Acton Ealing Whistlers FC TCI Tour
Acton Ealing Whistlers (AEW) FC previously toured the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2015 playing 3 very competitive matches against a U17 representative team form the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA). Recently, AEW FC reached out to the TCIFA with a view for a second football tour, and in an act of solidarity and reflecting on the countrywide damages sustained during the 2017 hurricane season. AEW committed themselves to assist in whatever fashion they could whilst being present on the islands. They are the second team from the UK to visit Providenciales since the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria; following up on the visit of Middlesex Wanderers Football Club, this past May. During these visits, both clubs provided assistance either in the form of coaching in the TCIFA’s grassroots program or performing practical hands on work in repairing, cleaning and some maintenance to the TCIFA’s facilities.
AEW FC is a community football club based in Ealing, West London, England. Their Boys U17 football team plays in the Harrow Youth League, which is the largest grass roots youth football league in the United Kingdom. They are the winners of the U17 Premier League 2017/18 season, and runners up in the league cup and quarterfinals in the county cup, last season.
During the past week, members of AEW FC have volunteered their time and handiness to help with work around the fields. In addition to this, TCIFA hosted a 3-match tournament, intended to both prepare AEW FC for the upcoming pre-season of the Harrow Youth League, and provide the Boys U17 team of TCIFA additional playing opportunities with an international team.
Game 1: TCIFA vs. AEW FC: 6-2 in favor of AEWFC
Game 2: TCIFA vs. AEW FC: 5-0 in favor of AEWFC
Game 3: TCIFA vs. AEW FC: 4-0 in favor of TCIFA
David Osbourne, head coach of AEW FC Boys U17 team, was thrilled to be a part of this project. “It is a pleasure to be here in the Turks and Caicos. Everyone connected to the TCIFA has made us feel very welcome. Huge thanks to all the entire TCIFA staff, including the administrative, technical and maintenance departments. The whole experience has been first class and will live long in our memories. We would also like to extend our best wishes to the Islanders who have been affected by the hurricane and we send our love to you all.”