The Gap Year Programme is divided into three stages. The first stage of the Programme is based in London and lasts for five months. Following this there is the opportunity of one or two placements abroad, each lasting around three months.
There are two intakes of the Arsenal Gap Year Programme each year. The August intake is made up of three stages lasting up to 12 months in total. The November intake comprises Stages 1 and 2 only and lasts around eight months in total.
‘Gappers’ will undergo football and education courses alongside practical coaching and teaching experience to reinforce the delivery of learning materials.
Programme elements are for example FA Level 1 coaching qualification, FA Emergency Aid certificate, FA Safeguarding Children course or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course.