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Nike Rugby Camps, powered by Rugby Colorado, utilizes America's best coaches to help grow the game of rugby in the U.S. Nike Rugby Camps at Colorado School of Mines offers both an overnight and day camp option for boys as well as a girls day camp.
The camps are split into two sessions. The first session is available to high school players (ages 14-18) and the second session is open for youth players (ages 9-13). The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, fun match play, meals, housing and evening activities. Campers stay in dormitories on campus at Colorado School of Mines and eat their meals in the dining halls. For rugby instruction each day, participants take a short walk to the athletic fields. There is also a commuter option from 9:00am - 4:00pm for local residents looking for a rugby camp close to home.
Girls Camp (High School)
Directed by women's national team player, Jamie Burke, and our staff of Glendale Raptors players and coaches, this camp is an incredible opportunity for high school players to train and improve their skills. For the duration of the camp, players will work through fundamental drills, fun skills games and participate in live scrimmages to develop game knowledge and strategy. This commuter camp includes all rugby activities and lunch each day.
- Instruction from nationally recognized Rugby Colorado 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
- Opportunity to experience a college environment at Colorado School of Mines
- Individualized player assessments
- Rugby-themed evening activities including video analysis, nutrition seminars, training tips and much more
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Camp Director Angus Peacock
Angus is the co-director for Nike Rugby Camps in Colorado and serves as Executive Manager for Rugby Colorado. A World Rugby Level 3 / USA Rugby Level 400 coach and accredited coach educator, Angus has been involved in player development and competitions spanning youth (8 to 18 years) and senior club up to elite levels of rugby.View Angus's Bio ⟩
Angus is a highly skilled professional with prolific rugby experience from a long playing, coaching and management career that spans 2 decades. His Rugby career has flourished with time served in 4 continents including North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His strategic professional rugby roles include time served as Head Coach, Director of Rugby, Director of Coaching and also Executive Director. This includes several years full time as the COO of a multi-sports program serving 3000 youth athletes in rugby, soccer, tennis and baseball. Today Angus lives in Denver and brings his knowledge and experience to help serve and grow Rugby in the United States.
Lead Girls Instructor Jamie Burke
Jamie Burke plays for the Glendale Raptors Women's Premier League team and serves as lead instructor for the Nike Girls Rugby Camp in Colorado.View Jamie's Bio ⟩
Burke began playing rugby at the University of Virginia after being recruited at an activities fair on campus. After graduating, she played with D.C. Furies, Berkeley All Blues, Beantown, and Raleigh Venom. Burke made her Women’s Eagles debut in 2004 against New Zelaand and captained the national team at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010. The 2014 World Cup in France will mark Burke’s third appearance in the pinnacle event of women’s rugby. The prop is currently undertaking her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire and plays in the USA Women’s Premier League for the Glendale Raptors.
Coach David Williams
David Williams serves as head coach for the Glendale Raptors Men's Team and joins us to instruct at the Nike Rugby Camps in Colorado.View David's Bio ⟩
Prior to being named head coach, Dave had been a part of the Glendale Raptors organization as Strength, Skills and Conditioning Coach. A native of England, Dave has also played on the US Men's National Team for 7s and 15s teams, as well as acted as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the US Men’s National Team and most recently, as Assistant Coach of the PRO Rugby Denver Stampede team.
Coach Ata Malifa
Ata Malifa serves as Assistant Coach for the Nike Rugby Camps in Colorado. Coach Ata is a former national team player and currently plays professionally at Center for the Glendale Raptors.View Ata's Bio ⟩
Ata was born in Apia, the capital city of the South Pacific island nation of Samoa. He attended high school in Auckland, New Zealand, and remained there to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Athlete development from Unitec. He began playing rugby at 10 years of age, and cites his parents as a major inspiration to play: “They gave me good guidance growing up and instilled the importance of hard work. They inspire me to play at the highest level. They always get the best out of me.”
