President Sonia Fulford Re-appointed By The TCIFA AGM

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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) was held on July 23rd, 2018 at the Regent Village Conference Center in Providenciales, under the chairmanship of TCIFA President - Sonia Fulford and General Secretary – Oliver Smith.

Following the establishment of protocol, President Fulford, in her Annual address to the Members highlighted certain critical factors. Speaking on stakeholder support with regard to the TCIFA programmes, the President said, “ All of our commitments and goals require a united effort, and that is why I am proud of the spirit of cooperation and dedication that exists in our TCIFA from our stakeholders. I am convinced that next year will bring even more progress as we take on the challenges we face and grasp the opportunities in front of us. Without the commitment and dedication of our stakeholders, the mountain would be so much harder to climb.” With this, President Fulford challenged members of the Turks & Caicos Islands Government and the wider community to become more involved in supporting the Association’s mission, which includes all islands of Turks & Caicos Islands. This is to raise the game and profile of the TCIFA to a new level whilst remaining firmly committed to its fundamental values and significance.

The meeting proceeded to review and approve the association’s 2017-2018 activity report, audited and financial statements and revision of the TCIFA constitution. A summary of the Audited Financial Statements was presented by David Green of PWC and the General Secretary, Oliver Smith, who highlighted the significant changes to the Constitution.  These included the following:

1.      All Members of the TCIFA are required to be listed in the constitution

2.     The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will now be known as the  “Congress”, the governing body of the TCIFA.

3.     In addition to the FA’s current Standing Committees, mandated committees to be instituted are: Audit and Compliance Committee, Ethics Committee, and an Electoral Committee. Also, an Electoral Code must be established.

4.     All Executive Committee Member terms will now run for a period of 4-years.  Previously, committee members who did not serve as officers were elected for a period of 1-year.

Sonia Fulford, was unopposed and returned as President of the TCIFA for a second term.  President Fulford thanked the Members for their confidence in electing her to a second term and promised to continue in her efforts to grow and develop the sport of football in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Paula Garland, was returned unopposed as Executive Director 2. The following Executive Committee Members were re-elected by leading votes conducted by TCIFA Associated Members: Tamara Hall, Indrani Saunders and Benneth Williams.

(L-R) TCIFA General Secretary Oliver Smith and Executive Committee Members -  1st VP Paul Slattery, 2nd VP Candace Hanchell, Paula Garland, Tamara Hall, President Sonia Fulford, Patrice Senior, Indrani Saunders, Benneth Williams and Steve Kendrew 

2018-2019 Executive Committee

President                     Sonia Fulford

1st Vice President        Paul Slattery (Member responsible for the National Academy)

2nd Vice President       Candace Hanchell (Member responsible for Women’s Football)

Director of Finance     Ryan Blain  Director of Finance

Director 1                    Steve Kendrew  ( Member responsible for Men’s Football)

Director 2                    Paula Garland (Member responsible for Events & Fund-Raising)

Director 3                    Patrice Senior (Member responsible for  Referees)

Tamara Hall (Member responsible for Beach Soccer and Futsal)

Indrani Saunders (Member responsible for  Youth Football)

Benneth Williams

 

6th Annual TCIFA / T&C Refreshments Walk-Run-Ride to benefit the Youth Development Football Programmes

 

One of the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association’s (TCIFA) most anticipated community-based fund-raising events, Walk-Run-Ride, was successfully held at the TCIFA National Academy on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. This year, witnessing a large number of high-spirited participants, the event returned with change in routes and scenery. Moving away from the former Grace Bay route, the TCIFA’s event instead choose the quiet, scenic yet challenging route of the Venetian Road leading to the enclaves of Turtle Tail. This route had slopes, ridges and “mini-hills” which provided a welcome needed challenge to the participants.

The event this year introduced a  K and 10K walk/run and a 32K cycle distances. Ms. Adina Ciurar, of the Graceway Sports Center, kicked off the event with a warm-up session at fever pitch. 

