Conestoga news

April 15, 2016 3:28 PM

Conestoga to offer Nike Sports Camps

Conestoga has partnered with Sports Camps Canada - the official operator of Nike Sports Camps in Canada - to offer a series of summer camps for kids aged six to 18 at the college’s new Recreation Centre at the Doon campus.

Nike Sports Camps have been delivered throughout the U.S. for over 40 years and have just broken into the Canadian market. Conestoga is one of the first Canadian operators of the camps and the only one located in the region.

Conestoga will offer three series of camps geared to different ages. The High Performance Sport Series includes volleyball and basketball camps with instruction by nationally recognized athletes and coaches. These camps target students in grades nine to 12 who have an interest in competing at the post-secondary level.

The Prep for Rep Series focuses on individual skill development and team play. Coached by provincially recognized athletes and coaches, it targets students in grades four to eight interested in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. This is the first Nike Lacrosse Camp to be offered in Canada.

The Fun and Fitness Series offers 14 camps for children in grades one to eight, with games and drills taught in a non-competitive format. Camps include Greek Olympics, Girl Power Fitness, Movement and Art and Movement in Math.

Coaches and instructors will be recruited by Conestoga and the college's Athletics and Recreation manager, Matt Maguire, will serve as a camp director.

"This is an exciting time for the college,” said Maguire. “These camps allow us to develop deeper connections with community members and promote all of the great things that Conestoga has to offer. They also allow us to support the growth and development of both current and future Conestoga athletes.”

The Recreation Centre at Conestoga’s Doon campus recently underwent a $16 million refurbishment that included upgrades to the existing gymnasium and the development of a 35,000 square foot fitness centre outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. The last phase of renovations are nearing completion and include a transformation of the Centre’s ice rink, which will be repurposed into a triple gymnasium with a four-lane running track overhead.

In addition to the meeting the health and fitness needs of students, Conestoga’s Recreation Centre also serves as a community resource with gymnasium and facility rentals available.

More information about Conestoga’s Nike Sports Camps is available through the Sports Camp Canada website.