On his return from id2 Training Camp, Kobe Norfleet was excited to share his incredible experience as one of the nation’s elite youth soccer players participating in a unique training and talent identification program. He was referred for the program by his coaches at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development Academy, and after being scouted by national id2 Camp coaches, he was one of just two Pennsylvania players selected to attend a training camp this past April in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kobe’s national training opportunity allowed him to showcase his skills over a four-day period to top coaches from across the United States.

His schedule was rigorous! Each day began with a team breakfast followed by an intense morning training session. Next came the chance to hear the first-hand experiences of guest speakers and engage in team-building activities with other players. Kobe enjoyed the high level of interaction with coaches that happened off the field at mid-day. In the evening, all players were split into four groups to play matches before dinner and a bit of downtime. Lights were turned out promptly at 9:30 p.m. for the athletes to rest up and prepare for training early the next morning.

Said Kobe, “My favorite part was [getting to] experience a national camp, and the different players I met.” He assured me that he would look forward to another camp if invited to attend again in the future, “Definitely. Without a doubt.”

Well done, Kobe Norfleet! To learn more about the id2 National Identification and Development Program, visit US Club Soccer on the web