The Cook Islands FA kicked off a U14 Girls Academy on Monday September 4th 2017. The Academy was born out of the success of the recent U16 Women’s successful campaign at the OFC Women’ Championships in Samoa in August with the team qualifying for the Semi Final stage.
In total 20 girls were invited into the Academy from the seven domestic clubs from within Rarotonga.
CIFA Technical Director Jess Ibrom said ‘ it’s important we are preparing our national academy players as soon as possible thus giving ourselves a greater opportunity to be more successful on the International stage. This was evident with the U16 Women who we trained from February up to to the OFC Women’s Championships in Samoa in August. Their success on the field was reflected by the preparation that had gone on prior to the tournament.
We are fortunate in that due to the size of Rarotonga it is easier to develop these academies aligned to future tournaments perhaps rather than other Member Associations in the region who are more geographically spread out. It’s key for the long-term development of Cook Islands national teams that we look to align ourselves to future tournaments so we are better prepared to be more competitive at the International level.
Since February 2017 the Cook Islands FA have developed six national academies Men U20, U17, Boys U14 and U11’s, U17 Women and now U14 Girls all aligned to future Oceania Football Confederation tournaments.