The death of celebrated secondary schools football coach Nigel Grosvenor has continued to draw public reaction.
Yesterday, the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) issued its own tribute to the man who sat on the benches of both St Anthony’s and Queen’s Royal College.
The SSFL tribute stated: The legacy of coach Nigel Grosvenor left a lasting impression on many people in the Secondary Schools Football League community and beyond.
At the SSFL 50th Anniversary Ceremony in 2016, Grosvenor was recognised for his accomplishments and service in the League which ended with him winning six National InterCol and three National League titles as head coach of St Anthony’s College. He later went on to coach Queen’s Royal College.
We all witnessed the deep passion he had toward the sport and the great love he had for his players, shine through in everything he did.
As we got to know him better it became abundantly clear that he did not do it to make a name for himself (which happened anyway) or to win championships (which his teams did anyway). Instead, he wanted to shape young individuals to act as leaders.
Grosvenor had the gift of understanding the teenage spirit. And therein lay his secret to success. He had high expectations of his teams and he pushed his players to realise their dreams.
We thank him for sacrificing his time at the dinner table with his family in order to make it to practice and matches with his teams.
Thank you “Grovey” for pushing players outside of their comfort zones in order to show them that sometimes their comfort zones were hurting them from being the successful athletes they had the potential to become. Thank you for teaching players how to compete and hold a competitive mindset but never allowing themselves to be sore losers.The SSFL will always remember you Nigel Grosvenor. May your soul rest in eternal peace.