Nike Soccer Camp with Blue Devils Soccer Academy
Improve your game and have serious fun
at Nike Soccer Camps
Join us for an amazing week of camp at Nike Soccer Camp at CCSU Soccer and Track Stadium in New Britain, CT for the ultimate soccer training camp! With a mix of traditional and modern soccer coaching methodologies, the curriculum is one that allows every camper the opportunity to continue to progress to a higher level of soccer play. This youth soccer camp provides the perfect blend of instruction and fun! Make friends and create memories with our team that will last a lifetime!
- Unique and structured curriculum
- Elite technical training & game knowledge development
- Competitive and Fun Scrimmages
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Campers grouped by age and ability level
- Nike Camp T-shirt & Prizes
- View More Details ⟩
Head Coach David Kelly
David Kelly has been involved in college soccer coaching for over twenty-five years, including three years as a D1 Head Coach.View David's Bio ⟩
Kelly has also served as the head coach of the Connecticut Football Club - AZUL, which competed in the Premier Development League and plays their home games on the CCSU Soccer Field. He coached the CFC United team to a 2015 Connecticut Junior Soccer Association State Cup title to advance to the U.S. Soccer Region 1 Championships.
Kelly is a staff instructor for the Connecticut State Coaching Education Program. He was also a former head coach with the Olympic Development Program.
Kelly has also coached at Quinnipiac (2004) and Trinity College (2001-03) helping each of those teams qualify for their conference tournaments.
Kelly played 10 years of professional soccer. He spent nine years in the A-League (now the USL Division I) Professional Soccer League and one in the National Professional Soccer League, while also making reserve appearances for both Carlisle United and Burnley in England. During his time in the A-League, Kelly was also a player-assistant coach with the Connecticut Wolves.
Kelly played at the University of Maine from 1986-90 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1990. He holds “A,” “Pro-B” and “National Youth” coaching licenses from the United States Soccer Federation and the “Advanced National Diploma” from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Kelly lives in West Hartford with his wife Trish and daughters, Áine and Isla.
Assistant Coach George Kostelis
George Kostelis, has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience in Connecticut and Rhode Island and spent two seasons as a goalkeeper coach for Connecticut's professional soccer team, the Hartford Athletic of the United Soccer League (USL), in 2019 and 2020.View George's Bio ⟩
Prior to coaching at the professional level, Kostelis spent two seasons as an associate head coach for the women's soccer team at Rhode Island in 2017 and 2018. In addition to his time at Rhode Island, he spent one year as an assistant men's soccer coach at Southern Connecticut State, five years as head men's soccer coach at Western Connecticut State University and 10 seasons as an assistant men's soccer coach and goalkeeper's coach at Yale.
George got his collegiate coaching career off the ground as an assistant men's soccer coach at Hartford in 1995, was also an assistant coach for UConn's women's soccer program from 1997-2000. With his guidance, the Huskies were NCAA Tournament quarterfinalists two times, and were also NCAA Finalists in 1997.
Kostelis enjoyed a decorated collegiate playing career at Hartford. A three-time All-North Atlantic Conference goalkeeper who earned All-New England honors in 1992, he helped lead Hartford to the program's first and second Division I NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992.
Kostelis' career statistics still rank among the best in Hartford's 37-year Division I history. Boasting the top career goals-against average (1.07) and the most wins (36) in program history, he is second in save percentage (.846), fourth in saves (343), fourth in shutouts (17) and fourth in minutes played (6,216).
A 1993 graduate who earned a degree in human service, Kostelis went on to play professionally in Greece for two seasons. He was inducted in the Hawks' Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007.
George Kostelis is a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame's class of 2022. Kostelis, was one of eight honorees recognized by the Connecticut State Soccer Association for their "significant contributions to the soccer world."
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Due to local and state regulations, we anticipate having to reduce our enrollment numbers significantly this year. You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
July 10-13, 2023 (Mon-Thurs)
July 17-20, 2023 (Mon-Thurs)
Options: Half Day
Half-Day Hours: 9am-12pm
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided. Please bring a packed lunch
- Location: CCSU Soccer and Track & Field Stadium
*Check-in starts 15 minutes before camp start time
This program is geared toward Player Development & High-Performance campers. Players will work on mastering the proper fundamentals, techniques and advancing their overall skills and knowledge of the game. A great opportunity for players to learn through a mix of drills, games, and competitive play. With a number of different camp options for all to enjoy!
Player Development is for campers of all skill levels. These camps are designed to maximize player participation and ensure each camper develops in all aspects of the game in a fun and engaging environment. Coaches will implement a wide range of technical, physical, and tactical activities with a focus on fun so campers get to improve with a smile on their faces.
High Performance is for campers looking to improve their game in a fun and fast-paced environment. These camps are designed so players leave the camp week more prepared for their club and high school seasons. Experienced coaches will provide campers with a fresh perspective and challenge them to develop technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of their game through a progressive curriculum.
*NOTE: If you believe your camper should be in a different skill level than the age requirement listed, please add a note at check-out and mention it to the camp director on day 1.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
Instruction: Training from the Blue Devils Soccer Academy coaching staff
Day campers: Lunch or snacks are not provided. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be a water station available to fill up and stay hydrated
Supervision: Staff members are strategically placed throughout the camp to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps t-shirt and prizes
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
Ratio: Low camper-to-coach ratio
Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience
Equipment Needed: All campers must bring soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle.
Facility: CCSU Soccer and Track & Field Stadium
Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Athletic clothing
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
Nike Soccer Camp Balls can be purchased during registration. Players can choose between a size 4 or size 5 ball, which will be passed out on the first day of camp. Please note that it is not required to bring a soccer ball to camp as they are provided by the staff for camp instruction.
If you have a group of 4 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. If you have a group of 8 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please fill out the Team Discount - Soccer form with the name of your group and the names of each camper enrolling in the camp and we will create a unique discount code for your group.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SOCCER CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our soccer camps please see our FAQ page.
***Camps are open to any and all entrants. Enrollment in our camps is limited only by age, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp.
WANT MORE DETAILS?
Click the button below to view program descriptions, schedules, and more.
Important Information & Sample Daily Schedule
- Equipment Needed All campers must bring soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle. A further list of 'recommended items will be in the Information Packet.
- 9:00am Check-in
- 9:00-9:30am Rosters and juggling
- 9:30-10:00am Speed, agility, quickness drills
- 10:00-10:30am Technical introduction
- 10:30-11:00am Technical development
- 11:00-11:45am Full pressure activity
- 12:00pm Campers depart
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.