Professional Testimonials

“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.”

Chris Yiannaki

- 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.

Matt Hardiman

– GPS Massachusetts Director of Coaching , Juventus Academy Coach, Former Director of Coaching at Global Premier Soccer Massachusetts

“Rikki is a vibrant and exciting football coach, of whom I have worked alongside in a number of footballing capacities over the years. Rikki’s outlook on player development is second to none and I firmly believe that Impact Football will be a huge asset to young footballers in the East Lothian Area.”

David Rodgerson

- Head of Academy Goalkeeping, Preston North End FC

 “Rikki McNeill is an intelligent coach who has travelled all over the world to see a variety of training methods delivered by high quality coaches. I worked in partnership with Rikki in Boston, America and he was always trying to improve the game and the young players involved and he has a human talent for the development of young fútbol players. Alongside my experience of working with Rikki, he has taken a high interest to get to know the Basque methods used in areas of Spain, understanding the importance of creating a strong footballing culture within local communities.”

Jon Karega

–UEFA Pro License Coach, Atletico Bilbao Academy Coach

“Having worked and mentored Rikki in the early stages of his coaching career, he has truly encapsulated the fundamentals of developing young footballers. With an approachable personality and an eye for the finer details, his work on the pitch is second to none. Going above and beyond for all his players, is again, a key trait than has enabled the success of his coaching career and specifically his Impact Football enterprise.

Zach Clark

- Preston North End Education Tutor