Nike Soccer Camp at Oregon State University
Summer training at OSU!
Join Graeme Jennings and his staff at camp in Corvallis, OR in 2019!
Coaches who share your passion are the best to help you improve! Join us for a week of intensive soccer training at Oregon State University. Our goal is to stimulate a love for the game in our players 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. Director of one of the top ten soccer camps in Southern California, at Irvine Valley College, he brings his expertise now to this Oregon community.
- Skill of the day
- International style training
- Game-based activities
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Grouped by age and skill level
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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 focuses on providing players 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 game becomes. Friendly competition is a excellent driver for learning. The skill to push yourself harder every single time can be the greatest motivator for success and development. He combines training methods from the U.S. and Europe to form a full daily schedule that applies challenging drills and new techniques into game situations.
Coed: July 28 - August 1, 2019
Ages: 6 - 18
Check-in Hours: Sunday, 3:30 PM
Check-out Hours: Thursday, 11:30 AMShow Less See More Camp Details
2019 Session Information
We offer Overnight, Extended Day, Day, and Half Day Camps for soccer players of all ages and ability.
Overnight camp for ages 8-18
Extended Day camp for ages 8-18
Program runs 9:00 am - 9:00 pm each day, and 9:00 am -12:00 pm on the last day of camp.
Day camp for ages 8-18
Program runs 9:00am-5:00pm each day, 9:00am-12:00pm on the last day of camp.
Half Day camp for ages 6-8
Program runs from 9:00am-12:00pm each day of camp.
Skill of the Day
Sunday - Check in and training group placements
Monday - Dribbling
Tuesday - Passing
Wednesday - Shooting
Thursday - Attacking and Defending
Friday - World Cup 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, etc
Facility: Grass fields
- Overnight Campers check in Sunday between 4:00-6:00pm at the dorms.
- Extended Day and Day Campers check-in Sunday between 5:00-6:00pm at dorms.
- Day campers depart at 6:45pm on Sunday.
- Extended Day campers depart at 9:00pm on Sunday.
- Graduation:Thursday at 11:00am at the dorms. Parents encouraged to attend!
- Check-Out: Immediately following graduation.
Extended Day & Day Camper Schedule
- Day camp schedule runs from 9:00am-5:00pm (except first and last days, see above).
- Extended Day camp schedule runs from 9:00am to 9:00pm (except first and last days, see above).
- A more complete schedule will be available at check-in.
Lunch and dinner are included for Extended Day campers. Day Campers can either purchase a lunch card for $32 or they can bring their own lunch each day.
2018: Dorms TBD. Roommates may be requested, otherwise they are assigned by age and gender. No A/C available in dorms, small fans are recommended.
Evening activities may include bowling & pizza party, talent show, trip to the movies, camp dance, optional swimming, miniature golfing, surprise activities, and access to outdoors college training facilities.
Portland International Airport
Nike Soccer Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the Portland Airport and schedule The HUT Airport Shuttle Service. http://www.portlandairportshuttle.com. Call: 541-753-7831. Reservations are mandatory. The round trip cost is $85, which must be paid in cash or credit card at the time of service. The camper will need to save their round-trip ticket for the return. Please note that each camper must have a permission letter with destination information from their respective parents to board the shuttle.
The shuttle departs every hour and a half. There is a 12:45pm shuttle to OSU, and one again at 2:15pm which means that the campers will arrive at the OSU bookstore at 4:25pm. A Nike Soccer Camp staff member will meet the camper at the OSU bookstore and take them to check-in, and to their dorms, as long as we are made aware of their arrival time.
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 am Rosters and juggling
- 9:30-10:00 am Speed, agility, quickness drills
- 10:00-10:30 am Technical Introduction
- 10:30-11:00 am Technical development
- 11:00-11:30 am Passive pressure activity
- 11:30 am-12:00 pm Full pressure activity
- 12:00-12:45 pm Lunch
- 12:45-1:15 pm Games-based activity
- 1:15-1:50 pm Fun games/daily challenge
- 1:50-2:00 pm Scrimmage warm-up
- 2:00-4:00 pm Scrimmage
- 5:00 pm Day Campers depart, optional soccer activity for extended day and overnight campers
- 5:00-6:00 pm Shower, dinner
- 6:00 pm Evening activity
- 9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:30 pm Return to dorms
- 10:00 pm Lights out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
August 3, 2018: My child enjoyed learning new skills and improving on the skills he already knew. He also appreciated the enthusiasm his coaches brought to camp each day. As a parent I appreciated how the coaches got to know the kids during the week and took the time to say a few words about each kid on the last day of camp. My son learned how to pass the soccer ball, how to properly shoot at the goal, and how to properly play the defender position.
— Williamson R., Parent
Coaches were knowledgeable and pushed the campers
August 3, 2018: I, the parent spent a little time watching and listening to the coaches and I was impressed with the instructions and how the coaches instructed. Also, the kids were pushed pretty hard which is good for them. My daughter is entering high school, and felt the instructing at the level was very good. I think she will be back next year.
— Jim B., Parent
The coaches were very friendly and made sure the kids were all included. After the first day both my kids felt like they had a personal connection with their instructor. Both kids made new friends at camp and talked about how exciting each day was. They liked how each day had different drills and skills to work on. I thought the camp went out of their way to accommodate for the weather by finding indoor facilities and alternate activities during the heat of the day. It is a camp that we would definitely do again in Corvallis, OR. It was well organized and the communication was just enough to keep you informed. Nike was very prompt to respond back to my emails when questions were asked. My kids couldn't even think of anything to change except make it one more day! Very positive experience for them. Thank you!
— Debbie B., Parent 2017
My daughter's roommate called in sick the day of camp. When we arrived she had already been re-assigned. She felt welcome immediately. The evening activities were fun for her and the plan for the hot weather was great.
— Jaime G. Parent 2017
Good recreational camp
My son's impression was that the camp might be more about fun than truly improving skills. Now, this is based on feedback from an 11 year old, not direct observation by a parent. But this same kid has played comp level for 4 years, and has weekly one-on-one lessons with an ex-pro where he gets pushed really hard, and enjoys it. He said he didn't ever feel pushed at the Nike camp, and that the broad range of ages and skills meant that the training was more generic. In addition, you all had to deal with some brutally hot weather, and that impacted the camp in a number of ways I'm sure. However, he definitely had fun!
— Mike H., Parent 2017