South Caicos Football Fiesta!

South Caicos Football Fiesta!



The eagerly anticipated Women’s Football League (WFL) 2016 kicked off on Sunday, May 15, 2016. With the Academy Strikers -v- Academy Warriors. Team Captains Willandra Elliott and Patrice Senior, respectively, proudly lead their teams to the field. Fierce competition immediately came into play as each team’s hunger to score goals were evident.
May 15 #1

Ten year old Anika Sidden the youngest participant was given an opportunity to show case her talent as her teammates from the Academy Warriors ensured that she was given multiple opportunities to score goals. However within the first twelve minutes Willandra Elliott of the Academy Warriors came charging through with her normal defiant position and scored the first goal of the day. Ms. Elliott aka “the Wall” is known for her strong stance as a defender, however, given that her team had only eight players for the day she noted that a decision was
made to have her at the fore-front for the day.

Patrice Senior, Captain for Academy Strikers held her own as the strong defender she is known for. However, Ms. Senior also stepped outside of her playing zone by taking the position as Goal Keeper for her team. Academy Strikers made a few adjustments during the game which produced a positive result as Tanealsha Huggins was able to score her teams only goal for the day. Ms. Huggins is a past player who have recently returned and her goal scored in the forty third minute of the game was an obvious motivator for both her and her team.

May 22 #5

The first match resulted in Academy Strikers 1 – 1 Academy Warriors.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 saw Academy Warriors -v- Academy Hurricanes. Venisha Alfrena aka “Shrimpy” from Academy Warriors immediately kicked into super fast mode as a defender to shield her goal. Given her fast pace, Ms. Alfrena was able to cover both middle and back as Academy Hurricanes moved in to secure their first goal by player Emilda Burke, Coach of the North/Middle Academy who was obviously excited to play her first league game. Academy Warriors quickly tightened their defence and moved in to even the score with a goal by the swift feet of Sarah Cenary. Evident by their fierce plays Academy Hurricanes were eager to gain control of the game as Christma Jean Louis ensured that her team gained the edge by scoring another well deserved goal.

Competition was in its highest gear during the second half as the more experienced players of the Academy Hurricanes ensured that many opportunities on goal were taken advantage of. However, this was to no avail as Ms. Cenary aka “Baller” was able to quickly move in and satisfy her undeniable taste and longing for more goals by scoring an additional two goals.

The second match resulted Academy Warriors 3 – 2 Academy Hurricanes.

Candace Hanchell, President of the Women’s Football League stated, “I am happy to see the return of players who are currently pursuing their educational studies overseas participating in the 2016 Women’s League – players like Briandi Brooks, Sarah Cenary and Shinaydine Pluvoise. This is an indication that we have made a positive contribution to their lives and they are eager to encourage others and give back.”

May 22#4

Executives of the Women’s Football League continue to encourage females of all ages to get involved, regardless of their age or playing experience. Registration is ongoing to enable a larger participation within the league.

The general public is invited to attend the third match on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 5:30pm. All matches will take place at the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association’s National




About the TCIFA: The TCIFA is a non-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For more information: Contact General Secretary, Candia Ewing, at (649)941-5532


CONCACAF Women’s Football Day (WFD) was celebrated on May 21st, 2016 with all 41 Member Associations participating in the day’s activities, the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) being no exception.

Sonia & Anya Williams

As the sun beamed every so brightly and provided the perfect backdrop for the day’s event, approximately forty-two U7, U9 and U15 girls full of energy filled the Academy as they registered and proudly wore the WFD t-shirts. The sound of the CONCACAF’s official anthem brought everyone to attention as the parade of girls together with the Turks & Caicos Islands National Flag and the CONCACAF flag headed out to the lush grass pitch. Christma Jean Louis, TCIFA’s National Team Player and Ambassador for FIFA Live Your Goals campaign commanded everyone’s attention as she proudly belted out the National Song of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Spectators were obviously impressed as resounding round of applause could be heard at the end of the song.