President Sonia Fulford in speaking on the event opined that “Participating in this walk not only showed a commitment to healthy lifestyle but also a salute to the Youths in the TCIFA Football Programs as the proceeds are plowed back into these development programs. . Encompassing a sense of family and friends, this concept not only creates increased awareness of the TCIFA and its activities but more importantly it creates a sense of community.  The TCIFA looks forward to hosting these events as the mutual benefit to all is obvious and it is great to see so many people rising so early in the morning and showing unselfish commitment to a good cause.” 

The TCIFA endeavors to create a positive impact by encouraging an array of social initiatives through football. Net proceeds from the Walk-Run-Ride help to support this.

“We would like to thank all of the contributors, especially our Primary Partner, T&C Refreshments, for supporting our Walk-Run-Ride Event. T&C Refreshments has a long history of helping our community, particularly with events involving the youth, and as a returning partner of the TCIFA, and at this level, their continued support is a testimony of their commitment to our children and our Association’s mission.”

TCIFA expressed immense gratitude to T&C Refreshments, Beaches TCI, Flamingo Pharmacy, Projetech Construction Management & Services,  Graceway IGA Supermarket, Luxe Day Spa, Graceway Sports Center, Missick's Contracting, Complete Construction, Elite Brokerage, Marsha Lightbourne-Missick, Willard Williams, June Hawkins, Peter Stubbs, Adina Ciurar and the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Forc.

Upon recovery, participants were greeted with complimentary massages provided by Luxe Day Spa. The event concluded with giveaways and prizes at the breakfast booth.


1st place male cyclist - Shanwell Gardiner
2nd place male cyclist - Tyrone Bishop
1st place female cyclist - Gabriella Hegedus

1st place male 10K - Junior Paul
2nd place male 10K - Martijn Healy
1st place female 10K- Ailsa Mckeon
2nd place female 10K - Carola Gonzalez

1st place male 5K - Dave Dooley
2nd place male 5K - Gregeorio Bongo Jr. 
1st place female 5K - Talisha Simons
2nd place female 5K - Kate Murphy and Orla Oboyle

1st place male youth - Curtis Pennant
2nd place male youth - Brian Papin
1st place female youth - Zoe Butler
2nd place female youth - Augustina Rebolledo

Projetech Youth Development Draw Female- Sanne Healy
Projetech Youth Development Draw Male- Michael Saunders

Most Supportive Group of 2018- Grace Bay Club.

 
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Vaccination Week 2018

 
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Message from TCIFA President Sonia Fulford:

The devastation wreaked in the 19th and early 20th centuries by diseases such as cholera, yellow fever and polio shows the significance of immunization. With the passage of time coupled with scientific progress, we are now in a position to protect ourselves by way of vaccination.  These developments move us to fully recognize the importance of Vaccination Week. Let us all join the movement today to continue to raise awareness on the importance of immunization.  Together we can reach one community at a time.  The decision to immunize today, can protect our children from some of the most dangerous diseases of childhood.  The choice you are making to not have your child immunize, is not only affecting your child, you are putting every other child in danger.  Take that step today, and strengthen your defense! 

#GetVax #VaccineWorks

 

Hurricane Relief Aid Distribution

 

Natural disasters and times of need and desperation are instances that truly test the resolve and heart of many communities. The Hurricanes of last year truly did that to the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Community. In response, an initiative was taken by the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) to face those challenges head on and cultivate a way to assist the players within its programs. As such, the TCIFA organized a relief effort to assist the children and families in its many Youth Development Football Programs who were affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This took the form of a Hurricane Relief on the islands where the TCIFA conducted its Youth and Grassroots Programs, to wit, the islands of Providenciales, South Caicos, Grand Turk, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.

Recovery work continued as loads of boxes were packaged and shipped, and members of the TCIFA helped with presenting and distributing items with the objective of   providing short-term and possible long-term assistance to the impacted players within its programs. Amongst the items distributed to players and their families were non-perishable food items, water, juices, educational supplies, clothing and general hygiene products.

