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ISC Gunners G06A Player Attends id2 National Selection Camp

Coach Eddie Henderson caught up with Kami Novotny about her experience at the id2 National Training Center. 

ROUND ROCK, Texas - ISC Gunners G06A player Kami Novotny (right) attended the second id2 Training Camp of the 2019 cycle targeting boys born in 2006 and girls born in 2005.  The four day camp, held September 26-29, at the Round Rock Multiple Purpose Complex, in Round Rock TX,  gathered 51 male players and 58 female players, representing 57 clubs across 22 states ranging from Hawaii to Connecticut, to participate in daily training sessions both on the field and in the classroom.

ISC Gunners Technical Director Eddie Henderson sat down with Kami and asked about her experience at the US Club id2 Training Camp:

Coach Eddie: Overall, how would describe the whole experience...facilities, accommodations, food, gear, professionalism...etc?

Kami: The hotel was very nice and there were three girls including me in my room.  One was from Florida and the other was from Hawaii, so we were on three very different time zones, and none of us were on the Austin time zone, so that made for an interesting first couple of nights.  The food was good; breakfast was the best meal.  The other meals didn’t change too much, lots of pasta. The best part of course was the gear.  The camp was sponsored by Nike and we all received a lot of awesome gear including a nice jacket and duffle.  Also we all wore a Beyond Pulse tracker and received reports about our steps, speed, and movement throughout all the sessions.

Coach Eddie: How would you describe the overall level of the players who attended the camp and level of competitiveness?

Kami: The other players attending the camp were all very skilled. Everyone was well taught by their clubs, which helped us all learn more advanced soccer.  Being able to play and be with girls better and more skilled than me helped me put into perspective the small details in my individual game that need extra work.  Competing at the national level is something I was grateful to be able to do.

Coach Eddie: If you had to give one piece of advice to any other players who might get accepted to attend an id2 camp, what would it be?

Kami: My advice to a player who might be attending an id2 camp would be to not be afraid to mess up.  And that everyone there is in a similar boat.  I would also say that you are there to learn and grow as an individual.  Figure out how to be able to bring the knowledge back to your club team and help all the deserving players who didn’t get the chance to attend to also become better players.

Coach Eddie: What is one experience from the camp that you took away, that you won't forget as a player?

Kami: One experience from camp that was memorable was during one of the classroom sessions.  We were watching a clip of a USWNT game.  Seeing how engaged each and every person in the room was made me realize what an awesome community soccer has created.

For more about the id2 National Selection Training Camp check out this behind the scenes video: