Steve Griggs is the founder of the FC Sarum Soccer Camp. From 1978 - 1995 he was the Head coach of Men's Soccer at Yale University. He remains the winningest coach in the history of Yale soccer with a record of 143-110-21. His teams won the Ivy League Title in 1986, '89, and '91. In 1991, Yale reached the NCAA Division I quarterfinals and finished in the top 10 nationally. Griggs was selected to the All-New England Team during his playing days at Trinity College. He takes great pride in having played a role in the development of the world's most popular sport in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. The Griggs family has had a cabin on Mt. Riga in the hills above Salisbury since 1902 and continues its involvement in the area each summer. Steve's wife, Trish, was the camp administrator and managed all of the camp details behind the scenes. Trish was known to greet each family and camper with a smile and a warm welcome, allowing everyone to become an instant part of the FC Sarum Family. Entering the 30th season of FC Sarum in 2022, Steve & Trish have passed the legacy onto their children, Colin Griggs and Jessie Giegucz. Colin and Jessie were co-directors in the recent summers and have made careers out of coaching the beautiful game. They are excited to continue to join our community together and welcome both local and traveling families!
FC Sarum Soccer Camp was founded in 1991 by Steve Griggs and Salisbury School's much beloved coach at the time, Joe Cleary. Through the summer of 1998, FC Sarum was held at the Salisbury School until its movement to the beautiful hills of Indian Mountain School. In the early years, FC Sarum was proud to host around 30 campers per week. Now, 30 years later, it is common for more than 75 campers to attend each week and the retention with our loyal families is one of our proudest successes. Please see our testimonial page to read about our current and past campers, and staff, experiences!
The FC Sarum Soccer Camp is designed to provide in-depth instruction for young soccer players from the ages of 7 to 16. Each camper has the advantage of special attention--individually, as well as in group situations-- according to his or her needs and skill level. Emphasis for the younger players is on the development of a wide variety of ball skills, basic rules interpretation, drills and small group competition. The focus for the older, more experienced players is on pressure drills, position play and tactical training. At the end of each morning session, there are round-robin league games in the beginning, intermediate and advanced groups.
Campers, through the guidance and expertise of the coaching staff, will be challenged to work toward perfecting skills, and inspired to go beyond their existing capabilities. However, the most important objective is to help each camper discover a sense of personal achievement, while experiencing the joy and excitement of playing the great and universal game of soccer.