On 16 April 2003, the foundation stone for the Goal project, partially funded by money from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, was laid in Matavera on the island of Rarotonga. Less than a year later, on 2 April 2004, the football centre opened its doors. Since then, the centre is the focal point of all football activity, especially as the association's administrative offices have been integrated in the new building. Development programmes in a variety of areas, new competitions at every age level and basic programmes for youngsters (boys and girls) are already in the pipeline. In addition, women's football will be promoted. The inauguration of the academy solved one serious drawback, namely, that the Cook Islands
football family is now centralised in one place. This was until now practically impossible, given the many scattered islands and the dearth of facilities.