Nike Rugby Camp at University of Tennessee

Nike Rugby Camp at University of Tennessee
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Nike Rugby Camp at University of Tennessee

Athletes are invited to join our youth rugby camp in Tennessee hosted by University of Tennessee and directed by University of Notre Dame Head Coach, Justin Hickey, and other experienced rugby coaches.

The Nike Rugby Camp at University of Tennessee offers a three-day, two-night camp experience directed by a nationally recognized staff. Athletes, ages 14-18, participate in high-level training on and off the pitch each day. The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, high performance education modules, competitive match play, meals, housing and evening group activities. Whether you're new to the sport or looking to advance your existing skill set, this program can provide the tools to improve your abilities on the rugby pitch.

A commuter option is available for local rugby athletes. Each day runs from 9:00am - 5:00pm (times may vary on first and last day) and includes all rugby activities and lunch. 

Highlights Include

  • Instruction and direction by nationally recognized coaching staff
  • 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
  • Seminar sessions on nutrition, mental preparation, strength & conditioning, and film analysis
  • Focus on individual skill development and team play
  • Experience campus life with accommodations at University of Tennessee
  • Match competition on final day of camp
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Justin Hickey
Camp Director

Justin Hickey

Coach Hickey is in his second year as head coach for University of Notre Dame Rugby after serving five years as head coach of the successful Clemson Tiger Rugby Program.

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Hickey was recently named assistant coach for the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans in 2015. Previously, he worked for two years as manager for the USA Rugby U20 Junior All American Team that competed in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in T'Bilisi, Georgia in 2011, and won the competition in Salt Lake City, UT in June 2012, earning the USA promotion to the IRB Junior World Championship competition in 2013.

Coach Hickey began his coaching career where his playing career started, as assistant coach at Catholic Central High School, in Grand Rapids, MI. Hickey helped start the Davenport University Varsity Rugby team in Grand Rapids, in 2009, which went on to win the 2011 & 2012 USA Rugby Division 1AA National Championship. Coach Hickey served as assistant coach/manager for the USA Rugby High School All American 7s Team, which toured to British Columbia in 2011, as well as serving as manager of the USA Rugby High School All Americans from 2009-2010.

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Marty Bradley

Marty Bradley

Marty is the Head Coach of the University of Tennessee Men's Rugby team, where he has coached since 1997. 

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Throughout his time at UT, Coach Bradley has held various administrative roles with USA Rugby, and USA Rugby South. He is currently the Commissioner of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) (2014-present) as well as the Conference Director for the Tennessee High School Rugby League (2001-present). From 2010 - 2016 Coach Bradley was the Head Coach of the Bearden High School Boys Rugby team. Coach Bradley has a long history of coaching all star rugby, coaching the MidSouth All Stars from 1999-2005, USA Rugby South All Stars from 2000-2002, the Smokey Mountain Selects from 2013-2015, and the SCRC All Stars from 2016-present.

Camp Details

Nike Rugby Camps provide a high level training environment for young rugby athletes, based on focus, commitment, passion, work ethic, skill, and enjoyment. Players receive specialized coaching geared toward developing improved individual and team skills. With coaches who are passionate about the game of rugby, players can expect to further increase their love and motivation for the game.

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The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, educational seminars, team strategies, match play, film analysis, meals, housing, and group activities. Campers stay in dorms on campus as well as eating in campus dining halls. Day campers participate in all rugby activities and lunch is included each day (schedule for first and last day of camp is outlined in registration packet). 


Check-in takes place between 10:00-11:00am on Thursday, June 15th. Check-out takes place at 5:00pm on Saturday, June 17th.


Early arrivals are responsible for own accommodations as dormitory accommodation is not available the night before camp starts.


Linens are not included in the camp price - please bring bed linens and towels. All dorms have air conditioning. 


Overnight campers: we are offering a $30 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 will reside in the residence halls with the campers and participate in evening activities. Supervision will be maintained at an 8:1 staff to camper ratio at all times. Campus rules and regulations will be strictly enforced at all times.


Campers are responsible for travel to and from camp. 


A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a checklist of what to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to arrival at camp.

University of Tennessee is not a sponsor, or co-sponsor, of this event.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Wake up
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Camp meeting
  • 9:30am Rugby training (games, drills, skill development)
  • 12:30pm Lunch/rest
  • 2:00pm High performance educational seminar
  • 3:30pm Rugby training (games, drills, skill development)
  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Camp meeting
  • 8:00pm Group evening activity
  • 10:30pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

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Awesome Experience

"Coach Justin helped me focus and take my game to another level at camp. There was no time wasted during the week and I learned a lot from them and the other staff members. Thanks for an awesome experience and hope to see you guys soon!"

Camp Dates & Prices

2018 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.