Nike Soccer Camp Irvine Valley College
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The best place to become a better soccer player is in the company of coaches and players who share your passion. Join us at Irvine Valley College for a week of intensive 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. Coach Graeme Jennings has spent the last ten years developing soccer programs in the United States, Europe, and Africa. He combines training methods from the U.S. and Europe to form a full daily schedule, applying challenging drills and new training techniques.
- Skill of the day
- International style training
- Game based activities
- Tournament scrimmages each day
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Campers grouped by age and ability level
- Nike Camp T-shirt
- Post camp written evaluation and certificate
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Camp Director Graeme Jennings
Graeme Jennings was born in Nottingham, England where he started playing soccer at age five. In his youth he played for the prestigious Nottingham Forest youth team and also the regional team of Nottinghamshire. He earned his coaching credentials at the college level working in schools as an advisor to help to create, set up, and develop soccer programs.View Graeme 's Bio ⟩
While at South Nottingham College, he was on the team roster of the highly successful Soccer Academy program which has seen many current professional players graduate from and play/coach for English premier League teams such as: Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Bradford City, Charlton Athletic, Leicester City, and Nottingham Forest.
He played college soccer for Sheffield Hallam University and was then recruited to come to the U.S. to coach at summer soccer camps. After completing his degree in Sports Management, Graeme permanently moved to the U.S. to be the director of camps for Challenger Sports and coach travel teams. He has been developing and running soccer programs for the last ten years in the Unites States, Europe, and Africa. He has coached with the Sports Domain Academy (SDA), working with travel teams to design and begin a very successful academy program for pre-travel players to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to aid them into the transition of competitive soccer.
Coach Jennings' coaching philosophy is based on players getting the maximum number of touches on the ball per session. He believes the more touches taken, the more confidence gained, and therefore the better the footwork and the game become. Friendly competition is a excellent driver for learning. Pushing yourself harder every single day is the great motivator for success and personal development.Show Less See More Camp Details
2018 Session Information
Dates: July 9-13 and July 23-27
Day Camp: ages 8-16
9:30am-12:00pm on Friday.
Half Day Camp: ages 6-8.
Program runs from 9:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday
Skill of the Day
Monday - Dribbling
Tuesday - Passing
Wednesday - Shooting
Thursday - Attacking and Defending
Friday - World Cub Day
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Soccer Ball (campers must bring their own), Soccer cleats, shin guards, goalies must bring own equipment.
Facility: Grass fields
**Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch each day.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00-9:30 Rosters and juggling
- 9:30-10:00 Speed, agility, quickness drills
- 10:00-10:30 Technical introduction
- 10:30-11:00 Technical development
- 11:00-11:30 Passive pressure activity
- 11:30-12:00 Full pressure activity
- 12:00-12:45 Lunch
- 12:45-1:15 Games based activity
- 1:15-1:50 Fun games/ daily challenge
- 1:50-2:00 Scrimmage warm up
- 2:00-3:00 Scrimmages
Irvine Valley College is located in the beautiful city of Irvine, CA. With easy access from both the 405 and 5 Freeway, it's convenient and a perfect location to enjoy the surroundings of this pristine city. The campers enjoy the sunny weather and the great amenities offered at of Irvine Valley College.
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My son enjoyed the camp thoroughly
As a parent, I appreciated the assertive and authoritative nature of the coaches. At the same time, the coaches were fun and kind to the kids. My money definitely didn't go to waste! I was worried my son would be "lost" and lose interest in this camp because the coaches were inattentive or their "teaching" methods were too alienating or boring. My son enjoyed the camp thoroughly, from beginning to end. I've never seen him so engaged in a sport before! This is a child who went to this camp with ZERO soccer skills! He now has a great foundation in soccer and is planning to join his school's recreational soccer club. Thank you!
— Steven & Peggy W., Parents 2017
So much fun!
Our son came home every day telling us how much fun he had at camp! He seemed to do something different each day. His favorite activities were practicing on curving a soccer ball and competing in the daily scrimmages-great camp!
— Lillian J., Parent 2017
Coaches were helpful
This was my child's first year attending a Nike Soccer Camp. She really enjoyed it. She said that it was intense, the coaches were helpful, and she had a really good time. She will be going to Nike Soccer Camps in the future. Very beneficial!
— Cindy W., Parent 2016
Have seen her improvement first hand
This was my daughter's first sport camp ever. Even though she wasn't always energetic and was very nervous, she got up every morning and commuted an hour with me to camp because she wanted to be with the coaches. The coaches critique of her was spot on! We have started our soccer season now and I have first hand seen her improvement! Her coach has even commented on her improvement. Wish Coach Katie could've seen her play goalkeeper her first game! (She would''ve been proud!) We look forward to camp next summer! Thank you for providing this opportunity!
— Samantha P., Parent 2015
Better grouping of skill levels
Group the kids into skill/ability level so that more advanced kids are challenged, can improve their skills and understanding of the game, and are less frustrated by stating at the pace of kids with lower skill level/less experience.
— Trevor W., Parent 2016
The Nike Camp in Irvine was excellent. My son had a good time, learned new skills, learned to play well with a team and much more. Every morning he was excited to go back. The coaches were experienced in soccer and knew exactly what each child was good at or needed a little help with. We are looking forward to joining camp again next year. Thank you.
— Karren D., Parent 2014
Bit of a free-for-all
The young children should scrimmage with the young. A 6 year old and 9 year old should not be scrimmaging eachother. Children should have an adult walk them to the restroom since it is out of view of the camp and their coaches. More individualized coaching during the game would be beneficial versus no direction...it was a bit of a free for all. The director was very kind and positive.
— Dom M., Parent