#UnitedStates, March 24, 2018 – Miami, FL – “Consider this the first step on your journey to greatness,” said Garry Sinclair, Flow Caribbean President as he congratulated the twenty-eight young footballers advancing to this weekend’s (March 23-25) Flow Skills Ultimate Football Experience Grand Finale in Port of Spain, Trinidad. According to Sinclair, “These youngsters have the enviable and unique privilege of being exposed to the highest level of football coaching skills and techniques courtesy of the biggest and most prestigious Football Club in the world – Manchester United. They are in for an amazing weekend and my advice to them would be to grasp this opportunity with both hands and absorb everything.”
During the course of the Flow Skills competition close to 700 boys and girls between the ages of 12 to 16 years old from across 14 Flow Caribbean markets competed, culminating in reaching the finals in Trinidad for a shot at the ultimate prize: a trip to the Theatre of Dreams – Old Trafford – in Manchester, England. Both winners will be chaperoned by his/her coach and a parent.
Expectations are high for the finalists but all eyes will undoubtedly be on three emerging female talents: 13 year old Carlia Johnson of Anguilla; 13 year old Molly Kehoe of Cayman Islands and 14 year old Moenesa Mejias of Trinidad, all of them touted as extremely talented. Their male counterparts include: (click link to see list)
All participants will be exposed to the famous Manchester United Soccer School training techniques and some of their celebrated coaches. Tobagonian MU Legend Dwight Yorke will also interact with the finalists at the St. Joseph’s Convent Ground in Port of Spain during the weekend of activities and he will share words of encouragement and tips on how they can “up” their game.
This significant partnership with Manchester United, provides invaluable football development from both the player’s perspective as well as for the local in-market coaches. The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) has recognised and endorsed the program. Neil Cochrane, General Secretary of the CFU stated, “We are convinced that it won’t be too long before we begin to hear some of the region’s best players referencing this program for its contribution to their personal and career development in the sport.”
Garry Sinclair also said, “I am excited by the prospect of Flow Skills’ long term contribution to the development of the sport in the Caribbean. However, Flow Skills does more than simply underscore our commitment to the development of football across the region. Look at all the lives this initiative impacts for good. Emerging on top this weekend is going to be important, but what will be of even more significance will be the indelible imprint this initiative leaves on the hearts and minds of participants for years to come, regardless of whether they pursue football as a career or not. They’ll never forget this moment in time.”
“Life in Dominica has been hard and different since the hurricane, but football is still there. That didn’t change. I’m so glad that I won the Flow Skills competition. It shows that hard work can pay off and that there is always something positive to look forward to,” said 15-year old Jamal Augustine of Dominica.
“I’m really excited to be one of the three girl finalists in the Flow Skills competition. It shows that anything boys can do, girls can do too and sometimes even better,” said 14-year old Moenesa Mejias from Trinidad. “I’m looking forward to representing Trinidad & Tobago and learning some new techniques from the Manchester United coaches.”
Heading to Trinidad: Carlia Johnson and Rodondo Roach both emerged on top in Anguilla
Carlia Johnson, Anguilla, Winner 12-13 Age Group:
“Being one of only three girls to make it to the finals makes me feel very special but my goal is to make it all the way to Manchester,” said 13-year old Carlia Johnson from Anguilla.
Molly Kehoe, Cayman Islands, Winner 12-13 Age Group:
“I am excited because I can compare myself to the other two girls (rather than to compete only against boys) from different countries, and I am going to get good experience and hopefully good exposure,” said 13-year old Molly Kehoe from the Cayman Islands.
Sandals Foundation and returning guests donate sports gear to Turks and Caicos Islands Softball Federation
#TurksandCaicos, December 7, 2023 – Beaches Turks and Caicos resort returning guests, Moe Bertelsmann and family recently presented softball gear and jerseys to the Turks and Caicos Islands Softball Federation and the Sports Commission. The family along with the Sandals Foundation team made the presentation to Godfrey Been, President of the Softball Federation and Tamara Bassett, Board Member of the Sports Commission, at the opening of the High School Softball season at the Ball Park in downtown Providenciales.
The supplies, which include bats, balls, catching helmets, gloves, shin guards, hard hats, catching gear, and practice playing gear will bolster the federation’s ability to provide instructional training while allowing coaches and the players to be more prepared not only for this season but the long term.
General Manager James McAnally shared, “Guests are one of the Sandals Foundation’s greatest partners in providing support to our islands throughout the Caribbean. We are grateful to the Bertelsmann family for their donation to the Softball Federation and hope it will help in developing this fast growing sport.”
In sharing the inspiration behind the family’s donation, mother, Anne Bertelsmann noted, “as a family we are passionate about the sport of softball and the physical and mental discipline that these activities provide for our youth. When we did our research on the sport here in Turks and Caicos Islands and shared with other families and organisations, they all decided to help. My daughter Alexa even donated some of her lightly used equipment along with friends, Chris Goodfred and Tonia Martin.
Softball Federation president, Godfrey Been, in expressing his appreciation for the gifts shared, “these items came at the right time. As a federation, we have been working on introducing and improving the sports at every high school throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. With this donation, we now have gears to play practice games as well as helping our local coaches with providing for their players and being better prepared for the future. We are grateful to the Bertelsmann family and the Sandals Foundation for supporting softball here in the region. We will take this and “run” with it to get softball to where it once was, the number one sport.”
