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Carlisle Supplies Embarks on Grassroots Partnership with TCIFA for Football Development

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 – We are delighted to announce TCIFA’s partnership with Carlisle Supplies. As a proud member of the community, Carlisle Supplies recognizes the importance of investing in initiatives that contribute to the growth and well-being of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The TCIFA grassroots football development program plays a pivotal role in nurturing young talent, fostering sportsmanship, and instilling valuable life skills in the youth of Turks and Caicos. Carlisle Supplies is thrilled to be associated with the grassroots program of Providenciales and believes in the power of sports to bring communities together.

“We are incredibly proud to support the TCIFA grassroots football development program,” said Pierre Magnier, Managing Director of Carlisle Supplies. “As a dedicated member of the community, we understand the significance of empowering the younger generation through sports. The TCIFA is an integral part of the local community, and we are honored to contribute to its mission of promoting football at the grassroots level.”

This collaboration underscores our mutual commitment to fostering youth sports, developing talented young athletes, and promoing healthy lifestyles among youth in our community. By supporting the TCIFA grassroots football development program, Carlisle Supplies aims to inspire the next generation of athletes and contribute to the overall well-being of the Turks and Caicos community.

TCIFA General Secretary Oliver Smith also shared his thoughts, “I want to express my gratitude for the sponsorship provided by Carlisle Supplies. This sponsorship not only helps our association purchase player kits and equipment for developing players but also sends a message to the players that the community believes in them and their talents and is willing to invest in them. Therefore, I thank Carlisle Supplies for their generous support and belief in our youth.”

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TCIFA Celebrates Long-Serving Employees

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In a heartwarming tribute to dedication and loyalty, the TCIFA celebrates its long-serving employees. These employees have not only contributed their valuable skills and expertise but have also shown unwavering support and passion for their work. As we honour their years of service, we also acknowledge the invaluable impact they have had on shaping the culture and success of TCIFA. Their resilience, hard work, and positive attitude serve as an inspiration to us all, reflecting the true spirit of teamwork and excellence that defines our organisation.

Taking on a new career adventure, ten years ago, Candia Ewing joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association with a background in pre-medicine and considerable knowledge in the medical and dental fields. Initially assuming the role of administrative assistant at TCIFA, she later took on the responsibilities of Acting General Secretary during the crucial period of Sonia Fulford’s Presidency transition. Over time, Candia went on to become the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Her creative flair and strategic approach brought a fresh perspective to the FA, enhancing its public image and engagement with stakeholders. Eventually, in addition to this role, she undertook the position of Office Manager. In her multifaceted capacity, Candia fulfils various duties, such as overseeing the organisation and execution of matches and events, managing travel arrangements for national teams, and handling a myriad of tasks essential to the smooth daily operations of the FA. Her dedication, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to excellence make her an invaluable asset to the TCIFA and a true inspiration to aspiring professionals in the field of sports administration.

“In 2014, I discovered a whole new world within the TCIFA, filled with passion, dedication, and teamwork. Initially, there wasn’t much familiarity with the game aside from occasionally watching my mother and sister play. This gave me a unique perspective; but working within TCIFA broadened my horizons and deepened my appreciation. With that being said, my journey has been nothing short of transformative. Every day, I am surrounded by individuals who share a love for football, immersed in an environment brimming with enthusiasm and unity, and it is truly inspiring. While I may have started off as a very reserved person, football has helped me find my voice and a place in a world full of vibrant personalities and stories waiting to be shared.” Candia remarked, “Looking forward, I am enthusiastic about continuing on this illuminated path that football has set before me. Each person who loves football contributes to the rich tapestry of this sport. It is a testament to its inclusive nature that there is a place for everyone, regardless of their background, gender, age, or ability.”

From her early days as a player in the Football Development Programs to representing the U15, U17, and Women’s national teams, Olivia Graveley’s passion for the sport has been unwavering. Transitioning into a role as a Youth Development Officer at the TCIFA, in 2014, was just the beginning of her impactful career in football. Her dedication and expertise led her to the position of Head Coaching Development Officer, where she played an important role in shaping the future of football in the TCI. Consequently, as the Deputy Women’s Director, Olivia continued to break barriers and pave the way for women in football. Her commitment to the sport and her leadership skills did not go unnoticed, as she now holds the prestigious role of Director of the Grand Turk Football Program. With her U.S. and Concacaf C Licenses, Olivia continues to inspire and empower the next generation of football enthusiasts. Moreover, she holds a position as a member of the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Committee. Notably, she is the visionary behind #GOAM (Girls On A Mission), a collective of young female leaders devoted to community service in the TCI region, and an initiative that aims to empower women through various projects and workshops, underpinned by values of service. Her narrative exemplifies the profound impact of perseverance, diligence, and an unwavering passion for a sport that transcends boundaries.