“We understand the impact of natural disasters on our local community, and we are willing and ready to show our support for our people by helping those in need. The TCIFA truly appreciates the positive and unyielding relationship it has with its players, supporters and stakeholders, and we have no hesitation in giving back and assisting those in need.  It is the humane thing to do. Together, we can all make a difference to those persons who need help to restore their lives,” said President Sonia Bien-Aime.

 

Providenciales, February 10th, 2018

 
 

South Caicos, December 11th,2017

 
 

Grand Turk, December 14th, 2017

 
 

North and Middle Caicos, December 16th, 2017

 
 
 
 

 

FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO MAKES COURTESY CALL TO TCIFA PRESIDENT SONIA BIEN-AIME

 (L-R) TCIFA President Sonia Bien-Aime and FIFA President Gianni Infantino

(L-R) TCIFA President Sonia Bien-Aime and FIFA President Gianni Infantino

The New Year in the world of Football in the Turks and Caicos Islands got off to a phenomenal start. Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 marks a momentous day in history for the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA). Since its inception in 1996, and subsequently become a member of FIFA in 1998, the TCIFA never had a sitting or even a past president of Football’s World Governing body, FIFA, visited its shores.  All this changed yesterday (January 17, 2018) when current President Gianni Infantino paid a courtesy visit on TCIFA,s President and FIFA Council Member Sonia Bien-Aime. 

“This is definitely history in the making, not only for TCIFA but Turks & Caicos Islands on a whole” said TCIFA President, Sonia Bien-Aime “I am proud, and I am thankful for the support that President Infantino and FIFA has contributed to the TCIFA and our region. With all of the assistance they have provided, it makes all of our successes possible.” In commenting further President Bien-Aime reflected on the TCIFA’s growth since its formation. “The growth and development of football in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been rapid and constant in both the numbers and quality of the players.  This landmark visit by President Infantino is a testament of the support of FIFA and its relationship with the TCIFA.  It will go miles in continuing the support and in cementing that relationship”.

President Bien-Aime also commented on the Government’s malaise and apparent indifference to the sport of football in the Turks and Caicos Islands. “If we are to fully maximize the potential of President Infantino’s visit and what FIFA can contribute to the Turks and Caicos Islands, we need the partnership and support of the Government. The TCIFA sent an email to our esteemed Premier informing her of this historical event and requesting a meet and greet at her office as well as an opportunity to attend the event.  With the attendant opportunity it offered to create long and meaningful relationships between the TCIFA and FIFA.  While there were Ministers of Government present and we appreciate, and embrace their attendance, the TCIFA were denied the courtesy and decency of a response from the Premier to any of the emails sent to her.  I view this conduct as clear indication of the lack of regard by the Premier firstly towards the President of FIFA and the office he holds, but also reflects how the Government views football and sports in general and the significant role it plays in nation building”

President Infantino, a former member of FIFA’s Reform Committee and UEFA General Secretary, was elected President of FIFA in February 2016 at the 66th FIFA Extraordinary Congress, with a mandate to reform football governance, and increase investment in football development. Under his leadership, FIFA has introduced new initiatives an upgraded a number of programs, (i.e. funding, educational, technical, etc.) to help support the development of their member associations. Additionally, President Infantino announced an array of new development projects in the works for associations like TCIFA, that will support player development from a very young age.

On President Infantino's arrival to Providenciales, he was greeted by the Governor, His Excellency Dr. John Freeman CMG. His Excellency was thereafter presented him with a FIFA Pennant by President Infantino. Thereafter President Infantino and his team proceeded to the TCIFA National Academy where he was further welcomed by the Deputy Governor - Her Excellency Hon. Anya Williams, Minister of Sports - Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Tourism - Hon. Ralph Higgs, Hon. Josephine Connolly, as well as other significant public figures, and members of the Football Association. Amongst those highlighted was the introduction of Bengt Soderqvist and KH Capital, key partners involved in the donation of the parcel of land that is currently the home of the TCIFA.

