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BIWPAcademy 18/19 pool

Season 19/20 kicked off with 18 athletes, half of them from abroad.

A new season has started at the BIWPAcademy with a group of student-athletes ready to perform to their full potential. The core service of Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA), running from September to June, has started its fifth season with plenty of new features and a new agreement with Club Natació Sant Feliu, a Barcelona-based club team where all international athletes are playing and competing.

The Academy is formed by a group of 9 Spanish athletes playing in different local club teams mixed with a group of 9 athletes from abroad: 7 from the US, one from Mexico, and one from Romania. The coaching staff, led by our Sports Director Quim Colet, is made up of the usual coaches Ferran Pascual and Yuri Colet, and a new addition, Fran Torres.

Three of the athletes, all from the US, are doing the gap year program, aimed at players older than 18 looking for training and competition opportunities abroad. In the next months, other international athletes will join the Academy for a short program or the second semester, which will start in January.

BIWPAcademy 18/19 outside

Official photo of the athletes with the Academy hoodie (PFotoàlbums)

Services

Three new services that were added last season to the program have been extended to this season. The Academy athletes have a physical therapist coming over every Monday, as well as nutrition counseling and a mental coach.

Additionally, the coaches hold Watlicam sessions with small group of athletes once a week to focus on the individual technique and give personalized feedback to every player. 

Ambassadors

The Olympians Anni Espar and Adrià Delgado will be the two BIWPA brand ambassadors for season 19/20. The Spain’s national team player Espar will commit for third year in a row to the brand, while Delgado, one of the most decisive players of the Spanish league, has agreed to represent BIWPA’s values.

Additionally, the Academy will keep the masterclasses as a key part of the sports program. So far, Anni Espar and Felipe Perrone have joined a practice with our athletes.

CN Sant Feliu

This season the BIWPAcademy announced a partnership with CN Sant Feliu. All the international athletes train in the evening and compete in the local league with Sant Feliu, so it is easier for the BIWPA coaches to keep track of the international athletes’ progression.

 

Photo credit: Official photo with the athletes, coaches and part of the Academy staff (PFotoàlbums)

Anni-Adri BIWPA

The two stars will exclusively represent BIWPA and will collaborate in the transmission of the brand’s values through its 4 main services: Academy, camps, team training camps and events.

Adrià Delgado and Anni Espar are the two new brand ambassadors of Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA). Delgado signs with BIWPA at the start of his second season in Spain, while Espar, who has collaborated with BIWPA since it was born, is extending her contract for the third year.

The agreement was made official last Thursday, October 17, at the Blume facilities in Barcelona, ​​where BIWPA conducts training with the athletes of its Academy. It was formalized by Cristina Marín, general manager of BIWPA, and the two professional players.

Speaking about the brand association, Marín said: “It is a great honor that athletes of this level chose to be linked to the values ​​that we represent, which are none other than the dissemination and promotion of water polo and the training of young athletes”.

Adrià and Anni are currently two reference players both in the men’s and women’s water polo community. Apart from involving the players with the Academy, through several masterclasses during the season, the two players will also have presence in the other BIWPA services: campus, tournaments and team training camps.

Two successful figures

Adri-Anni BIWPA

Adrià Delgado, Cristina Marin and Anni Espar pose for the agreement (PFotoàlbums)

Anni Espar’s career achievements are simply astonishing. Espar has won all domestic titles four Champions League with CN Sabadell. Internationally, she has one gold and two world silver medals, an Olympic silver medal and European gold and bronze medals.

Outside of Europe, she became NCAA champion in the US and also won the Australian league. After almost a decade with CN Sabadell, Anni Espar has started a new challenge this season with CN Mataró.

“Adri” Delgado was one of the most valuable players last season on his return to Spain. He finished as top scorer with 73 goals in 29 games and finished league runner-up with CN Barcelona. After he was already called up for the national team, his main objective now is to play the next Olympic Games with Spain in Tokyo, something he already did in Rio 2016 with Brazil.

Delgado said of the deal: “I’m privileged that I’m getting to collaborate with BIWPA, an organization that is giving great visibility to water polo across the world. I really like the work methodology that they have both in the Academy and in the other services they offer”.

Espar was very satisfied to commit one more year to the values that BIWPA represents: “I’m very happy to keep collaborating with a company that helps to the growth of water polo and that allows me to share my passion from Barcelona with players from all over the planet”.

Cover photo: Adrià Delgado and Anni Espar, new BIWPA brand ambassadors, with the general manager Cristina Marín (PFotoàlbums)