Impact Football East Lothian
Our mission is to develop local young people as footballers and also people, using the vehicle of football. Our aim is to provide high quality football sessions such as group sessions, 1-to-1 private sessions and specialised programmes with our partner organisations. We aim to deliver these at an extremely affordable price, as we aim to be accessible to all, no matter what age, ability or background, there is a place at Impact Football for everyone.
Our sessions will focus on our players developing technically while also providing a platform to have fun, meet friends and also
grow in confidence as footballers and as young people. Our firm belief is that we will provide an opportunity for our players to
develop many transferable skills that will assist our players in their long term development.
Meet Our Head Coach
With a wealth of coaching experience in a wide variety of areas, Rikki McNeill has a background in coaching that has been developed directly to improve and develop young footballers, both male and female. With experience within the Preston North End Academy in 2011/12 while studying for a Foundation Degree in Football Coaching from Myerscough College, this early exposure to high quality players and coaches, provided a fantastic learning base of which Rikki has continued to develop over the years within various coaching and development positions.
A key principle of Impact Football East Lothian, is developing our key partnerships in the local community. We aim to do this buy ensuring our sessions and programmes are accessible in terms of price and ultimately high in terms of the quality. We have delivered sessions for many organisations and have also delivered sessions in local schools with young people of additional needs, ensuring that football really is accessible to all.
“Rikki is an excellent and dedicated coach who displays strong values and beliefs in his coaching. This philosophy is excellent in developing youngsters of all ages from a holistic perspective. Clearly, Rikki has the background and experience, in a footballing context, to develop football skills through his work. Through a varied and fun delivery, I believe Rikki can provide a footballing education which will develop skills in males, females and of all ages. Crucially, given his approachable manner, philosophy and attitude he will also develop better people. He will, therefore, be an excellent asset to the East Lothian area in developing football and young people.”
- Coach, Preston North End Academy Coach, Foundation Degree Football Coaching Senior Lecturer at Myerscough College and FA Tutor
“Rikki McNeill is forward thinking and modern coach who displays a passion and knowledge for the game. Rikki has a strong footballing background, to develop high level programming, invested in the improvement of players. With a varied programme of delivery, I firmly believe Rikki will provide sessions tailored to meet the needs of players both male and female of differing abilities. I truly believe from the sessions Rikki delivered with us at Global Premier Soccer, these will transmit effectively to the players partaking in the Impact Football East Lothian sessions.” “My role as the Director of Coaching at Global Premier Soccer in the USA allowed me to work closely with Rikki during his time in the states. His knowledge, passion for the game and desire to make kids better were wonderful to see. Having someone like Rikki providing his knowledge and passion to the players he works with is something that players will never forget.