Nike Boys Soccer Camp Southeastern University
Get Better this Summer at Southeastern!
Come join the Southeastern Soccer staff in Lakeland, Florida to improve your skills in 2019. 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. By partnering with Nike, our title sponsor, and working with the country’s best coaches, we are able to offer an unforgettable growth experience no matter what your age or skill level.
- Players are grouped by age and ability
- Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
- 10:1 camper to staff ratio
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt
- Camp completion certificate & evaulation
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Camp Director Clayton Roberts
Clay Roberts was hired as the head coach of the men's soccer program in 2014. In 2017, Roberts led the Fire to an 8-7-1 overall, and 5-3-1 Sun Conference record. A season plagued with injuries, Roberts managed the team to a 4th place finish, which allowed another first in program history, by hosting a TSC first round tournament game. For their efforts, the Fire saw Gustavo Rodrigues and Caue Salgado selected to the TSC First Team, while Joey Dotson was selected to the TSC All-Conference Honorable Mention. Luke Marchesani and Ethan Carey were honored on the TSC Academic All-Conference team, as well as Daktronics Scholar Athletes. Tyler Gay received the TSC Champions of Character award, the first under Roberts leadership. Gustavo Rodrigues would then go on to be selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team, and also honored as an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.View Clayton's Bio ⟩
In 2016, ranked #15 in the NAIA preseason polls, the Fire faced one of the toughest schedules in the country facing ranked teams such as #2 Rio Grande, #7 Union, #9 William Carey, #13 Thomas, and Receiving Votes St.Thomas, finishing the season at 9-9 overall, and 6-3 in the Sun Conference. The Fire once again returned to the Sun Conference Tournament after finishing tied for 3rd and earning a 5th place seed, losing to Keiser 1-0, in the first round. Once again, many Fire athletes were honored for their efforts. Gerritson Craane, Pedro Ivo Dias, and Jake Van Der Luit were voted to the TSC First Team All-Conference, Kendall Crouse was the TSC Second Team All-Conference, and Jonathan Jimenez was voted to the TSC All-Conference Honorable Mention. Luke Marchesani earned the TSC Academic All-Conference, and Daktronics Scholar Athletes award. Pedro Ivo Dias again would be selected to the NSCAA All-Region team and as an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.
The 2015 season was historic for the Fire, as Roberts guided SEU to The Sun Conference regular season title with an 8-1 league record, then defended its home pitch during The Sun Conference Tournament, claiming the first title in program history.
For his efforts, Roberts was named The Sun Conference Coach of the Year.
During their first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, the Fire went on the road to Cumberlands University, and came away with a thrilling 1-0 double overtime victory on a goal by freshman Jake Van Der Luit.
The defense was a key to the season, posting nine shutouts, with freshman goalkeeper Jorge Navarrete making 88 saves to earn Sun Conference Freshman of the Year honors.
Offensively, Pedro Ivo Dias was named The Sun Conference Player of the Year, posting 10 goals.
During his first season, the Fire finished 10-6-1 and in sixth place in The Sun Conference. SEU was second in the conference in scoring, averaging 2.44 goals per contest. Defensively, the Fire were second in the league in saves per game at 5.2 and fifth in goals allowed per game at just 1.28.Roberts currently also serves as the Head Coach of the Florida Tropics, a professional arena soccer team in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL).
Prior to Southeastern, Roberts served as the Vice President of Ocala Stampede SC of the United Soccer League. During his time with the Stampede, Roberts was involved in front office management, growth and project and team development, as well as sponsorship and community outreach projects. They competed in the PDL, which has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing across the globe. Roberts also has served as Director of Soccer at VSI Tampa Bay FC, operating a USL PRO franchise, PDL, and WPSL. For 3 years prior to that, Roberts served as Director of Coaching at Brandon FC. Roberts is no stranger to the area; he is a graduate of Plant City High School, and played soccer at Florida Southern College. During his career with the Florida Southern, he was named All-Sunshine State Conference three times, and was selected to the NCAA All-South Region team twice.
After his collegiate career, Roberts played professional soccer with the Charlotte Eagles of the USL PRO league and the Philadelphia KIXX of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Roberts helped each team win league championships.
Southeastern University's soccer staff has designed a camp program to improve your individual skills. Using drills, small sided games, and strategy work like small and large group offensive and defensive tactics, campers learn from top-notch coaches to strengthen their play. Coaches are dedicated to introducing soccer to young players “the right way” and to helping advanced players take the next stage in their development. Lakeland is located between Tampa and Orlando close to Florida's beautiful Sun Coast.
Coach Clay Roberts is now offering two camp programs!
NIKE ELITE CAMP
Boys ages 15-18
NIKE BOYS SOCCER CAMP
Boys ages 10-18 (all skills)
WHATS INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction, all meals, housing, supervision and evening activities.
