Sacred Heart University Field Hockey Camp

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT


Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut gives campers the opportunity to train with the elite SHU Coaching Staff - led by Sydney Van Der Merwe & Nicole Miller. The school offers air-conditioned dormitories, a beautiful turf stadium and a small collegiate campus easily accessible from both the CT Throughway -RT 15 & I-95. The camp is popular among the local residents as well as SHU hopefuls; a fun and talented camper make-up. The camp is open to ages 10 - 18, overnight is 14+ Only. Every camper will receive a limited edition reversible jersey, ball, water bottle, and lanyard as well as other fun prizes. Revolution Field Hockey Camps are USA Field Hockey Partner Camps - making recommendations into the Futures program.

About Our Coaches

Sydney Van Der Merwe

Sydney Van Der Merwe took over the Pioneer field hockey program prior to the 2016 season coming to SHU with nearly 15 years of field hockey experience.

Before SHU:

  • Came to Sacred Heart after spending the previous two season as an assistant coach at Missouri State, where he helped execute practices and game preparations, including scouting the opposition. He also assisted in all aspects of recruiting and student-athlete development. During the fall of 2013, he assumed the responsibilities of the Head Coach while she was on maternity leave

  • Prior to MSU, Van Der Merwe served as the Head Varsity Coach at the Hathaway Brown School for four years helping the Blazers to four straight North East Ohio Championships. In just his second season, he led Hathaway Brown all the way to the 2008 Ohio State Championship, followed by a pair of State semi-final appearances before falling in the title game in 2011

  • Van Der Merwe first broke into American collegiate field hockey as an assistant coach at Oberlin College in 2006 helping with recruitment, team practice and creating pre-season training programs

  • Since he left Oberlin, Van der Merwe has been coaching with USA Field Hockey's Futures Program. In 2009 and 2010, he led his U16 Region 9 Team to back-to-back National Futures Championships

Camp Details

Check in/out: Overnight and Extended Day Campers check in at 12pm on the first day and Check out at 12pm on the last day.

Age & Ability: Camp is open to ages 10-18 of all ability levels.

*Overnight Campers MUST be at least 14 years old*

Meals Provided: Overnight campers- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Extended Day Campers- Lunch and Dinner

Evening Activities: After dinner, campers will be grouped up in teams and scrimmage against one another.

Extended Day Camper Schedule:
1st Day
12:00pm - Registration
1:00pm-2:00pm Orientation
2:00pm-4:30pm - Afternoon Field Hockey Session
4:30pm-5:00pm - Free Time
5:00pm-5:45pm - Dinner
6:00pm-9:00pm - Night Field Hockey Session/Pick up

2nd and 3rd Days
8:45am - Drop Off at Fields
9:00am-11:30am - Morning Field Hockey Session
11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm - Free Time
1:30pm-4:00pm - Afternoon Field Hockey Session
4:00pm-5:00pm - Free Time
5:00pm-5:45pm - Dinner
6:00pm-9:00pm - Night Field Hockey Session/Pick up

4th Day
8:45am - Drop Off
9:00am - 11:30am - Morning Field Hockey Session
12:00pm - Closing Ceremonies
12:15pm-1:15pm - Check Out

Reviews (2)

Field Hockey Camps - Field Hockey Review Amy B. -Camper

The camp was super helpful in preparation for preseason and tryouts. I met a lot of other really talented girls!

Field Hockey Camps - Field Hockey Review Anthony Mason. -Parent

My daughter loved meeting new girls from many different places and getting a chance to play with them during drills and games.

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