2nd Grader RK Miller Invited to Train in Barcelona
Congratulations to 2nd grader RK Miller who has been invited to train at the FC Barcelona professional facilities in Spain this October. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at the Barca Academy
soccer camp this summer in New Orleans, Miller's performance during the week garnered the attention of fellow attendees, parents, and coaches — including the head coach from Barcelona's Nashville Soccer Academy.
However, it was not just Miller's talent that received recognition. The FC Barcelona Camps are based on the "Barça Way" which includes a creative and attacking brand of football, but also the promotion of positive values such as respect, effort, ambition, teamwork and humility. Miller was named top player for both talent and values out of the 100 attendees at camp and received a Leo Messi jersey — his favorite player — from the official store in Barcelona. "I am proud and excited for this young boy. His work ethic when he decides he wants something is unparalleled. He is better at this soccer thing than I am at anything," said his father Ray-Scott Miller. "The talent is fun, but what I am most impressed with is the RK’s ability to focus and the intense effort with which he approaches his passions."
His effort did not go unnoticed by those within the Barca organization either. A few weeks after returning from camp, Miller received a letter inviting him to train in Barcelona with Official Barca Academy coaches on the same fields that have produced the greatest talents such as Messi, Piqué, and Jordi Alba later this Fall. He will have the opportunity to stay at Academy dorms, tour the historic Cam Now arena, see the top players from the team play in a real game, and go on cultural trips in Barcelona. However, when asked what he is most excited about for his trip, Miller simply responded: "Messi trained on the same soccer field and he is the best in the world. I want to be the best in the world." Good luck, RK!