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Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes Statement on TCI Sports Commission Facility Safety Precautions

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PRESS RELEASE
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, February 9, 2023 – It is a travesty, the brazen act of violence that occurred in the vicinity of the Grand Turk Parade Grounds, during the HJ Robinson High School’s Sports Day yesterday, February 8th. Such an act resulted in the loss of life and a traumatic experience for those present and loved ones connected to both the victim and attendees. This is an abhorrent and vicious attack on our social fabric. The Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission (TCISC) offers its condolences to the family of the deceased and is sensitive to the trauma experienced by the students, teachers, and other community members.

While the School Sports Day occurred at a facility managed by the TCISC, the event was hosted by the HJ Robinson High School. We can confirm, however, that a reasonable security strategy was implemented by the school’s administration, based on the nature and timing of the event. Crowd control measures were in place, school security was on site and police officers were conducting periodic stops throughout the day. The TCISC gives credit to the school’s administration for their rapid response to the incident.

The Commission has an aggressive security risk strategy to safeguard athletes, officials, and spectators at ‘major’ sports events. This security strategy includes a strong continuous presence of the Royal TCI Police Force (RTCIPF), both on the inside of the venue and patrolling the surrounding area; professional security services; screening of all persons entering the premises; crowd control strategies; strictly enforced venue rules; and lock down or evacuation plans.

We must however be judicious as to what is the risk assessment at a smaller sports event such as a School Sports Day, and we must determine what reasonable level of security is required to safeguard the students and visiting spectators. We are prepared to meet with the various school administrators and the RTCIPF to conduct a risk assessment of school or community sports events.

We cannot overstate the shock experienced by the school, community, attendees, and event hosts that such a violent act could take place not just in the surrounding area of the school but also in the middle of the day, while a school event is taking place.

The TCISC is committed to working with all parties to safeguard our stakeholders and we encourage everyone to assist in the investigation of this crime.

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Let The Games Begin: Concacaf Men’s U20 Championship Qualifiers

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The young talents of the Turks and Caicos Islands Men’s U20 National Football Team are gearing up for an exciting journey at the Concacaf Men’s U20 Championship Qualifiers in Antigua. This tournament serves as a crucial platform for these budding players to showcase their skills and gain invaluable experience on the field. Placed in group B alongside tough competitors like El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, and Guyana, the team is set to face some exhilarating challenges ahead.
With 27 teams vying for victory at five different venues in Central America and the Caribbean, the atmosphere is sure to be electrifying. The action kicks off this Friday, February 23, 2024, as Turks and Caicos Islands prepare to take on El Salvador in what promises to be a thrilling match-up. Fans can catch all the excitement by tuning in to watch the games LIVE on Concacaf GO or Concacaf’s Facebook page. Get ready to witness the passion, skill, and determination of these young footballers as they embark on this remarkable journey towards their sporting dreams.
Match Schedule:
Friday February 23, 2024 9:30am El Salvador vs. Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuesday February 27, 2024 2:00pm Antigua and Barbuda vs. Turks and Caicos Islands
Thursday February 29, 2024 9:30am Turks and Caicos Islands vs. Guyana
Saturday March 2, 2024 9:30am Suriname vs. Turks and Caicos Islands

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Carlisle Supplies Embarks on Grassroots Partnership with TCIFA for Football Development

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#TCIFA#CarlisleSupplies, February 23rd, 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.”
About Carlisle Supplies:
Carlisle Supplies is a Providenciales-based distribution company of electrical, plumbing, lighting, appliance, water purification products. With a strong focus on community engagement, Carlisle Supplies actively participates in initiatives that contribute to the well-being and development of the Turks & Caicos youth.
The company prides itself on local knowledge, which has been instrumental in outfitting commercial and private spaces quickly and easily. As part of their commitment to outfitting commercial and private spaces stress-free, Carlisle Supplies takes the hassle out of ordering and receiving by supplying customers with a landed price to their island of choice. In doing so, they have set themselves apart from the competition and earned the trust and loyalty of their ever-growing customer base.
With a track record of exceptional service delivery, Carlisle Supplies is poised to continue providing the best possible solutions to all outfitting needs in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com

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TCIFA’s WALK-RUN-RIDE Returns To Aid Youth Development

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#TCIWalkRunRide#TCIFA, February 23rd,2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association and Coca Cola Walk-Run-Ride event is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and support the development of youth football in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s wonderful to see the return of this event after a hiatus brought on by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the support of Coca Cola (T&C Refreshments), this year’s event promises to be a great success.
The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 6th at 5:30 pm, meeting at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales. The impact of the Walk-Run-Ride goes beyond just a single day of activities. The funds raised will play a crucial role in organizing programs, competitions, providing travel opportunities, supplying equipment, and recognizing the achievements of young athletes. This event truly embodies the spirit of unity and support for the growth and advancement of youth football across the islands of Providenciales, Grand Turk, and South Caicos.
As we lace up our shoes, hit the ground, and enjoy the camaraderie of the Walk-Run-Ride, let’s remember that our participation is helping to shape the future of football in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and promote healthy lifestyles. Let’s stride forward with enthusiasm, knowing that every step we take is making a positive difference in the lives of young athletes and the community as a whole.
The Routes:
5K walk/run – Through TCIFA backgate, passing the National Stadium, head toward Venetian road. Take a left, continue down Venetian road, and make a U-turn at the Caicos Adventure’s entrance gate (markers will be placed). Return to TCIFA.
10K walk/run – Through TCIFA backgate, passing the National Stadium, head toward Venetian road. Take a left, continue along turtle tail road, and make a U-turn at Ocean Drive (near the lake, markers will be placed). Return to TCIFA. 37K cycle (approx. 23 miles, 1 hr 15mins ride) – Through TCIFA backgate, passing the National Stadium, head toward Venetian Road. Turn left, continue down to the very end of Turtle Tail. Return to Leeward Highway and take a right on Leeward Highway. Cross over, take a left onto Pratts Road (near business Solutions), right on Lower Bight Road, and cycle through Grace Bay. Continue toward Leeward Gate and turn right at Leeward South Gate onto Leeward Highway. Turn left at Venetian Road and return to the TCIFA National Academy.
Prize Categories:
1ST PLACE FEMALE CYCLIST
2ND PLACE FEMALE CYCLIST
1ST PLACE MALE CYCLIST
2ND PLACE MALE CYCLIST
1ST PLACE FEMALE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER/WALKER
2ND PLACE FEMALE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER/ WALKER
1ST PLACE MALE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER/ WALKER
2ND PLACE MALE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER/ WALKER
1ST PLACE FEMALE SHORT DISTANCE RUNNER/ WALKER
2ND PLACE FEMALE SHORT DISTANCE RUNNER/ WALKER
1ST PLACE MALE SHORT DISTANCE WALKER/ RUNNER
2ND PLACE MALE SHORT DISTANCE WALKER/ RUNNER
1ST PLACE FEMALE YOUTH
2ND PLACE FEMALE YOUTH
1ST PLACE MALE YOUTH
2ND PLACE MALE YOUTH

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