Solihull Moors have announced that Riccardo Scimeca has joined the youth development arm of the club as head of youth coaching.
He will work with both Marcus Bignot and head of youth development, Mark Fogarty, to help pull all the youth and junior teams in the same direction, promoting the club’s philosophy of doing things ‘The Moors Way’. Riccardo retired from senior football in 2010, after over 400 games for Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City.
Born in Leamington in 1975 he was spotted at the age of 10 by Villa and progressed through their Academy before making 73 appearances for them. He represented the England B team in 1998. Since his retirement through injury, Riccardo has turned to property investment as his main vocation but, when his son started playing for Moors Under-13s, it was not long before he was asked to lend a hand to help with coaching. Both Bignot and Fogarty were quick to see how his experience and talent could be used on a much wider basis within the development section.
Riccardo explained: “I am amazed at how much has been achieved at Moors over a relatively short period.
“There is so much pressure on youngsters to achieve in football but I want to temper this with an understanding that the game is essentially about enjoying it. This breeds confidence, particularly with younger players, alongside learning the basics of the game this will help develop the player.
“If I can help develop the grassroots, I believe with the set-up and the quality of coaches involved at Moors, we can potentially give players better opportunities to fulfil their ambitions in the game.”