President Infantino expressed his excitement to be present at the TCIFA in the midst of the busy midweek grassroots programme. “I am extremely pleased and happy to be here. Soon after being elected I promised Sonia I would come, and I came.” He continued, “what I see here is the essence of why we all love football. This is the reason why we invest a lot of our time and energy in the sport. Football is something that gives back. It teaches you how to win, teamwork, how to depend on others, but most importantly, how to have fun, and enjoy your passion.” Impressed by the support and success of TCIFA, he went on to commend the efforts of the TCIFA President, and Turks & Caicos Ambassador, Sonia Bein-Aime.

President Infantino’s stop over was topped off with a short scrimmage, starring himself, members of his travel delegation, members of the Provo Premier League (PPL), President of the PPL- Steve Kendrew, Technical Director- Daz Meehan, and Executive Committee Member responsible for refereeing - Patrice Senior. Referees officiating the game included Gianni Ascani and Dane Ritchie, who were both recently appointed to the FIFA Referee’s and Asst. Referee’s List 2017-2018, respectively.

This will be a moment in history that will always be remembered.

 
 

AC&M, North Carolina USA, DonateS New Football Boots To TCIFA Academy Programmes

The TCIFA is extremely grateful for people like Steven Marques and the AC&M Group, who support the FA's mission to provide quality development programmes for the Turks & Caicos Islands' youth, as well as inspire our players to stay motivated. 
As part of AC&M's efforts to assist with providing players with much needed equipment following loss and damages resulting from the recent natural disasters occuring in the Turks & Caicos Islands, they supplied the Academy with new Adidas football boots. 

AC&M Group is a cultural marketing agency that connects brands with consumers using cultural insights. They have worked with a great range of clients, including Soccer.com and World Soccer Shop.

http://acmconnect.com

 
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Gianni Ascani and Dane Ritchie Re-appointed to the 2018 FIFA International Referees List

(L-R) Dane Ritchie (FIFA Asst. Referee), Patrice Senior (Executive Member ),  Sonia Bien-Aime (President), Gianni Ascani (FIFA Referee)

Members of the FIFA International Referees List are qualified to officiate at high-level International and Club games, including the World Cup Qualifiers and CONCACAF Champion League Games throughout Caribbean, Central American and North America. They are, in light of this, entitled to wear a FIFA badge on their uniform, which indicates the official category, for the year in which they listed.

Gianni Ascani was recently re-appointed for his 4th consecutive term to the FIFA International Referees list, and likewise, Dane Ritchie was re-appointed Assistant Referee (AR) for his 2nd consecutive term.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate both Gianni and Dane on their reappointments to the FIFA International Referees List. I wish for them to continue to aim for excellence, as it is not an act but a habit. They both have my best wishes,” expressed Patrice Senior, TCIFA Executive Member and Head of Referees said.

Each FIFA Member Association’s Referee’s Committee can nominate male and female officials to FIFA for selection. Nominated Referees are required to pass intense fitness tests consisting of a series of 40-meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75-meter sprints and 2x12, 5-meter recovery walks; whilst nominated ARs are required to pass fitness tests consisting of a CODA-drill, a series of 30-meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75-meter sprints and 2x12, 5 meter recovery walks.

When asked how they felt about being reappointed to the FIFA International Referees List, Gianni had this to say: “ We would like to thank the TCIFA for its renewed trust in our abilities to represent it as referees internationally. We are looking forward to the new refereeing opportunities in 2018. Refereeing at an international level is very challenging but also rewarding. We will continue to work hard to make sure we will be in great shape for those challenges.”  Dane added,  “I am elated to again be a part of such a prestigious institution as FIFA for another year as Assistant Referee. The past year was a great experience and the lessons from last year will definitely help make me a better AR. Thanks again to my colleagues, the Referee’s Committee, Head of Refereeing and the TCIFA Executive Committee for their continued support.  We will endeavor to make everyone proud. I’m looking forward to another year of better performances, both on and off the field. “

