INDESCAT selected BIWPA as a finalist in the internationalization category
Barcelona International Water Polo Academy has been doing a great job toward the international impact of the company. This great job was finally recognized in the 5th edition of the Business and Sports Awards. INDESCAT, the Catalan cluster of the sports industry, awarded prizes in four different categories: entrepreneurship, partnership, innovation and internationalization.
The awards were delivered at the Barcelona School of Business of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), with roughly 180 people from the sports, business and institutional sectors. It is the first time that BIWPA has a presence at the event organized by INDESCAT, which is a clear sign of the expansion and growth that the company has experienced throughout its almost four years of existence. The clear vocation of BIWPA to reach an international audience has been reflected in the large number of nationalities and foreign clubs that have taken part in its activities.
A clear example of BIWPA’s international presence is the Academy, which year after year has been increasing both the number of athletes and the diversity of their nationalities. The United States is the country that provides more participants, though there are also water polo players coming from other countries such as Brazil, New Zealand or Scotland. At the same time, the Academy team has been participating in the Chatzitheodorou international tournament in Vouliagmeni (Greece) for two years and will move to the USA in February to play the Kap7 Tournament.
It is precisely in the North America where BIWPA has a great influence. American colleges and high schools such as UC Davis, CC United, Los Altos or Foothill have come to Barcelona to participate in team training camps. In addition, BIWPA has organized clinics in California and has been present in the Junior Olympics, the largest age group water polo tournament in the USA.
Camps and tournaments, also with an international vocation
Camps are also one of the projects with foreign participation. Whether it’s winter, Easter or summer, BIWPA organizes camps in the best facilities of Barcelona such as the high performance center CAR de Sant Cugat or Club Natació Barcelona. More than 70% of the participating boys and girls on camps come from other countries.
Also in the tournaments BIWPA attracts foreign teams. Teams from countries such as Italy, Hungary, France, Russia, the United States, England, Holland and, of course, the rest of Spain have participated in both the Barcelona International Turbo Cup and Beach Water Polo in Palamós.
This is the video with which BIWPA was presented to the INDESCAT awards: