As the first project of its kind in the CONCACAF region, the training centre, comprising three pitches, was opened by FIFA Vice-President Jack A. Warner and association president Julio Rocha Lopez on 21 April 2002. The «Escuela Nacional de Talentos del Fútbol Negro Julio» football school is located in Diriamba, a town in the mountains approximately one hours drive from Managua. In the initial stage, various training courses were held for the coaches responsible for nurturing the talented young players brought together at the centre. Courses for referees also feature on the programme at the training centre. Everything is tuned into the long-term plans designed specifically to promote football. A medical service for the municipality of Diriamba has also been set up. 50,000 hours of lessons - that is the proud record in the twelve months since the opening. The climax so far has been a FIFA course for youth coaches conducted by world famous former Peruvian player, Teofilo Cubillas. In his inaugural address, Rocha Lopez said that Nicaragua
now had a training centre in which young talent could systematically be nurtured from a very early age. He added that these youngsters should not only be coached to become top footballers but also as model citizens for society.