On 29 October 2001, the Goal Bureau approved a project to construct a technical centre and renovate an existing pitch. The project has been financed by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, and the Government, who also donated the land on which the facilities are being built. Despite a few teething problems (the plot was originally marshland and required expensive and laborious processing before it was fit for use), the new facilities, comprising accommodation, dressing rooms, a small restaurant and offices for technical administration, have been available for use since early autumn this year. The centre will primarily be used to promote youth and women's football and as a venue for courses for specialists in various areas of the game. The centre will also be used to help national teams prepare for international duty and as a general focal point for football in São Tomé e Príncipe
. «The Goal project is a crucial cornerstone for the development of football - the most popular sport in our nation. Our Government has also played a key role in its completion. Thanks to its financial support, we will be now able to offer new opportunities to the young people of our islands,» commented national association president Manuel Dende at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new building.