Tomorrow, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open St George's Park (SGP), the FA's new £100million state-of-the-art coaching hub near Burton.
SGP will be responsible for coaching the coaches, and ensuring the grass-roots game has access to the best facilities in an effort to trigger across-the-board improvement that should eventually have a positive impact on the Premier League.
Yet Neville, who took part in a session with local youngsters along with former Manchester United coach Eric Harrison at SGP this morning, has cautioned against expecting too much too soon.
"There is no quick fix," said Neville.
"People will be sceptical about SGP, as they are about everything in life.
"But you don't just pluck a player from the top of a tree.
"We know the percentage number of English players is decreasing. The only way to get that back is by supporting the grass roots of the game.
"You may only get the benefits from initiatives like this in the next five years and beyond.
"It is about dealing with children. We want the kids to get the correct information to become better players and better people."
The FA and McDonald's Community Awards programme is aimed at recognising the impact of volunteers from across England and will culminate in a ceremony at Wembley on Friday.
It is those volunteers SGP aims to help.
Though he reached the very top of his profession, appearing 85 times for England in a career that also brought him eight Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph in 1999, Neville has never forgotten his own introduction into the game.
Nor does he underestimate the impact coaches have on young players, which is why Neville is desperate to raise standards.
"I was very lucky," he said.
"In my formative years at school and with my Saturday and Sunday teams I was surrounded by people who had a good understanding of the game.
"A lot of fans do understand what is happening. But the idea of how to deliver it is completely different.
"We have to make sure we expose as many people to SGP to get more and better coaches.
"It is not the knowledge base. It is how you get it into the children.
"You must have patience. You've got to repeat your message continuously.
"The best coaches I had worked to the theory of repetition. You need to promote simple messages consistently. You can't complicate coaching."
Once the ribbons have been cut on Tuesday, Roy Hodgson and his players will take centre stage as they prepare for their meeting with San Marino at Wembley on Friday.
"It is a huge week for the FA," Neville added.
"It has been a long-term ambition to have a National Football Centre and this is the best I have seen.
"The quality of the facility and the scale of it is absolutely wonderful.
"It will support the England team on Friday. But it is the long term that is most important."