On 27 October 2002, FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner opened the new national training centre in Providenciales. Goal and FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme bore the costs of this centre, which boasts a pitch with floodlight installations, dressing rooms and a surrounding fence. Private patrons provided the national association with the necessary land and the centre is now at the hub of football life on the islands. It is primarily used by the football-crazy youngsters, who now have the opportunity to further develop their burgeoning talents. Thanks to the new complex, an array of projects aimed at promoting youth, school and women's football have also been launched. «For small countries such as the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Goal Programme and FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme are extremely important,» stressed Thomas H. Smith, the president of the Turks & Caicos Islands FA, in his opening address.