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TCI: National Sports Report from Director Forbes points to greater synergy, significant projects and training support

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#Providenciales, May 21, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – TCI National Sports Meeting 2019:

First quarter National Sport Governing Body Meeting was held on May 16th at 6pm at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex in Providenciales.  

Eleven of Seventeen Registered National Sport Governing Bodies along with member clubs were in attendance. 

Among those present were: 

Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association; Turks and Caicos Islands Basketball Federation; Turks and Caicos National Softball Federation; Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association; Turks and Caicos Cycling Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Fitness and Body Building Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union; Turks and Caicos Islands Swim Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Volleyball Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Cricket Association; Turks and Caicos Commonwealth Games Association and Newly formed, Provo Netball Club. 

Not present were:

The Turks and Caicos National Darts Association; Turks and Caicos Islands Tennis Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Golf Association; Turks & Caicos Boxing Federation; Turks & Caicos Islands Sailing Association; Turks and Caicos Islands Weightlifting Federation.

According to Sport Director, Jarrett Forbes, “We are excited that this financial year will be one of significant growth in sports in the TCI. The Department is looking forward to working with the various National Sport Governing Bodies to build on what has been done and create a sports system that encourages participation, preparation, competition and excellence.”

Department Officials presented to the various sporting bodies the Government’s Sport Objectives, Strategies and Priorities for the 2019-20 Financial Year. Among the topics discussed were:

The role of Government:

• Access to Government Facilities  

• Inter Scholastic Competition 

• Coaches and Official Development Funding 

• Sport Programme Funding

• Elite Athlete Training and Competition Funding

• Athletic Scholarship Funding 

• Funding Country Representation at International Games 

The role of National Sport Governing Bodies: 

• Coaching and Officiating Development

• Talent Identification and Athlete Development (Grassroots / Youth / Adult)

• Elite Athlete Programme

• National Team Selection 

• Local Organized Competition

• International Competition

The Relationship between Government and National Sport Governing Bodies:

• Good Standing with TCIG 

• Strategic Planning

• Grant Funding 

• Promotion of Sports 

• Technical Support

There were vigorous discussions as Sport personnel voiced challenges and solutions and ultimately suggested ideas on how to advance sports in the TCI.  

Department of Sport Officials highlighted that priority spending for the 2019-20 financial year will be: 

• Coaching and Officiating Development 

• Grassroots and Youth Development Programmes 

• Inter Scholastic Competition 

• Facility Refurbishment and Access

• Elite Athlete Training and Competition Support

There are numerous projects that were approved in the 2018-19 budget that will be realized over the next 3 – 6 months. Projects such as the following:

• Sports Equipment for all Public Primary and Secondary Schools

• New Backboards and Rims for South Caicos Community Basketball Court

• The Development of a High-Performance Training Centre with recovery room at the Down Town Ball Park

• Installation of new sport equipment at various sports facilities across the TCI

• Upgrades to the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex

• Free Level One Coaching Training Courses; available to all islands 

• Refurbishment of the Grand Turk Parade Grounds

In the 2019 -20 Financial year, funding has been approved for the following:

• Refurbishment of outdoor basketball courts across the TCI: Five Cays Basketball Court in Providenciales; Raymond Gardiner Basketball Court in North Caicos and West Road Basketball Court in Grand Turk

• Installation of dusk to dawn lights at numerous outdoor basketball courts across the TCI

• Continuation of works to Leeward Palms Green Park

• Development of Green Park in Chalk Sound 

• Repairs to the National Stadium

• Repairs to the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex

• Free Level One Officials Training Course for Four Sport Disciplines

Provided by the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Sports

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Educational Aids Strengthen Learning Experience for Provo Students

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Scores of students in Providenciales will benefit from back-to-school supplies donated by Sandals Foundation Ambassadors at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort, strengthening the instructional process in four schools at the start of the new school term.

More than 2,000 students from Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron, Oseta Jolly and the Thelma Lightbourne Primary Schools were presented with a generous supply of educational materials including notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, knapsacks, reading material, sports gear and musical instruments from members of the philanthropic arm of the family all-inclusive resort. While sharing the gratitude for the gifts received, the leaders at the various institutions lauded the efforts of the more than 20 volunteers on hand.

Neekimo King, Principal of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School shared, “Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation over the years have adopted our institution as their own. These reading books will go a far way in increasing our library stock and improving literacy among the students while the physical education and the guidance counseling units have received lots of materials to bolster the learning experience for our students.”

Sophia Garland, Principal of the Enid Capron Primary School was equally elated as she expressed how beneficial resources will be for the teaching and learning process.

“These supplies, including the books, will definitely aid in increasing literacy amongst the students and the many teaching aids that we have been received will create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.”

In sharing with the schools, James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches resort noted, “Sandals Foundation and the resort remain committed to the development of the education of our children, the environment and the communities in which we operate. These four government operated primary schools were identified for these supplies to help in fostering their academic and extra-curricular growth.”

McAnally continued, “A big thank you to the Sandals Foundation Ambassadors who came out and helped with making these distributions possible.”

Vice principal of the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Diana Dean, also expressed gratitude noting, “With these tools, I am sure the students will be excited about learning and the teachers will be better equipped to deliver the lessons.”

The Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort have long been supporters of education and community development in Turks and Caicos, donating to a number of schools and youth sports programmes. Since 2011, the organisations have been assisting students at Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron Primary Schools and other schools across the islands in their holistic development by providing educational supplies and the opportunity for Sandals and Beaches resorts guests to meaningfully engage with the students through a weekly literacy enhancement programme, hosted in partnership with Island Routes Tours – Reading Road Trip.

 

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Header: Staff and students from the Enid Capron Primary School share a moment for the cameras with members of the Sandals Foundation team as the school received educational items from the Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation.

Insert: James McAnally, General Manager, Beaches Turks and Caicos (front left) makes a presentation to members of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School recently with sporting gear and educational items looking on are members of the Sandals Foundation team, Sesame Street Character

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PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.

 The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.

 As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.

 The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.

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Murder Victim Identified

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have identified Ervin Glinton of Sand Bar Street, Five Cays, as the male who was shot dead on January 24th .

Based on preliminary reports, at around 3pm, the Police Control Room  received a call from a resident stating that gunshots were being heard in Five Cays.

RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found Glinton’s lifeless body lying face down on the ground, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or  any illegal activity anonymously.

Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.

The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.

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