The President of the TCIFA Sonia Bien-Aime in congratulating the individuals on their re-appointment pointed out to the dedication and hard work expended by them. “The commitment and dedication by both Gianni and Dane has resulted in these continued re-appointments to this prestigious FIFA List.  It is testimony to the work we are doing at the TCIFA to provide our Referees with the resources and tools to hone their craft.  Congratulations to them both and I am comforted that they will fly the country’s flag in a high fashion” 

The TCIFA invites interested persons of all ages to take on the challenge of joining its Refereeing Programme. The Association provides a range of opportunities to develop each person’s refereeing potential in an effort to inspire referees to want to be qualified for  the international level. Prior to 2016 referees had to be 25-45 years old to be eligible for the FIFA International Referees List. However, In 2014 FIFA announced that the maximum age restriction would be lifted, now allowing this prestigious opportunity to officials above 45 years.

 

Hi-Speed Services Ltd. of UK Donates Football Boots To TCIFA

Thank you to Mr. Ian Dawkins and Hi-Speed Services Ltd. for their generous donation of football boots to our youth development football programmes. On Saturday Nov 11th, prior to the TCIFA U11 Inter-Island Football Festival, boots were distributed to players from the Grand Turk, South Caicos, and North/Middle Caicos programmes. The atmosphere filled with happy smiles!

 

Hi-Speed Services is an independent transport company with depots in Aldershot, Camberley and Rugby, in the United Kingdom.

hispeed.co.uk

 
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President Sonia Bien-Aime Appointed to The FIFA Foundation

 
 TCIFA President Sonia Bien-Aime

TCIFA President Sonia Bien-Aime

 

The President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association and FIFA Council Member Sonia Bien-Aime was this past week crowned with another significant achievement as she was appointed to the newly created and landmark entity, the FIFA Foundation.  

At a FIFA Council Meeting in Kolkalta, India on Friday October 27, 2017, Ms. Bien-Aime was appointed to this novel Football Foundation. According to the release from FIFA the world’s governing Football Body, the FIFA Foundation is established with the “purpose of providing a solid legal and institutional basis for FIFA’s social development initiatives. One of the core intentions of the FIFA Foundation will be to institutionalize a commitment of the FIFA Legends to engage in such activities and act as promoters of FIFA’s aims and objectives related to social development”.

It is anticipated that the FIFA Foundation will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2018 but it is noteworthy that the initial panel charged with laying the ground work comprises the FIFA President Gianni Infantino and only two members of the FIFA Council, Turks and Caicos’ own football luminary Sonia Bien-Aime and Kwesi Nyantakyi from Ghana.
When contacted via phone in Kolkata, India Mrs. Bien-Aime reflected on her latest achievement. “I would like to thank President Infantino and those at FIFA for appointing me to this Foundation. It is an opportunity to play an integral role in molding and establishing those social development objectives that are critical to FIFA and to the game of Football as a whole. It is an appointment that I humbly embrace with the focused intent of continuing in my quest to effectively lift the level of football locally and worldwide and in doing so hoping that some positive light may find its way to Turks and Caicos Islands”.

 

Hurricane Relief statement

The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) recognizes the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on our country and its citizens. As an organization that directly and daily interacts with the youth of this country and their families, we equally recognize the catastrophic human effect that this Hurricane wreaked on our community.  As such, the TCIFA is organizing aid and a relief effort to assist the children and families in our Football Programme as well as the wider community as a whole.  Details of this initiative will be published shortly.

 

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Grace Bay Car Rentals Donates Vehicle To TCIFA

 (L-R) TCIFA President, Sonia Bien-Aime, and Keisha of Grace Bay Car Rentals

(L-R) TCIFA President, Sonia Bien-Aime, and Keisha of Grace Bay Car Rentals

The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) was on Wednesday August 23, 2017, the recipient of a Toyota Regius Mini-Van courtesy of their long-time sponsor Grace Bay Car Rentals (GBCR).  GBCR is an independently owned local rental car company with multiple locations in Providenciales. The Company is owned by Todd and Leslie Foss and proudly wears a  tremendous reputation amongst visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands for its efficient, reliable and courteous service. The Company has displayed a consistency in assisting various non-profit civic entities in the Turks and Caicos Islands and this latest gesture is just another example and recognition of GBCR’s exemplary civic duty.