Melleisha St. Jean, catcher of the Maranatha Academy’s softball team was impressed by Alexa who joined a few players on the field and traded catching techniques. “As young players, to see Sandals Foundation and guests sharing with us and even taking the time to give us some playing tips really helped us. I am inspired to continue playing the game.”
Header: Tamara Bassett, Board Member of the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission and Godfrey Been, president of the Softball Federation accept the softball gear from the Sandals Foundation and the Bertelsmann family recently at the Ball Park downtown Providenciales.
1st insert: President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Softball Federation, Godfrey Been (left), shares a moment with Semi-professional player and Beaches Turks and Caicos guest Alexa Bertelsmann (centre) and Joddy Harvey, Sports Commission Compliance Manager discuss plans for the further partnership with the organisations
2nd insert: President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Softball Federation, Godfrey Been, expresses his satisfaction to the Sandals Foundation and the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort returning guests the Bertelsmann family for the donation of the softball gear to the federation
3rd insert: Semi-professional softball player and Beaches Turks and Caicos guest, Alexa Bertelsmann (left) goes through some catching routine with Maranatha Academy catcher Melliesha Saint-Jean at the start of the high school softball competition at the Ball Park
TCISS Inter-High School Boys Basketball 2023/24 Season Opens November 3rd
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, October 26, 2023 – Just one week after the Inter-High School Boys Football Championships, the TCISS Inter-High School Boys Basketball 2023/24 Season opens on November 3rd. Thirteen schools will be vying for the Championship title, which is currently held by the Clement Howell High School (CHHS) Eagles. CHHS defeated the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School Hawks 92-56 for the gold last season.
Each week until the Championships, there will be games on Fridays and Saturdays. Like last year, there will be away games on each island affording all teams a chance at a ‘home-court’ advantage throughout the season.
Teams introduced this season who did not compete last year are the Precious Treasures International School, TCIPS Comprehensive High School and Holy Family Academy.
2022/23 Season Top Four Ranking
- Clement Howell High School
- A. Louise Garland Thomas High School
- HJ Robinson High School
- Alpha Christian Academy
|Basketball School Pools (grouped by a draw)|
|TCIPS Comprehensive High School – TCIPS|
|Holy Family Academy – HFA|
|HJ Robinson High School – HJRHS (Mascot: Stallions)|
|Raymond Gardiner High School – RGHS (Mascot: Bulldogs)|
|British West Indies Collegiate – BWIC (Mascot: Spartans)|
|A. Louise Garland Thomas High School – ALGTHS (Mascot: Hawks)|
|Clement Howell High School – CHHS (Mascot: Eagles)|
|Precious Treasures International School – PTIS|
|Marjorie Basden High School – MBHS (Mascot: Knights)|
|Maranatha Academy – MA (Mascot: Blizzards)|
|Wesley Methodist School – WM|
|Elite High School – EHS|
|Alpha Christian Academy – ACA|
Following shortly after Basketball, the TCISS Inter-High School Girls Softball 2023/24 Season will open on November 17th. These two sports seasons will be running concurrently, allowing fans the luxury to spectate both games at the Gustarvus Lightbnourne Sports Complex and the Downtown Ballpark with one ticket.
Alumni, fans and students can purchase tickets at:
- Providenciales (Full Season): Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex, $5 for adults and $3 for children
- North Caicos (Nov 11-12): Raymond Gardiner High School, $5 for adults and $3 for children
- South Caicos (Nov 17-18): Sports Commission Basketball Court, $5 for adults and $3 for children
- Grand Turk (Dec 1-2): NJS Francis Basketball Court, $5 for adults and $3 for children
- *All dates are subject to changes
On November 17th when softball season begins, bundle tickets will be released, $8 for adults and $5 for children allowing entry to both softball and basketball with one ticket. The third place and Championship game will be live-streamed on the TCI Sports Commission Facebook page and YouTube channel.
For the full schedules, standings and results from TCISS, visit https://www.gov.tc/sports/our-events/tci-school-sports.
- TCISS Inter-High School Football Boys, TCISS Inter-High School Football Girls – September 30, 2023 – October 28, 2023 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
- TCISS Inter-High School Boys Basketball – November 3, 2023 – February 4, 2024 (All-Island)
- TCISS Inter-High School Girls Softball – November 17, 2023 – January 27, 2023 (Regular Season Games – Providenciales. Semi-finals & Championships – Parade Grounds, Grand Turk)
- Inter-High Boys and Girls Cross Country/Road Race – November 2023 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
- Inter-High Track and Field Development Meets – February 10 & 16 2024 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
- TCISS Inter-High School Track and Field Championships – February 29 – March 2, 2024 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
- TCISS Inter-Primary School Track and Field Championships – March 19-21, 2024 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
For the latest news on the TCISS, fans can follow on Instagram (@tcisportscommission) and Facebook (Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission). To share your experience with TCISS on social, use the hashtags #TCISS and #morethanjustsports.
The TCI Sports Commission takes sports development further with the three-day Sports Performance Long-Term Athlete Development Clinic
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