Nike Boys Soccer Camp Sacred Heart University
Improve your game and have serious fun
at Nike Soccer Camps
The best place to become a better soccer player is in the company of coaches and players who share your passion. Join us at Sacred Heart University for an intensive week of boys soccer training!
At Nike Soccer Camps our goal is to stimulate a love for the game in young athletes by showing them how to accelerate their own progress and success. We are able to offer an unforgettable growth experience no matter what your age or skill level.
- Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
- Camp completion certificate
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt
- Personal Evaluation
- Players grouped by age and ability
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Camp Director Joe Barroso
Our camp directors have a major stake in providing camps of the highest quality: camps that are fun, that improve the skills of the campers, and that provide the campers with the opportunity to make new, lifelong friends.View Joe 's Bio ⟩
The kick-off of the 2016 season marks Barroso's 12th season at the helm of the men's program. He previously served as the head coach on the women's side for eight seasons, leading them to an NEC title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Barroso made an immediate impact on the SHU men's team in 2005, engineering the second biggest single-season turnaround in a conference history, leading the Pioneers to the playoffs for the first time ever in Division I. Barroso followed that up with another postseason appearance in 2007.
Portugal -native Barroso began his career helping lay the foundation of the women's soccer program at Sacred Heart serving as head coach from 1992-94. He amassed a record of 27-28-2 in those three years on sideline, receiving the regional Coach-of-the-Year award in 1994-95.
At the University of Bridgeport, Barroso was named the New England Collegiate Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 1997. He was 28-31-4 while coaching the women for four years. He also served as the head men's soccer coach for the Purple Knights from 1997-99.
Originally from Portugal, Barroso played at Southern Connecticut State University, where he was a member of that school's Division II National Championship squad in 1990 and is eighth on the Owls all-time scoring list with 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists). His 41 goals are sixth on that all-time list. He was chosen as one of the top-25 players in the country after his senior season at SCSU and picked to play in the Senior Bowl.
Coach Barroso has played professionally both in Europe and the United States. He played for a First Division club in Portugal competing in the prestigious UEFA Cup and for both the Connecticut Wolves and the Boston Storm in the A-League of the USISL. Barroso was also a member of the United States National Team in 1990-'91.
All Skills: July 15-19
*Overnight option is only available for rising sophomores-seniors (campers must have completed freshman year).
Intense soccer sessions alternate with presentations on sports nutrition, strength training, and the basic fundamentals of the sport. Campers are housed in air conditioned campus dormitories and experience traditional college living. Individuals and teams are encouraged to attend. Team members will be grouped together in all soccer sessions.
2018 SESSION INFORMATION
Check-in: between 12:00-1:00pm at the Pitt Center on the first day.
Check-out: Graduation is at the fields at 11:30, check out from the dorms follows at 12:00pm on the last day.
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Facility: Grass fields at Notre Dame Catholic High School
Dorm: Roncalli Hall
Campers Per Room: 2 or 3
Roommates: If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 14 days before the start of camp.
Bathrooms: Shared on floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: Yes
Key Deposit: $70 room key, $25 meal card
Spending Money: $40, please do NOT bring a pre-written check
Medical Facility: An athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies
If you have a group of five or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount.
To register a group online: Please have one person contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our registration form. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415.526.5945. Mail registrations to Nike Soccer Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you have a child flying to camp, private arrangements for campers arriving at the Hartford Bradley Airport may be made by visiting:
http://www.bradleyairport.com/Transportation.aspx. If campers are flying into LaGuardia Airport, please visit their website: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/laguardia.html. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. The State of Connecticut requires a copy of camp participants’ most recent physical and record of immunizations, shots, etc., in addition to the US Sports Camps health and release form.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 9:30am Session Topic of the day
- 11:00am Small sided games
- 12:00pm Lunch/rest
- 2:30pm Tactical Session
- 4:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Evening Games
- 9:00pm Evening Activities
- 10:30pm Lights out
Conveniently located between New York City and Boston in beautiful suburban Fairfield, Sacred Heart University provides campers with first-rate coaching and fantastic facilities, including one of the finest athletic centers in New England.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Loved playing the 11 vs 11. Food was good!! Met nice kids.