The President of the TCIFA, Sonia Bien-Aime was effusive in commenting on this ongoing sponsorship and the relationship between GBCR and the TCIFA:

"Grace Bay Car Rentals is a phenomenal corporate citizen, having been associated with the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) in excess of a decade. Todd Foss and his very competent staff at GBCR possess a generous foresight in adopting a very perceptive and enlightened approach in their relationship with the TCIFA.  They recognized that the TCIFA, as a non-profit organization with limited resources, has provided and continue to provide an essential service to the growth and development of young males and females in this country through the sport of football. They have consistently over the years filled the void for transportation for our staff and young players. This latest donation of the van is another welcomed and massively appreciated example of GBCR’s generosity.  This vehicle will assist us in transporting our young players to and from practices and games and will go miles in our objective to reach the communities not within the immediate range of our facilities. We cannot thank GBCR enough, and we wish them success in all their business endeavors and look forward to continue this mutually beneficial and blessed relationship that the TCIFA enjoys with GBCR."

 Equally enthusiastic in speaking on this partnership was Todd Foss from GBCR:

“Having been a supporter of the TCIFA over the past eleven years, Grace Bay Car Rentals is excited to continue our partnership with this great organization. Our company and its team members are committed to benefiting the country by assisting organizations that focuses on the development of youth, and the TCIFA is one of the best anywhere. Their focus on accessibility to sport regardless of income level is a main reason we continue to be a proud sponsor. The TCIFA exposes youth in the Turks and Caicos Islands to the many benefits of sport including; team play, fitness, life skills, and commitment, while also providing the opportunity to travel and represent our country internationally”

The TCIFA is a non-profit organization with the self-tasked objective of developing football throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands. Through its Grassroots and Youth Development Programs, the TCIFA has developed high quality football players who have matriculated to playing overseas at the Professional, Semi-Professional and College Levels. Additionally, they have Match Officials appointed to the FIFA and CONCACAF list. It is considered by many to be the leading youth sports development program in the Turks and Caicos Islands with Grassroots and Youth Development Programs in Providenciales, South Caicos, Grand Turk, North and Middle Caicos. 

 
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TCIFA Executive committee 2017-2018

Turks and Caicos Islands Football association (TCIFA) strives to continuously promote, develop, and expand the sport of football throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Association also recognizes and advocates the significance  of women representation, and as such, the TCIFA challenges discrimination in the sport. In line with its strategy and objectives, TCIFA organizes development programmes, recruiting retreats, courses for further education, camps, scouting opportunities and fundraisers on an annual basis. Additionally, TCIFA aims to build closer relationships and exchanges with stakeholders to assist and facilitate growth of the discipline locally.

On July 31, 2017, TCIFA hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales. The meeting organized by the Secretariat, revised past and recent event schedules, procedures, and discussed the overall vision and strategy in addition to budgets for 2017 and beyond.

One significant agenda item was the election to fill vacant spots and expired terms on the Executive Committee. With Oliver Smith resigning from the Executive Committee, and transitioning to the General Secretary position, Candace Hanchell, former Executive Director was voted in and welcomed as the 2nd Vice President, serving the remainder of Mr. Smith’s term (until 2020). Patrice Senior was elected to serve as Executive Director 3 for a period of 4 years. Drani Saunders was also voted in, for the first time, along with Tamara Hall as one of the three Executive Committee Members serving for a period of one year.

The Executive Committee provides overall guidance for the TCIFA’s operations and strategic planning activities. Members of the Executive committee populate sixteen (16) standing committees that meet on a regular basis to ensure that these activities are properly budgeted for, and ran smoothly, and that TCIFA members and their areas of responsibilities are strongly represented.

