Saturday 24 October, 2020

SSFL pays tribute to Nigel Grovesnor

Nigel Grovesnor, the former St Anthony's College and Queen's Royal College coach, died last week from COVID-19.

Nigel Grovesnor, the former St Anthony's College and Queen's Royal College coach, died last week from COVID-19.

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) has issued a moving tribute to legendary youth coach Nigel Grovesnor, who passed away earlier this week.

He lost his battle with COVID-19 earlier this week, leaving behind an unprecedented legacy of success as a secondary school coach.

Grovesnor won six National Intercol and three National League titles with St Anthony's College before hanging up his coach's whistle after a stint at Queen's Royal College.

Here is the SSFL's tribute to Nigel Grovesnor:

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 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 laid 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.

The Secondary Schools Football League

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