The technical centre, approved by the Goal Bureau on 29 October 2001, is to bring together talented young footballers from over 83 islands and nine regional associations. The centre provides optimal facilities for promoting youth football in its many guises. School and sport are combined, with education in the areas of sports medicine, media and marketing forming part of the curriculum. The long-term objective is to help young footballers to forge careers in professional football, perhaps overseas, and to allow Vanuatu
to make an impression on the international stage. However, in July 2002, FIFA had seen no other option than to withdraw from the contract as a number of inconsistencies in the development of the project had appeared. However, an agreement was reached in August 2003. After a delay of two years, work restarted and the focus is now on four grass pitches, two of which had been completed by the time the academy opened in August 2005.