 

The current Executive Committee is comprised of nine (9) voluntary members

Sonia Bien-Aime, President
Paul Slattery, First Vice President, Responsible for the National Academy
Candace Hanchell, Second Vice President, responsible for Women’s Football
Steve Kendrew, Executive Director 1, responsible for Men’s Football
Paula Garland, Executive Director 2, responsible for Events & Fund Raising
Patrice Senior, Executive Director 3, responsible for Referees
Ryan Blain, Finance Director
Tamara Hall, Executive Committee Member, responsible for Beach Soccer & Futsal
Drani Saunders , Executive Committee Member

 

President Sonia Bien-Aime,  in speaking of the Executive Committee, indicated that  “the Executive Committee is the engine that drives the TCIFA.  They as a group decide and shape the policies and direction of the TCIFA.  Significantly is the fact that they are all volunteers unselfishly giving of their time with great commitment all with the goal of developing the sport of football in this country."

 

TCIFA was founded in 1996, and by 1998 became a member of FIFA. 

TCIFA is a non-profit organization and is independent of the Government and all political bodies. 

 

Intermediary Report 2016-2017

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TCIFA Referee Course and Retreat

 Participants of the TCIFA Referee Course and Retreat

Participants of the TCIFA Referee Course and Retreat

FIFA’s mission is to develop football everywhere for all, to touch the world through its inspiring tournaments and to build a better future through the power of the game. Refereeing is a main aspect of football and it is very important that the laws are applied correctly and consistently whenever a game is played. Therefore, it is prudent that emphasis be placed on referees’ ongoing development through organized courses that will help them to improve and have uniformity wherever football is played. The TCIFA's objective is to promote exceptional referees who can extend their careers to the national, and or international level through continued training and development. 

"It was an honor to be invited by the TCIFA to present this Referee’s Course, 1-4th June 2017," Said Instructor Dianne Ferreira-James, former FIFA International Referee and Head of Referees at the Bahamas Football Association." Participants ranged from new referees, national and FIFA referees. The course was presented in two parts Technical (field work) and Classroom on the Laws of the game.  The showing of video clips were used to further explained the laws and helped them to grasp and remember the concepts. "I was intrigued by the interaction of participants as questions came from every angle. The energy in the room and the eagerness to learn motivated me as an instructor. Due to the varying levels of participants, I have to apply a different methodology in order to reach every participant. Each day I recapped what was taught the day before and listened to any situations presented. Explaining the laws using video clips helped them to understand and see what I was teaching and they also applied situations to what they have learned. This provided positive feedbacks and reinforced what they have learnt so it sticks." 

James went on to say "I enjoyed my short stay on the island. The best moment I had was to watch two young U17 players officiate in an organized game on the last day. The correctly applied the offside rule, their movement along the line and signals were good. After the game I went over to them and congratulated them as well as the referee who did a very good job. I encouraged them to continue and to support the local referees body by attending training whenever possible. I also encouraged all the participants to not stop there but go out and support each other so that together the sport will grow. I would like to thank the TCIFA for inviting me here to share my knowledge and it was a good experience for me too and I also learned from them. The general organization of the course was timely and participants appeared happy and hungry for such courses. I must single out Patrice Senior who made my stay very comfortable and ensured that everything ran smoothly. It felt like a home away from home."

 

We would like to thank our sponsors: 

Dinesh Jainarine of Island Escapes (Grace Shore Villas), Tropical Shipping, Precious Memories Forever, Paula Garland, Chinsons Grill Shack, Dolphins Restaurant, and Hertz.

 

Matthieu yeghiazarian earns fifa Diploma In Football Medicine

 

Matthieu Yeghiazarian, Osteopath D.O.

 

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Matt, National Team Doctor for the TCI National football teams, for the many years of invested voluntary work. We also congratulate him on receiving his FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine. The diploma course, made up of 42 modules, include contributions from the 49 FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence, covering the major medical and musculoskeletal issues seen in football.

