Spotlight: Coach Ritchie
To kick off the first of our new Coach Spotlight series we bring you Coach Ritchie.
Ritchie is a former professional footballer who started his career at Manchester United working his way up through the youth ranks to make five appearances for the first team in the FA Cup and League Cup whilst playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Keane, Scholes, Rooney, Giggs, Beckham, Solskjaer, and Ferdinand.
He captained United’s Youth Cup team and was also part of the United reserve side that won four trophies in 2004–05 and three trophies in the 2005–06 season.
Ritchie played for England at every level from Under-15 to Under-20, scoring the winning goal for the Under-17 side in the Nordic Championship final in Sweden. Furthermore, he was a member of the England Under-19 squad that reached the final of the UEFA European U-19 Football Championships in July 2005, before losing out to France.
Ritchie played for a number of other clubs during his career, most notably; Hartlepool United, Oldham Athletic and Bradford City. He also enjoyed stints at Royal Antwerp in Belgium and FC Edmonton in Canada.
A bad injury forced Ritchie to retire in 2016. He holds the FA Level 2 qualification in Coaching Football and now looks forward to helping the next generation of players achieve their goals by drawing on the vast experience he acquired from his days as a professional.
If you would like to book a private coaching session with Ritchie, click on the link below which will take you to his coach profile page.