TCIFA Executive committee 2017

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

 
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