13-year-old Scappoose soccer player hopes to attend camp in Spain
He may not ever play soccer for the world-famous Barcelona football club, but Grayson Miner, of Scappoose, may get a chance to attend a soccer camp in Spain put on by Barcelona.
In describing his son's talents, Jason Miner said, "Unfortunately, he came from two parents that have no experience in soccer. We tried him out in a couple of other sports. The only three that he's ever really latched onto have been soccer, basketball and track."
For 13-year-old Grayson, soccer was love at first sight.
"From pretty much the first time that we put him on a soccer field, he just fell in love with it," Miner said. "He had an instant competitive spirit and aggression that came to the forefront immediately."
Miner continued, "Other than the other kids, who were loosely chasing the ball around like they do when they're six years old, Grayson is coming down the line like a soldier looking for blood. Every single second that he's on the field, he has been getting every ounce of blood, sweat and tears that he can."
Describing Grayson's other attributes, Miner said, "He has just continued growing up through the ranks and getting better and better. He's a big kid. He's a physical specimen in that regard. He's really fast and extremely athletic and agile.
"He's kind of different in that he is not a flashy soccer player. He's a defensive guy. He loves defense, and that's pretty much all he ever does."
Young Grayson's talents have caught the Scappoose Soccer Club's attention, of which he is a member.
The Barcelona football club invites about 2,000 youngsters a year to participate in Barcelona, Spain.
"For ten days, they train with their youth development program," Miner said. "They work with the coaches --These are kids who are really, really good. They bring players like Grayson in from the United States and other parts of the world to learn and train."
A trip to Spain is an opportunity many would wish for.
"He's (Grayson) probably not going to have an opportunity like this again, to not only go to Spain, which is something not a lot of people get to do, period. But (he'll) have an opportunity to step on the field at the Barcelona stadium and at their training facilities," Miner said.
The camp is being held next May.
"They (Barcelona) arrange a whole bunch of activities for them, both soccer and cultural-based," he said. "They get to go to a couple of professional games. He's going to be able to see Messi play, which is a lifelong dream to realize at a young age."
Grayson is excited about the possibility of attending the Barcelona soccer camp in Spain.
"I'm excited," Grayson said, noting soccer is his favorite sport, "Yes, soccer is my favorite sport, and I like the Timbers of the MLS."
Grayson said, "I'm looking forward to getting the coaching – and getting my butt kicked."
For eight of the 10 days at camp, Grayson will be involved in training sessions with the team.
If Grayson doesn't become a big-time pro player, he has his sights on coaching soccer.
If he can coach someday, Grayson would like "developing young players, making them better, and see them grow."
Miner hopes the word gets out about the soccer camp in Spain. He will be working with the Scappoose Soccer Club to help raise money and awareness.
To raise money to send Grayson to the camp in Spain, Miner said, "We do have a bank account open at Wauna, here in Scappoose. It is under the account that's named 'Grayson to Barca 2021.'"
Miner recalls that his son recently received a signed Barcelona jersey.
"He basically worships it every night," he said.
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