

The £500 funds various courses from September to December:

Child protection
Referee course
You will also receive Nike AFC coaching equipment

We believe this represents good value and it's good fun too. You will meet like-minded people and make new friends. You will also be working and learning alongside our trainee coaches.

Applications are now closed for the September 2007 intake
For more information on the programme or if you are interested in a January 2008 start date, please contact Samir Singh on 020 7704 4158 or email

Arsenal had four Gappers this year. Two went to Australia, one went to Egypt and one remained with us here in North London. They all had a great time coaching out there in the community, teaching English and representing Arsenal FC. All Gappers have continued to coach for Arsenal in the Community on a part-time basis on their return.

This is a report from two students currently on our Gap Year programme:

Early in September Bubs Jindal, Will Stone, Alec Norton and John O’Brien started their Gap Year with Arsenal in the Community. All four spent from September to the end of December gaining coaching and teaching qualifications and work experience based with us at Emirates Stadium.

At the beginning of January, Bubs and Will went off as volunteers to our Soccer School partners, Wadi Degla in Cairo; Alec flew further a field to Sydney in Australia while John decided to remain with us in London. Bubs and Will have just sent us their first impressions from Cairo and we will be hearing in future from Alec and John.


The FA Cup in Egypt


Hi Guys,
Hope you are all well. Will and I are great and are having an excellent time. Paul (Shipwright), you were right about Tarek. He's really nice and he's always taking us out. 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. Our daily routine is as follows:

We wake up early and work on our fitness using the facilities at the club. At 12.30pm kids from the British School in Cairo come to Wadi Degla and we coach them. This gives us more opportunity to coach and means we get to talk to kids with different backgrounds from the members of the club. We use the afternoon to plan sessions and prepare for the Arsenal Soccer School sessions at 5.30pm. These finish at 8.30pm so we use the evenings as a chance to explore Cairo and experience the culture of the country.

When we arrived at the Wadi Degla Club, we were impressed by the enormity of the whole club. The soccer school set up is excellent and all the facilities are topclass. The club employs over 25 coaches, some of whom are ex-professionals. There are 22 groups, all of which train at least four times a week. We are put with the English speaking coaches and assist them with their sessions. We have even already been given the opportunity to take our own sessions and this has provided us with invaluable coaching experience.

Many of the children speak excellent English and are more than happy to help us get our point across to the others whilst we are coaching. They love having us join their groups. They all want us to say hi to Thierry Henry for them! The children are allowed to join the Soccer School from the age of three or four which means the level of ability here is very high. Maybe one day one of them will be good enough to play for Arsenal!

We can't believe that one month has already passed! Guess what? It rained yesterday! We were just talking about how much we were missing the English weather and then when it started raining we wanted it to be sunny again! We're only a quarter of the way through our stay and have already made so many new friends and learnt so much. We hope that the next two months are just as fun and exciting, if not better.

Below are more photos from our soccer schools where our gap year students are located around the world:


Soccer school in England


Soccer school in Thailand


Soccer school in Malaysia


Soccer school in Guadeloupe

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