The International Development Academy (IDA) takes great pride in its enduring partnership with Puerto Rico Surf, a collaboration that has been thriving since the inception of the Academy in 2020. From the outset, Puerto Rico Surf wholeheartedly embraced IDA’s mission, recognizing the potential for growth and excellence in soccer development.
At present, Puerto Rico Surf boasts a robust presence with four players stationed at our Valencia location, featuring talents such as Pablo Loinaz and Ruben Rosado. However, the pinnacle of Puerto Rico Surf’s success within the IDA narrative unfolds in the remarkable journey of Jeremy De Leon. Having joined IDA in 2020, Jeremy dedicated himself to getting stronger and improving his fitness, analyzing his gameplay footage, and immersing himself in a professional soccer environment.
During his two-year stint with IDA, Jeremy’s trajectory reached extraordinary heights—he received a call-up to represent the Puerto Rican national team and gained professional experience with CD Castellon, ultimately culminating in the realization of his dream: signing a professional contract with none other than Real Madrid.
Looking ahead, the ongoing partnership between IDA and Puerto Rico Surf signifies a commitment to expanding collaborative endeavors, introducing more activities both on the island and across various IDA locations. As Puerto Rico Surf experiences rapid growth, providing their players with opportunities to compete internationally becomes a priority. Hector Sola, representing PR Surf, expressed confidence in IDA, emphasizing the program’s quality and highlighting the seamless communication with Jordi and Ivan, which facilitates the support of players in their developmental journey.
Rick Angelicola, IDA’s Global Director, echoed the sentiment of gratitude for the invaluable partnership with Puerto Rico Surf. He expressed enthusiasm about continuing this collaboration to offer transformative experiences for all players, akin to the success story of Jeremy De Leon. Angelicola eagerly anticipates identifying and nurturing the talents of the next aspiring player who will go on to achieve their goals under the joint banner of IDA and Puerto Rico Surf.
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