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OFC Education Centre opens in Cook Islands

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The doors to the inaugural OFC Education Centre in Cook Islands are officially open following the launch of the pilot at Cook Islands Football Association Academy in Rarotonga.

Members of local football clubs, Cook Islands Government officials and members of the community gathered outside CIFA’s new education hub to witness OFC President David Chung, Cook Islands Football Association President Lee Harmon and Cook Islands Minister of Youth and Sport the Honourable Albert Nicholas unveil the plaque and officially open the centre, reports OFC.

In his speech at the launch, President Chung highlighted the unique benefits that the OFC Education Centre will bring to Oceania and the long-term objectives of the region-wide programme.

“The OFC Education Centre will be a foundation for the development of football both on the field and at administration level,” he said.

“Participants will receive training and qualification in a range of football topics extending beyond OFC’s traditional education programme to include administration, financial management, sports medicine and fitness and event management.

“The OFC Education Centre will enable participants in our member associations to have access to quality education in all aspects of football in their own country.”

Chung explained that developing domestic football in each member association through the OFC Education Centre will be a stepping stone in raising the standard of football throughout the entire region.