Matthieu Yeghiazarian, registered Osteopath D.O., has worked with an array of patients, from newborns to elderly, athletes to pregnant women, in an effort to provide holistic healthcare and relief from pain. Using a broad range of gentle hands-on manipulations, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue streching, mobilization of the joints, he assists the body with pain minization, reduces stress and provides greater mobility.


Contact Grace Bay Osteopathy at 441-7056 to make your appointment. Located at Neptune Court, Allegro Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales.

www.gracebayosteopathy.com

 

Family Quiz Night Fund-Raiser

Over 80 persons registered to support the TCIFA’s Family Quiz Night which was held at the Chopsticks Restaurant on Grace Bay, Saturday, May 13th. The participants’ knowledge was put to the test in a perfect setting for fun with friends and family. Each team was composed of a maximum of 6 persons, between the ages of 5 years old and 100 years young.

Lead by Technical Director, Daz, the competition was composed of 5 sections - general knowledge, sports, music, films, and picture recognition which was based on logos of local businesses displayed in and around Providenciales. In first place, leaving the competition with the highest amount of points, was the “Quizee Rascals”, followed by “Buckle Up Baby” and the “Quizard Of Oz”, respectively. 

Apart from the quiz, the event included an “arms length” raffle, and a silent auction. All proceeds made from each activity will benefit the development of the youth football programs throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands.

We would like to thank our volunteers, Kim Meehan and Mary Scholar, as well as our dedicated partners for supporting our youth, and making our first Family Quiz Night successful.

Sponsors: Chopsticks Restaurant, Villa Del Mar, Bay Bistro Restaurant, Solana Restaurant, Garam Masala Indian Restaurant, Vix Bar & Grill,  Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Resort, Casablanca Casino, Bay View Motors, Beaches TCI, Turks Head Brewery, Digicel TCI, Turkberry, Provo Golf Club, Big Blue Unlimited, Mr. Malcolm & Mrs. Melanie Campbell, Carmela Giodano, and President Sonia Bien-Aime.

 

TCIFA at the 67th FIFA congress

The 67th FIFA Congress took place at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Representatives from all 211 Member Associations were in attendance.

Oliver Smith, TCIFA General Secretary, was voted to serve another term as a member of the FIFA Appeals Committee, headed by Mr. Thomas Bodström of Sweden.

 

CONCACAF D-LICENSE COACHING COURSE

GRAND TURK

The CONCACAF licensing programme offers the region’s coaches and instructors access to the highest quality education programmes in football. For the first time in history, a licensing course was hosted on the island of Grand Turk, following a well-received FIFA grassroots coaching course and festival which was held last year.

On the evening of May 4th, after a long day's work, participants gathered with great anticipation at the HJ Robinson High School. After a welcoming ceremony that included words from the General Secretary Oliver Smith, and Technical Director Darren Meehan, the participants embarked on a series of theoretical and practical sessions, and examinations. 

Lead by SKNFA’s Technical Director Leonard Lake, and TTFA’s Technical Director Anton Corneal, the course covered topics such as roles of the coaching educator, principles of coaching, principles of the game, age appropriate training, session planning, physical training, and small sided games. Theoretical sessions took place in a classroom setting during the first two days, whilst practical sessions were conducted at the Grand Turk Parade Grounds on May 6th-7th. Participants were required to design and deliver their own session plans, given the topics covered. The course concluded with an oral examination and written assessment. 

“As the Technical Director, this is another stepping stone in the right direction of what I highlighted when I first joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association. Coaching education is an integral part of getting the fundamentals right in any football team. With the extra knowledge these coaches have gained, they will be able to use this in all grassroots sessions and making our players have better technical and tactical awareness,” said Darren Meehan.

The CONCACAF C- License Coaching course is the next step in the coaching development process for those who have previously earned the CONCACAF D-License. The participants’ results will be released in the coming weeks, once all sessions and assessments have been graded.

 

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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

 
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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