5th Annual TCIFA/Gordon’s Supply
Walk Run Ride

The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA), throughout it’s history, has played a very active role in supporting and promoting the development of youth through football in the Turks & Caicos Islands. On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, the 5th annual “Walk Run Ride” endorsed by Gordon’s Plumbing & Electrical Supply, was held at the TCIFA National Academy. Cars lined the fencing along the grass pitch, and hands were grabbing t-shirts in search for the right size.

 

Candace Hanchell, TCIFA Executive Director responsible for Women’s Football, commenced the morning’s event with an announcement that served as a reminder to all that raising a child involves community effort and that the benefits of sports reach beyond the physical well-being during his/her developmental process. Pastor Wayde Colby followed the introduction with a prayer, then Fitness Instructor Adina Cuirar with a pre-event warmup session. The atmosphere was completely lit with energy and excitement.

“Walk Run Ride” is an annual initiative dedicated to raising funds in partnership with stakeholders and to increase the awareness of youth development through sport. All proceeds go toward the youth development football programmes ran throughout the country. Every year TCIFA aims to not only accomplish fund raising goals, but to increase participation. TCIFA strives to provide quality youth programmes, all whilst in creating a welcoming, safe and healthy environment for players, coaches, referees, and all its members.

Once the participants returned to the Academy from their respective routes, they were invited to complimentary snacks and a brief prize giving ceremony. The following persons were recognized:

 

1st place male cyclist - Shanwell Gardiner

2nd place male cyclist - Anthony Plunkett

1st place female cyclist - GabRielia Hegeolus

1st place male walker/runner - Dan Redmond

2nd place male walker/runner - Adelfir Pareds             

1st place female walker/runner - Lynn Robinson

2nd place female walker/runner - Stacy Vorwek

1st place male youth - Joshua Lewis   

1st place female youth - Sydney Campbell

2nd place female youth - Alyna Ayer     

Most supportive corporate grouP - Grace Bay Club

3 Consolation prizes were given

 

“Walk Run Ride” could not have been made possible without the generous support of headline sponsor, Gordon’s Plumbing & Electrical Supply, and co-sponsors, Coca Cola, Gracebay Pharmacy, Flamingo Pharmacy, Walkin Marine, Graceway Sports Center, Perto Plus, Conservative Architects, Missick’s Contracting, Grace Bay Club, Marsha Lightbourne, Willard Williams, Jermaine Malcolm, Paul Cox, Roy Williams, Adina Cuirar, Pastor Wayde Colby and the Turks & Caicos Islands Royal Police Force representatives. Thank you to these organizations and persons, the local media, and persons who registered and participated in the event, for encouraging TCIFA to continue much-needed progress.

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And a very special thank you to our sponsors

 
 

TCIFA’s Dane Ritchie, lands his first appointment as FIFA International Referee Assistant

 
Dane Ritchee

Dane Ritchee

 

The Caribbean Club Championship is an annual international club competition that has been contested since 1997.  Held amongst the member associations of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), it is a qualifying stage for the Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League. With a total of twenty-one teams from twelve CFU member associations set to participate, this 19th edition of the Club Championship will be played in a round-robin format, and see four teams advancing to the 2017/2018 Champions League. 

Amongst the 5 scheduled groups, Ritchie was appointed to officiate group B, in his capacity as a FIFA International Referee Assistant. Group B, compromised of Don Bosco FC of Haiti, Police FC of Montserrat, Cibao FC of Dominican Republic and USR Sainte-Rose of Guadeloupe will compete on March 1st, 3rd and 5th at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

“I am humbled and excited to have my first appointment as FIFA Assistant Referee in the upcoming round of the CONCACAF Club Championships 2017. I am looking forward to representing the local referee body, the TCIFA and the Turks and Caicos Islands to the best of my ability, both on and off the field. I will endeavor to make my mark on the international refereeing scene so other local referees can aspire to attain the same level or higher. I also hope this will be the beginning of greater things to come.” Ritchie went on to say, “I must thank my fellow referees, the local referees committee and the TCIFA for their continued support during my referee development, up to this point. That support has enabled me to reach this level, without which none of this would be possible.”

