Nike Rugby Camps, University of Denver Denver, Colorado
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Camp director and current Team USA player, Zach Fenoglio, invites players of all abilities to Denver this summer for an unforgettable rugby experience. Receive training on every facet of the game from some of the best coaches and players in the country. Campers reside in dorms on campus at the University of Denver and participate in all rugby activities at nearby Regis School.
Nike Rugby Camps has designed and coordinated the finest rugby camp system in the nation, partnering with America's best coaching minds to help grow the game of rugby in the states. The Denver program offers overnight and day camp options. The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, fun match play, meals, housing and evening activities. The day camp includes all rugby instruction, match play, and lunch.
- Instruction from nationally recognized TEAM USA coaches and players on how to be successful on and off the rugby field
- Daily instruction and touch-rugby match simulation
- Skill-based group structuring to maximize the advantage for players of all ages and abilities
- Small Group sizes: approximately an 8:1 player to staff ratio
- A healthy and positive learning environment to help every player get better
- Opportunity to experience a college environment
- Individualized player assessments
- Team discounts available
- Motivational speeches from current and former players from the USA Rugby team
- Rugby themed evening activities including video analysis, nutrition seminars, training tips and much more
- The annual ELITE Olympics: a night of non-rugby games that culminates in the annual ELITE Olympic Champion!
The 64-acre campus houses a Boys Division building and a Girls Division building, each with a full size gym, multi-media library and chapel. In addition to these buildings, Regis campus offers the following shared facilities: nine athletic fields, six tennis courts, a field house and pool, a theatre and spacious grounds.Meet your coaching staff
Zachary Fenoglio is a long-time USA Team member since 2007. Currently in the USA Rugby Players Pool at prop and hooker, Zach played for the USA A-Team, USA Collegiate All-American's, the USA Under-20 side and was a high school All-American. Zach graduated with honors in Natural Science from Loyola Marymount University.Read Full Bio
Since graduating from LMU Zach has worked at UCLA and CU Med schools as a research coordinator in the fields of ophthalmology and neurology, hoping to pursue a career in medicine after rugby. He enjoys being back in Colorado to captain the Glendale Raptors Mens Rugby Team and to be close to the mountains where he enjoys hiking and skiing.
Founder of ELITE Rugby Camps, Ethan Willis has mentored and coached over 5,000 young aspiring Rugby players. Willis has played a major role in the current explosion of Rugby onto the USA sporting scene. Ethan currently plays rugby for the infamous Old Mission Beach Athletic Club in San Diego. Willis is a life long educator, graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in education. He continually attends coaching clinics domestically and abroad to stay updated on the continually changing game.
Ethan’s players have gained numerous accolades in the sport of rugby, but more importantly have left camp with an understanding of how to become successful on and off the rugby field. Willis believes in emphasizing the correct fundamentals of each facet of rugby.
Shaun is a bright young talent for the USA 15s side at scrum half. Davies grew up in Durban, South Africa and started the game at six years old. He attended BYU in 2009 where he was a four time Collegiate All American. Shaun led BYU to a National Championship in 2009 and 2012 and was selected as MVP in 2009. Following graduation Shaun was selected to the USA Senior Mens 15s side and earned his first cap versus Georgia in 2012.
Dave brings a wealth of rugby knowledge and strength and conditioning expertise to Nike Camp in 2014. Williams played for USA Rugby from 2004-2007 and earned 12 caps. He also played in two 7s World Series tournaments. Since 2006, Dave has been the head strength and conditioning coach for both the USA 7s and USA 15s sides. From 2009-2012 Williams was an assistant coach with the USA 7s side.
Team USA Players
Each Nike Rugby Camp will have current and former members of USA Rugby on staff
Nike Rugby Camps offer players the individualized coaching needed to improve their skill-set and gain a deeper understanding of the game. Our curriculum is the perfect blend of expert coaching, constructive drills, and fun evening activities. With two outstanding coaches in Zach Fenoglio and Ethan Willis, players can leave at the end of the week with a greater confidence and passion for the game.
The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, team strategies, match play, meals, housing and evening activities. The day camp (9:00am - 4:00pm) includes all rugby instruction and lunch. Day campers will be dropped off and picked up at the end of each day at Infinity Park.
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in will take place between 8:00am and 9:00am on the first day of camp. Check-out will take place at 1:00pm on the last day of camp.
Campers may arrive early and stay in the dorms the night before camp starts. The early arrival fee is $150 per camper (includes dinner). To add an early arrival please call (415) 451-2212.
Linens and A/C
Linens are provided in the dorms. There is no A/C.
Overnight Campers: We are offering a $30 per player discount for five or more team members from the same team/club. Day Campers: $20 per player discount for five or more team members from the same team/club. Please call 800-645-3226 and register by phone to receive the discount.
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Nike Elite Rugby Camps do not provide transportation to and from airports, bus depots or train stations. The packet we send to registered campers in the spring offers suggestions on shuttle services for each specific camp.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the spring.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Breakfast
- 8:30am - 11:00am Training Session: catch and pass technique, defensive structure, tackle technique
- 11:00am - 11:45am Touch Rugby/Scrimmage
- Noon - 1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm - 3:00pm Training Session: position specific training; forwards and backs
- 3:00pm - 4:00pm Touch Rugby/Scrimmage
- 5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm Exercise and Science Training
- 9:00pm - 10:00pm Film Session, Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights Out