riccardo de vivo

First Team Coach

  • Date Joined: 18th December 2016
A player-focused and results-driven professional with extensive experience coaching, managing and developing elite academy and senior first team players across the UK, Europe and Asia, with demonstrable experience building high performance teams capable of taking on board tactical instruction in pursuit of domestic and international achievements.

Naturally incorporates elements of strength and conditioning into training to enhance the physical preparation and athletic performance of players, ensuring teams have the necessary resources to not only develop but also play to their potential.

A visible leader and approachable manager able to gain the buy-in of players by building a personal rapport, instilling a culture amongst squads that promotes hard work, teamwork and a commitment to supporting a collective club philosophy.
riccardo de vivo


  • : Level 3 Fitness Diploma (Fitness Instrutor/Personal Trainer)

    Level 3 Fitness Diploma (Fitness Instrutor/Personal Trainer)

  • FA: FA Youth Module 1 & 2

    FA Youth Module 1 & 2

  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

  • LMA: Creating a Culture of Excellence

    Creating a Culture of Excellence

  • The Fitness Company: Level 3 Nutrition

    The Fitness Company
    Level 3 Nutrition

  • Staffordshire University: MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology

    Staffordshire University
    MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology

  • FA: First Aid in Football

    First Aid in Football

  • FA: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Certificate

    Level 2 & 3 Coaching Certificate

  • FA: Child Protection Training

    Child Protection Training

  • University Of Johannesburg: BA Sports Psychology

    University Of Johannesburg
    BA Sports Psychology

  • SAFA: Introduction to Football Coaching

    Introduction to Football Coaching

  • St Mary’s University: MSc Strength & Conditioning

    St Mary’s University
    MSc Strength & Conditioning

Career History

  • Braintree Town FC

    Braintree Town FC
    First Team Coach / Fitness Coach
    2016 – 2017

  • Whitstable Town FC

    Whitstable Town FC
    Assistant Manager
    2015 – 2015

  • Western United FC

    Western United FC
    First Team Manager
    2015 – 2015

  • Buckswood Football Academy

    Buckswood Football Academy
    Strength & Conditioning / Football Coach
    2015 – 2015

  • Abha FC

    Abha FC
    First Team Manager
    2014 – 2015

  • FC Dinamo Tbilisi

    FC Dinamo Tbilisi
    First Team Strength & Conditioning Coach
    2013 – 2014

  • FC Dinamo Tbilisi

    FC Dinamo Tbilisi
    Head of Academy Fitness/Assistant Manager/Strength & Conditioning Coach
    2013 – 2013

  • Grays Athletic

    Grays Athletic
    First Team Coach / Strength & Conditioning Coach
    2011 – 2013

  • Dover Athletic FC

    Dover Athletic FC
    U14 & U16 Football Coach
    2011 – 2013

  • Kent University

    Kent University
    Ladies First Team Manager
    2009 – 2012

  • First Class Coaching

    First Class Coaching
    Football Coach
    2009 – 2009

  • Ashford Town FC

    Ashford Town FC
    U18 Manager / Assistant Manager
    2008 – 2010

  • Hythe

    U18 Coach
    2007 – 2008

Key Achievements

  • Western United First Team were runners-up in the Solomon Island Telekom Cup in the 2014/15 season
  • Integrated a mixed team of foreign and local players at Western United to compete in their first Champions League finals
  • While at Abha FC, was the youngest foreign manager in the Saudi League and contributed to the development and progress of several U18 players into the first team while ensuring survival on a minimal budget
  • At Dinamo Tbilisi, won the Georgian Umagelesi Championship, Georgian Cup and Georgian Super Cup runners up in 2013/14
  • Seven players from the FC Dinamo Tbilisi first team were called up to represent their respective national team
  • While at FC Dinamo Tbilisi, all U6 to U23 academy teams won their respective leagues
  • Grays Athletic won the Ryman League North in 2011/12 and all U8 - U14 Academy teams won their league in 2012/13
  • Kent University achieved back to back promotions in 2010 and 2011, and remained in the first league until Riccardo’s departure
  • Progressed six Ashford Town U18 players into the reserves and first team competing in the Ryman Premier League
  • Won the East Youth League and League Cup in the same year at Hythe
  • introductory vlog

    Riccardo De Vivo

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