Extended Day Campers (varies with location) 9am-8pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities.
Day campers (varies with location) 9am-4pm: Professional coaching and instruction. Lunch is provided.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Soccer balls may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $20. Campers are not required to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.
2019 NIKE ELITE CAMP - SESSION INFORMATION
Experience what it's like to play in a collegiate setting! Play at an elite level, practice and learn how to prepare athletically and academically for your college soccer career. NCAA guidelines seminar included!
Dates: July 12-14, 2018
Elite Camp Daily Schedule
Friday, July 12:
Check in between 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Afternoon session: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Evening games: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13:
Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:00 am
Morning session: 9:30 -11:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon session: 2:30-4:00 pm (NCAA seminar)
Dinner: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Evening games: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sunday, July 14:
Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:00 am
Morning session: 9:30 - 11:30 am
2019 BOYS NIKE CAMP SESSION INFORMATION
Check-in: Sunday, June 9, 2018
Check-out: Thursday, June 13, 2018
Boys Camp Daily Schedule
Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:30 am
Day campers arrive: 9:00 am
Technical session: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Small sided games: 10:30 - 11:15 am
Lunch/Rest: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Tactical Session: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Day campers depart: 4:00 pm
Dinner: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Evening matches: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Evening activities: 8:30 - 10:00 pm
Lights out: 10:30 - 11:00 pm
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Facility: Turf fields at Southeastern
Dorm: assigned at check in
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: shared on floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: YES
Key Deposit: $20 – Bring a check payable to US Sports Camps
Spending Money: $20-$30
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.
Southeastern University is a beautiful Mediterranean-style campus in Lakeland, FL. With a year-round average temperature of 72 degrees, SEU is the perfect setting to improve your game. SEU's campus is situated between two lakes on more than 87 acres.
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Loved the quality of the coaching
July 16, 2018: My son learned that he needs to work on speed of the game to make it at the next level. Loved the quality of the coaching and players, lots of sessions, and fun learning just how fast paced the college level can be.
— Anthony S. Parent
Staying on campus in the dorms was awesome
June 28, 2018: I learned about teamwork and how to believe in yourself. The coaches were great and staying on campus in the dorms was awesome.
— Blake D. Camper
He already is asking to go back next year
June 15, 2018: This was my son's first year at the camp and he already is asking to go back next year. The overall camp experience was amazing. The director and the staff were organized, friendly and fun.
— Annette C. Parent
Getting to meet other kids and experience a college like setting.
— Gary J., Parent 2017
My son broke his wrist on the second day of camp. The staff were very helpful with the situation. Got me into a doctor's office quickly and easily. My son still attended the camp and was able to participate cautiously. Again, the staff were extremely helpful and took great care of him.
— Stephanie, Parent 2017
Could not be happier!
Excellent instruction! Our son and daughter attended this camp and both enjoyed it immensely! They are already talking about coming back next year. Could not be happier with the coaches, skills, food and friendships made at this camp. You and your child will not be disappointed! -Parent of campers
— Jill O., Parent 2016
This is our first year attending and it was worth the drive and the money! My son was really happy and felt he received great training and made friends! I would definitely recommend this camp! Very organized and friendly staff !!
— Violet S., Parent 2016
Everyone was on point
I would definitely recommend this camp to all! Everyone was on point, from start to finish! Garret learned more in one week than he did in a season of playing competitive. We were very thrilled with SEU soccer camp, and cannot wait till next summer!
— Naomi S., Parent 2015
We'll be back!
From the time we walked in the door it was very obvious that things were organized, and planned, and the staff/coaches were ready to go! Coming from bad experiences with coaches in the past, this was very reassuring, and when I left I was not worried about my son. He had a great time and we will be back next year! Thank you!
— Maggie S., Parent 2015
very excellent camp. nice people, nice players, beautiful campus & a lot more. always want to play soccer & do drills till we get the hang of it
— Jackson B., Camper 2016
Food needs improvement
Check-in line. Please split alphabet into 3-4 groups so that 3-4 lines could be checking in simultaneously. Food needs improvement.
— Ann R., Parent 2016
Would def recommend this camp. My son loved it and the coaches helped him take his game to the next level!
— Ernie B., Parent 2016
Cannot Wait until Next Summer!
I would definitely recommend this camp to all! Everyone was on point, from start to finish! My son learned more in one week than he did in a season of playing competitive. We were very thrilled with SEU soccer camp, and cannot wait till next summer!
— Christopher M., Parent 2014
Registration a bit hectic
Registration and sign out was a bit hectic. The fields were turf which was extremely hot making it very uncomfortable for my son the entire week. Last games combined all ages 9- the oldest camper....not really ideal situation
— Warren A., Parent 2016
Keep it up!
That was my Fourth Year there and I loved it. Keep up the great work
— Bobby R., Camper 2014