“Football has been a part of my life for almost all my life,” Olivia reflects, showcasing her deep connection to the beautiful game. “From the early days of kicking a ball around with friends to the adrenaline rush of playing competitively on the field and coaching, football has been a constant source of joy and excitement for me. The beautiful game has taught me the value of teamwork, discipline, and perseverance. It has a way of bringing people together and creating unforgettable memories. I am reminded of the passion and love that has fueled my journey with this sport. Football isn’t just a game to me; it’s a part of who I am, shaping my character and providing endless opportunities for growth and camaraderie. I am very grateful for the invaluable years of growth and development experienced within TCIFA.”

From the humble beginnings at Tropical Plaza to the bustling headquarters of today, Fritz Elvariste has been a pillar of support for football at the TCIFA. His expertise in grounds maintenance and active involvement in various football activities, both within the FA and the Sharks Football Club, exhibits his deep love for the sport. Fritz has fulfilled multiple roles, serving as the groundskeeper, equipment manager, driver, player, coach, and referee, showcasing remarkable versatility and unwavering dedication to the sport. His passion for the game can be traced back to his roots at Violette Athlete Club in Haiti, underlining his lifelong connection to football.

Fritz’s infectious enthusiasm and optimistic outlook shine through his words, “Football holds a special place in my heart.” His joy in his work and gratitude for being part of TCIFA is palpable. He frequently articulates that his colleagues serve as an enduring wellspring of motivation and inspiration. For Fritz, football is a lifelong passion that continues to fuel his dedication and bring him immense happiness. He thrives on the energy of the game, finding solace in the rhythm of each moving component.

TCIFA President, Sonia Fulford, commented, “The dedication and commitment shown by by our employees are truly commendable. Candia, Olivia and Fritz embody the very essence of loyalty and expertise within the association. As we mark their milestones of 10 (in the case of Candia and Olivia) and 24 years (in the case of Fritz) respectively, we reflect on the invaluable contributions they have made to the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association. Their unwavering passion for their work has not only shaped the organization but has also inspired others around them. Their commitment and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and we are immensely grateful for everything they do. Here’s to celebrating these remarkable individuals and looking forward to many more years of success and collaboration ahead. Congratulations on this significant milestone, and may their passions continue to drive them to even greater achievements in the years to come.”

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TCIFA Resumes Special Education Football Training Program

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The Special Education Football Training Program is back! 

 

The beauty of sports should be experienced by all children despite any differences that may arise. One of the most important aspects of sports is diversity. Every sport should be accepting of cultural, religious and biological differences. The TCIFA Special Education Football Training Program isn’t just accepting of differences but also embraces them. Coaches Ava Robertson and Bertha-Lee Belle possess great experience in coaching children with Down syndrome, autism, and physical disabilities.

The program offers children with special needs the chance to partake in the sport of football within an environment tailored to accommodate their specific requirements. It is led by Coaches Ava Robertson and Berthalee Belle who both possess a strong passion for reaching special needs children and providing them with a fun, suitable environment to play in.

The process for joining the Special Ed. Training sessions require that parents of each child fill out the TCIFA registration form, and sign a waiver. Parents are allowed to register without submitting a donation immediately. Football kits will be received by parents once they are available. Training times are from 4:00pm to 5:00pm during daylight savings time, and 3:00pm to 4:00pm during standard time. They involve football techniques like controlling, receiving, passing, shooting and dribbling, with wach session ending with small sided games.

The Special Education Football Training Program accommodates children as young as 5 years old, extending to teenagers. Moreover, it emphasizes fundamental values like following directions, fostering teamwork, promoting tolerance, respect, and self-care within the curriculum to the fullest extent possible.

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas, April 15, 2024 – After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10-year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time.

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics.

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five Olympic-calibre events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.

Distinctly, the top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the 2024 Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 heats and five finals, across those five events.

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’.

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke.

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1,600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium.

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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