October 2, 2020 – Updated 3:51 p.m. PT
It was great to see everyone again last Sunday at Kelley Farms for our September Surf Academy training! Despite the delay of a week due to smoke and fires in the area around Kelley Farms on our originally scheduled training date, we had a beautiful day for training and a fantastic turnout on the field. I want to give a huge Thank You to all of the parent volunteers who came out to help our administrative staff to make the rescheduled event run so smoothly!!
This has also been an exciting week for our PSPL Surf Academy family as two of our players have been offered an opportunity to travel overseas to train, compete and go to school with the International Soccer Academy in Mallorca, Spain for the next three months. Marcos Bravo and Michael Divano from our B04 Program left on Sunday for Spain and will live, go to school and play in a professional development environment run by German Bundesliga and Spanish La Liga Academy coaches and staff through the end of the year.
Marcos and Michael have earned this opportunity by being important leaders, both on the field with their Academy team and in their respective communities.
Marcos Bravo, from Wenatchee, has been a top performer with the Academy B04 Program under Coach Peter Osborn for the past several years. Marcos is a fantastic young man. His dedication to the game, to his team, to training and to his family make him stand out as person. His athleticism, speed, quickness and agility make him stand out on the field, even among elite performers. Marcos is a versatile player who is able to contribute as a forward, a winger or an attacking midfield player. His understanding of the game allows him to move and manipulate defenders to create space for himself and his teammates and he is equally adept at scoring goals and providing assists.
Michael Divano, from Poulsbo, also plays for Coach Peter Osborn on our Academy B04 team. Michael is a natural goal scorer. As a small #9, has developed amazing craftiness and creativity and loves taking on defenders with the ball. He has the ability and the mentality to score the most unexpected goals and is always a threat in front of goal. His passion for the game and his work rate are exemplary and he thrives in the most challenging environments. While he is one of the youngest players in his age group, he has consistently been one of the scrappiest! I am confident that he will make the most of the opportunity to train and play in Spain this fall.
Both of these players personify the spirit, determination and hard work that it takes to succeed at higher levels of the game: the spirit that we strive to maintain within our Academy Program. Both bring a superior work rate and attitude to training and lead by example within their teams. Both Michael and Marcos extend their determination and hard work beyond the field as successful students and members of their communities and I am excited to celebrate their opportunity with you.
With the experiences that they will gain in the next three months in Spain, they will bring back a wealth of knowledge that will expand the level of play for our B04 Program and will add to the allure of our entire Academy. All of our teams will benefit from the added attention that this will bring from college scouts and potential new players!
Stories like this get the attention of college coaches and scouts, so it is important for all of our high school age players to continue to build your player resume, update your Scouting Zone profile and follow along with our monthly Academy College Prep meetings so that you are ready to take advantage of the opportunities that come when coaches start to look more closely at our program. Be sure to upload your resume and college lists to your file in your Academy team’s SharePoint site so that your coach can support you easily when college coaches call. Watch the College Prep meeting videos on your team’s SharePoint site (in the Videos section) if you are not able to join in live and follow the recommendations at the conclusion of the programs each month. If you do the work now, we will have you ready to be seen and scouted by college coaches as soon as we hit the road again!
We are excited to see all of our players pursuing their dreams to play at a higher level and I hope that Marcos and Michael’s story will inspire you to keep working hard! We will keep you informed, when we hear from them, about their trip and I look forward to celebrating more successes from our players in the future. Will YOU be next?
My best wishes to you and your family,
— Erik Oman, PSPL Surf Academy Director