Tributes for a Legend: Nigel Grosvenor passes away
Former coach for the St Anthony's Tigers, Nigel Grosvenor.
Former football coach for St Anthony’s College and Queen’s Royal College, Nigel ‘Grovey’ Grosvenor, has died.
Grosvenor was known in the local football community as a legend for his work in youth leagues throughout the country. He played an instrumental role in the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading football stars.
The treasured coach died this morning after battling with COVID-19 for more than a month.
Kenwyne Jones, a former national player, posted his condolences to Twitter.
S.I.P Grovey .........— Kenwyne J Jones (@kenwynejonestt) September 25, 2020
My G..... pic.twitter.com/SxFQ42Zk0F— Kenwyne J Jones (@kenwynejonestt) September 25, 2020
Another former national player, Abiola Clarence, described Grosvenor as a father figure and teacher.
This man was one of the most influential figures in my life he was a teacher, coach, friend and father figure to myself and many others. We shared so many great memories together and I and forever thankful. My condolences goes out to the Grosvenor family. RIP #Grovey #Tigers pic.twitter.com/GQL8n0Svrp— Abiola Clarence (@Abi023) September 25, 2020
Former Minister of Sport, Anil Roberts, also took to Facebook to share his thoughts on Grosvenor’s passing.
“You know what makes a great coach? When you see an athlete and your initial reaction is ‘My goodness, this child should really study hard, go to school and get 10 ones. No co-ordination, no athletic ability, no fitness, wrong body type, high body fat percentage. A great coach turns that non-athlete into a good athlete.
“Nigel Grosvenor was a great coach,” he said.
Roberts recalled that Grosvenor was able to take players, who seemingly had no future, all the way to the national squad where they would represent Trinidad and Tobago on the international stage.
Grosvenor has been described as one of the greatest coaches in Trinidad and Tobago.