Coach Luke Gross
Luke Gross is the Director of Amateur Rugby for the Glendale Raptors and serves as assistant coach for the Nike Rugby Camps in Colorado.View Luke's Bio ⟩
Luke Gross calls Decatur, Indiana his hometown, located in the state’s northeast. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Marshall University, where he played both college basketball and rugby. Luke has played professional rugby nationally and internationally, playing in Italy, Wales, England, and the United States during a career spanning more than thirteen years. He has 62 USA National Team caps and has participated in three Rugby World Cups. Luke has been coaching the sport for nearly ten years and holds a 300-level USA Rugby coaching certification. Outside of rugby, he enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and spending time with family.
Coach Blake Rogers
Blake currently plays rugby professionally in Denver and serves as assistant coach for the Nike Rugby Camps in Colorado.View Blake's Bio ⟩
Blake Rogers calls Colusa, California his hometown, where his father John Rogers was the former mayor. He attended Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA before attending the University of Colorado, Boulder. Blake began playing rugby in high school, where he says he was completely hooked on the sport after just his first practice. He previously played for CU Boulder. If he’s having a tough day on the pitch, Blake remains focused, intent on beating the opponent across from him and being the best he can be. He is the Glendale Raptors Catan Championship runner-up.
Staff Team USA Players
Each Nike Rugby Camp will have current and former members of the rugby national team on staff.View Team USA Players's Bio ⟩
Each Nike Rugby Camp will have current and former members of the rugby national team 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 an outstanding coach in Zach Fenoglio and the incredible Rugby Colorado staff, players can leave at the end of the week with a greater confidence and passion for the game.Show Less See More Camp Details
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 on campus.
Check-In and Check-Out
Please see the registration packet for check-in/check-out details.
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.
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 Rugby Camps does 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.
Colorado School of Mines is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of these camps.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Breakfast
- 8:30am - 11:00am Training session: catch and pass technique, defensive structure, tackle technique
- 11:00am - 11:45am Rugby/Scrimmage
- Noon - 1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm - 3:00pm Training session: position specific training; forwards and backs
- 3:00pm - 4:00pm 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
Colorado School of Mines
Located in the scenic foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the City of Golden provides a welcoming and diverse setting for the Mines community to enjoy. Golden offers many outdoor recreational activities as well as several museums and restaurants to experience in town. Whether enjoying Colorado’s famous outdoor adventures or exploring more urban activities, Golden’s centralized location is also perfect for heading out in any direction. There are about a dozen major ski areas within a one- to three-hour drive from campus, and downtown Denver and Boulder are within 20 miles of Mines, offering all the attractions of a vibrant, metropolitan area.
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Incredible Role Models!
"Thank you so much for the amazing job you did with the Nike Elite Rugby Camp in Denver. The coaching staff made handling a large group of boys look fun and easy. It's hard to imagine better role models than what I saw in the four of you, individually and as a team, over those few days... Impressive, to say the least!"
— Newby H. Parent
My son admired the Team USA Rugby Players!
“At ELITE my son had the opportunity to work with coaches and players from the USA team that I had only had the chance to read about. What an amazing experience!”
— A. Raniss Parent
Players from All Over the World!
"Liam was so excited to meet the Team USA players and was really grateful to be a part of the camp. He said the coaches were so nice, explained the drills so clearly, and were obviously really skilled players. He said that he really believes that, during those three intense days, his endurance grew and that he became a stronger rugby player. He also said it was awesome to meet new players from all over the world. So he (and we) can’t thank you enough for making it possible for him to join!"
— L. Wagner Parent
Unforgettable Camp Experience!
“The ELITE Camp improved my sons rugby potential, but more importantly, I really feel like this camp made a lasting impact on his life.”
— Dana P. Parent
One-on-one Time with Team-USA Players!
"Thanks for the amazing camp experience with my son. I especially appreciated the time he had with USA players. He spoke to them individually when he had questions and they all took the time to explain things to him. I appreciate their willingness to chat."
— Hagen G. Parent