"Last summer I asked my daughter's club coach for some private coaches we might approach for more intense one-on-one training. At the top of his list by far was Andrea Neil. We were fortunate that Andrea was available and we have never looked back. For any parent, having a child you think might excel in any way is special. Finding someone who agrees with you and can take that and give them new and better ways to achieve their goal is a rare thing. There is an almost zen-like calmness and humility about Andrea, presumably borne of her vast experience at all levels of the game. I have seen my daughter grow into a confident leader on field and a skilled technical player able to take control of a situation and deliver under pressure. She will continue to work with Andrea whenever possible, and any player that wants to raise themselves to another level in the sport of soccer won’t find anyone better to guide them on that path."
“There is something about Andrea. She approaches coaching in a different way than most other coaches we have met. She takes time to know the individual, what they feel they need to work on. She is very authentic, with suggestions and commentary coming from her heart. There is zero ego in what she does. She delivers her coaching in a way that players know she is trying to help them realize their potential. They are given the opportunity to be the best version of themselves on the pitch. The safety of Andrea’s feedback, coupled with her nature and her clear passion for how much she cares about each player is why I want Andrea involved in my daughter’s life. As an accomplished athlete, a coach and as a mentor. She is someone with whom my daughter can talk honestly and openly with at 14. Her sincerity and authenticity is what shines. Andrea is as interested in how your child is doing as a human being, as how well they are doing as a soccer player.”
"When I first started working with Andrea it was very different from all my previous training. I was surprised with how technical it was. For example, she took a simple kick and broke it into a bunch of smaller movements and motions. When I seemed a bit overwhelmed she took me for a slow walk during a water break and explained the process in a different way, at the same time making me feel more in control and able to understand the concept. This is an example of how she coaches the whole player, not just the on-field aspects. She looks at the player and works with whatever she thinks needs the attention, whether physical, emotional, technical, mental, or tactical. She has made me a better player, both at my own position and within my team."
Phoebe (U15 Player)
"Working with Andrea has been really rewarding. I really enjoy the coaching courses that I have taken, but Andrea offers things that you can’t get through them. She goes much, much deeper into the technical aspects of soccer and the fine details of execution of skills. Moreover, she makes you feel very comfortable and takes you into whatever you are interested in. It is really geared to what you want to learn, and she never makes you feel like you are asking a basic question. I wasn’t sure how it would go working on-line with her, but in some ways, it has been better than doing it in person. She records the sessions and then sends them to me. That allows me to go back and review everything we cover (usually it is a lot), so I don’t miss things or can ask about them in the next session. I’m very comfortable working with Andrea and love how she is focused on growing the individual as a person, not just as a soccer player. It comes across in everything she does and talks about."
Christine (on-line mentee)
"I’ve known Andrea for about 6 years now and had the pleasure of coaching with her at UBC for two seasons. As a mentor and dear friend, Andrea has been instrumental in my development as a coach and more importantly my own personal growth – she simply makes you want to be a better person, on and off the field. Her strong technical competencies are complimented by her kindness, which is a combination we need more coaches to possess. Any success I have achieved and will achieve is a credit to Andrea’s leadership and support. I couldn’t recommend anyone better to help you through your coaching journey."