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Ollie Cooper is honoured

1 year ago By Pitchside View

THE INAUGURAL Simon Grabowski Memorial Award has been presented to Peacehaven & Telscombe Youth under 12s player Ollie Cooper.

Simon Grabowski was a Peacehaven player through and through, who represented the club from under 8s in 1993 all the way to the senior teams in the mid-2000s.

He played for the first team two days before he died tragically in a car accident in 2005, aged 18.

This new award in Simon's memory has been set up to recognise triumph against adversity within the Peacehaven & Telscombe Youth ranks, and this year's winner certainly fits the bill.

Under 12s manager and Community Club board member Clive Blunt said: “I have nominated Ollie Cooper for the Simon Grabowski award because at the start of the season he became unwell and started having small seizures, sometimes even during football matches.”

Blunt continued: “After a considerable time and a few miss diagnosis and some worrying times for his family, Ollie was found to have a brain tumour. Throughout this time Ollie still wanted to play the sport he loves and never once complained.”

“I'm really pleased to say that he has been treated and continues to make a full recovery but the bravery and determination Ollie showed is the reason I nominated him for this special award.”

Ollie's award and £100 football boot voucher was presented by Peacehaven & Telscombe FC board member and former player, Ben Cove, who played alongside Simon Grabowski from 2002-2005.

"It was a great pleasure to present Ollie with the first of what will be an annual award for Peacehaven & Telscombe Youth players moving forwards," said Cove.

"Of all the boys nominated, Ollie's determination, spirit and passion for football and Peacehaven & Telscombe Youth FC really stood out. Congratulations Ollie."

Peacehaven & Telscombe FC host the Simon Grabowski Memorial 5-a-side tournament every summer, raising money for his memorial fund.

This year it takes place on Sunday July 16. For more information visit

Updated 09:35 - 18 May 2017 by Pitchside View

Where next?

AGM TONIGHT Tuesday June 20 THIS meeting will also herald the first anniversary of the football club becoming a fan-owned Community Football Club.
Tournament voted a resounding success THE FIRST youth tournament staged at the Unibet Arena in six years was a spectacular success.


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