Ritchie is the second representative in the history of Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association to be selected to the FIFA International Referees List.

 
 

TCIFA IS CONCACAF BEACH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP READY!

Providenciales, February 11, 2017

CONCACAF beach soccer championship
 

The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, FIFA’s World Cup Qualifying tournament for teams from North, Central America and the Caribbean, is set to occur on February 20-26, 2017 in Nassau Bahamas. The tournament will witness sixteen (16) teams competing for the two top positions in pursuance of advancing to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup stage, which will also take place in Nassau Bahamas. The games will be played at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility on East Bay Street.

"The Turks & Caicos Islands National Team, to these Championships, is a very young squad and I would fathom that it is one of the youngest squads ever to participate in these qualifiers.  The majority of the team are currently in High School or are recent High School Graduates.  With that in mind we expect that our youth and athleticism coupled with the quality in our team will serve as assets to make us a competitive team, and our expectations are that we will play at a level that will make TCI proud.” TCIFA Acting General Secretary, Oliver Smith, goes on to say, “we applaud the efforts and dedication of the coaching staff and the team and wish them the best as they travel this road flying the TCI flag very high and with honor and pride”

The TCI Men’s National Beach Soccer Team (TCI MNBST) has been preparing for the Championship since July 2016 with ongoing training sessions, as well as participating as a team in the TCIFA Men’s Beach Soccer League. With four players pursuing tertiary education abroad, and Billy Forbes in pre-season with San Antoni FC, the team has faced some challenges with preparing tactically as a unit. However, the concentration remains on technical aspects of the game as well as fitness.

In December 2016, TCI MNBST embraced a pre-tournament training opportunity, where they played matches against the Bahamas and Switzerland Beach Soccer National Teams, in Nassau. Head Coach , Christopher Bryan, said that “ The experience was extremely valuable as it allowed the team to play competitive games against top oppositions. Our players now fully understand what to expect when we especially play El Salvador and Costa Rica, and they are aware what is needed to compete at the International Beach Soccer level.” His main objective is to present a more sharpened team to this years qualifiers than that lined up for the CONCACAF Championship in El Salvador, 2015. “Our key strengths will be the speed and athletic ability of our young players. The team has an average age profile of around 19 years old. Though we lack match experience, I expect the team to improve as the tournament progresses. We have a tough opening game against El Salvador who are ranked #19 in the world but I think we may surprise them to some extent. I am looking towards our third game against Panama as being our benchmark match.”

 

TCI Match Schedule, Group D

 

Elsalvador vs. TCI - February 21

TCI vs. Costa Rico - February 22

Panama vs. TCI - February 23

Quarter Finals - February 24

Semi finals - February 25

Final - February 26

 

For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing, at 946-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com

 

 
 

TCIFA TAKES WESTON, FLORIDA IN THE 2017 WESTON CUP & SHOWCASE

Providenciales, February 8th 2017

 

The Weston Cup & Showcase, hosted by Weston FC and sanctioned by Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) and US Club Soccer, is Florida’s premier President’s Day Weekend Tournament for boys and girls under 8 to under 19. It is the largest youth football tournament in Florida, hosting hundreds of teams from all over the world on multiple playing fields. The tournament, expecting to see roughly 700 teams this year, will commence on February 18th through February 20th, 2017, in the heart of Broward County in Weston, Plantation, Miramar, and Davie.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) has chosen four age groups from the grassroots programme to compete at the bronze level; namely boys under 9, girls under 10, boys under 11, and boys under 12. The bronze division is primarily suited for lower level Division 2 teams and new traveling teams seeking competitive competition. Under 9- 10 groups will play 7-a-side games, whilst the under 11-12 will play 9-a-side, with a guaranteed minimum of 3 games per team.

All four teams have dedicated themselves to putting in a tremendous effort with training for the upcoming tournament. Not only only does this tournament afford them the opportunity to play the sport they love on a larger competitive scale and build team morale, but TCIFA endevours to build self-reliance, self confidence, social skills, and communication skills, as these positive effects have lifetime developmental benefits.

For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing, at 946-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com