Student or Learner
The "Let's Move" campaign involves many sectors and partnerships, but one of the lighter programs involves sporting events held on the south lawn of the White House. For this one, six players from the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team showed the youngsters some drills on the grass. It was a special privilege and a thrill for the budding players.
What does "a thrill for the budding players" mean?
Thanks a lot
Does it mean "it is an excitement for the Women's National Soccer Team"?
The 'younsters' are the budding players. It implies that they have a lot of potential to be good (or even great) players, but haven't reached that potential yet.
Picture a perennial flowering plant.
Before it blooms, a flower bud appears. The bud grows and develops on the plant. The plant is budding and will, given time, nutrition and proper sunlight, bloom and flower for the requisite amount of time before the flower dies and the process repeats itself.
Budding players (athletes) are just starting to take form, and with proper instruction will, hopefully, mature into good players.
So the thrill means "excitement"?
Sure, that's why when I asked the question, I gave my answer. I just don't feel certain about my own discretion. :)