— Lea G., Parent 2017
Excellent camp for more experienced High School players, very well coached and run. The facility was great. Will be back!
— Leo S., Parent 2017
Absolute Best Time
The Nike Camp at Sacred Heart University was extraordinary. My son is an advanced level soccer player and said he had the 'absolute best time' ever. His statement reflected the soccer instruction, soccer coaches, soccer atmosphere and the entire camp experience in general. He has participated in other 'soccer boarding camps' so he has a lot to compare. He 'loved' attending the Nike Camp and will participate again next summer.
— Gabriel C., Parent 2015
Extremely well run
I highly recommend this soccer camp to anyone looking for a total soccer experience. The camping staff is excellent and runs everything extremely well.
— Sarah S., Parent 2015
My son was only able to be at camp for 2 days due to an unknown severe allergic reaction but they took care of him above and beyond. Emily the trainer was fantastic with communicating with me and took great care of my son as well as the counselor that went to the hospital. Nike even gave me a credit for the time my son missed for next years camp. My son loved the short amount of time he was able to participate and can't wait to go back next year
— Sheryl T., Parent 2015
Ease of registration and distribution of information to parents. Great at communicating & staff at the camp were very accommodating.
— Phil W., Parent 2015
My son spent an enjoyable week improving his skills and spending time just keeping up with soccer during the summer break so he could return to school in the Fall ready for his high school team.
— Derrick M., Parent 2014
Would love to go back!
My camper had fun and he would love to go back and maybe take all the sections possible.
— Anonymous, Parent 2014
Intense and fun week
Provides an intense week of soccer to satisfy the athlete who wants to step up his game, all while providing a fun atmosphere in which to do it in.
— Austin W., Camper 2013
My son had a great experience - he was very hesitant to go and had the time of his life - also was very happy with the drills.
— Mark C., Parent 2013
The camp has an excellent coaching staff and a great field to play and practice on. Had a great time and learned a lot.
— Adrian M., Camper 2013
Needs healthier meals
Too much scrimmaging without instruction. Not enough drills on footwork and passing. Not enough discipline. Trainers are too young some or most were in high school. Nutrition was horrible. A lot of fried food not too many healthy choices. A sports camp should consider teaching in promoting proper nutrition not serving hamburgers pizza and chicken fingers.
— Becky M., Parent 2016
Commitment to Team Work
This Nike camp built a very strong commitment to team work and good sportsmanship while maintaining a serious and competitive environment.
— Dustin S., Camper 2012
Rep should be at meeting area
sometimes upon arrival, there was no Nike rep at the meeting area. I'd like a rep there at drop off.
— Mariah A., Parent 2016
This was my second year at the camp. The soccer training and living accommodations are 'top notch'. I plan on attending a third year. Thank you!
— Ben M., Camper 2012
The instruction is really good, the coaches and staff are excellent and the accommodations at Sacred Heart are air conditioned which adds to the overall quality of the experience.
— Logan T., Camper 2011
The boys are given a sense of freedom, while still being supervised. Nike Soccer Camps run a great program.
— Dakota R., Parent 2011
Left feeling motivated
Our son has been to several camps and left this camp feeling motivated and strong. The coaches did a great job working with the kids and helping get them conditioned and trained. The head coach was involved and gave personal attention to the boys. It was a great week.
— Emily B., Parent 2011
My son loved everything about this camp! He thoroughly enjoys his camp time every summer and is a repeat attendee!
— Steve P., Parent 2010
The fitness sessions are very well instructed with all the various stations working on all the aspects of soccer. The coaches challenged the campers, but are also very friendly. They overall attention paid to the campers was excellent, lots of individualized instruction.
— Samantha R., Parent 2010
Make new friends
I would recommend this to beginner level players who want to get away for a week and make new friends .
— Orlando M., Camper 2016