Team Huddle
Her Excellency Deputy Governor, Anya Williams brought remarks and noted that the TCIFA has been one of the fastest growing organizations within the Turks & Caicos Islands, as North/Middle Caicos and Grand Turk has now come on stream. “Thank you for doing your part in the community to involve the youth and getting them involved in a very positive programme,” stated Mrs. Williams as she extended her well wishes to the TCIFA and the young participants.

CONCACAF’s newly elected Female Member to the FIFA Council and President of the TCIFA, Sonia Bien-Aime was obviously elated to see the young participants she noted that TCIFA has now participated and partnered with CONCACAF in the WFD activities for a second consecutive year. “It is a true example of you the players, you the parents and volunteers showing that we are serious about developing and raising the profile of women’s football in our region.” Ms. Bien-Aime expressed her gratitude to all and declared the event open.


The young female participants engaged in a 5 -v- 5 tournament. Given the diverse age group this allowed the older girls to act as a player-buddy to the younger participants. The hunger to score goals was evident as everyone focused on moving forward and taking their shot at goal. The tournament ended with awards of WFD medals presented to the respective teams.

Players in teams

“Last year saw participation from the South Caicos Academy and we are so happy to have our newest addition join us today, the North/Middle Caicos Academy. It is evident that female participation around the Turks & Caicos Islands is increasing. This is one of our goals and we will endeavour to sustain this,” stated Candace Hanchell, Executive Director responsible for Women’s Football.



About the TCIFA:
The TCIFA is a non-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For more information: Contact General Secretary, Candia Ewing, at (649)941-5532


On May 18th-22nd, 2016, The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association hosted it’s first FIFA Grassroots Coaching Course and Festival on the island of Grand Turk. FIFA’s main objective of the Grassroots Programme is to allow football to be discovered by as many people as possible, attracting new players to the sport by giving them access to football in their own environment; whatever their age, sex, physical condition, skin color, religion or ethnic origin. Grassroots Football targets both girls and boys between the ages of 6-12years.

Lead by FIFA instructor, Marcos Tinoco, who also serves as FIFA Technical Development Officer for the North-West Caribbean, the purpose of the course was to encourage practices that are based on organizing fun football exercises to help children build a love for the game and to ensure that prospective coaching educators foster our children’s development in sporting, social, psychological and educational aspects. Twenty-four persons participated in the course.

The course involved three afternoon sessions, one full day, and one morning session of practical and theoretical work. Persons were assigned to demonstrate correct methods of coaching young children between the ages of 6-12, and the programme then concluded with the organization of a festival for the children. An outstanding 120+ 6-12 year olds were in attendance. Equipment was provided to both participating coaches and children.

“The participants worked very hard all week, with delivering presentations based on improving grassroots football, health benefits associated with playing, and promotion of the sport within the Grand Turk community. As Technical Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association, I was delighted with the way Grand Turk showed dedication and pure enthusiasm towards this course, and I’m even more happy to announce that we have 24 new coaching educators for the capital,” says Darren Meehan, newly appointed Technical Director.

Candia Ewing, General Secretary, also joined in the excitement. “While playing skills remain an important aspect in the development of our players, our main focus is to promote football, and get as many people as possible involved in the sport, regardless of their age. The Grassroots Football Programme gives us that opportunity to lay the necessary foundations required for us to nurture our very own Turks and Caicos Islands players, and coaches, all whilst having fun. I would like to commend, and thank Grand Turk for a job well done. They have exceeded our expectations, and I can truly say on behalf of our TCIFA President, Executive Members and all those involved in the TCIFA, Grand Turk has proven to be true supporters. We look forward to retaining our participants, and we are eager for all there is to come.”

About the TCIFA:
The TCIFA is a non-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.
For more information:
Contact General Secretary, Candia Ewing, at (649)941-5532