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Our Easter Camp 2014  has finished with a great success. Athletes, children and their parents have told us their impressions after their participation in our Easter Camp 2014. Of all, we’ve chosen some to give you an idea about how was the first water polo camp at BIWPA.

Let’s start with the elite athletes who have join us. Felipe Perrone, Anni Espar and Anna Copado attended the campus and offered various water polo master classes to our guys.

‘During these days I could see how the children have learned the different concepts with ease. This proves that this campus is very positive for their sport growing. I think all parents can be sure of their children have had contact with the high level water polo, as well as they have built friendships and experiences that they will remember forever ‘- Felipe Perrone, international player with the Spanish team, and Easter Camp 2014 ambassador. –

‘Biwpa’s camp is a unique opportunity to train in the environment where the best athletes in the world train. Train at CAR makes children understand what means to have a top-level sport daily routine and life. For me it was great to join the kids in the water. I thoroughly enjoyed helping them to improve their tactics. I loved their enthusiasm. ‘ -Annie Espar, water polo world champion with the Spanish team and Easter Camp 2014 ambassador. –

‘The idea of the academy was very interesting, but see how it really works was great. Being part of the Easter Camp was a great experience, and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many female presence. I want to highlight the illusion of boys and girls, and also all the work and the passion that the organization and the coaches have had to develop the programs and training session. ‘ -Anna Copado, Olympic Games medalist in London-


Parents of the children enrolled in the Easter Camp also were very satisfied. We have received numerous calls and e-mails to congratulate us.

Our son Antxon, has completely enjoyed the campus, and it has been profitable for him. He made friends, has practiced English and now he boasts with his teammates about the trainings with the Spanish team players. He wants to apply what they learn in the next game of Waterpolo’– Iñaki, father, Basque Country. –

‘The experience had been unforgettable for Toni. Mi son has been delight with the training method, the coaches, the facilities, etc. He explained that Mr. Perrone was very friendly with the kids, something to be welcomed in someone as popular and important in the water polo world. He also told me that a sports store opened on a Saturday just for the campus guys. What a treat! -Tina, mother, Majorca. –

‘The facilities are excellent for athletes development, whatever their specialty is. All athletes would dream with them. We feel as very positive complement the conferences included in the program; especially the talks about feeding, the values ​​to be pursued and also about the idea that it is possible to combine your studies with an intensive sport routine.’ – Jose Mª, father, Canary Island. –

‘We loved the organization: the kids are all day doing activities and achieving great friends. Also, they return at home happy because they have been in contact with professional water polo players and because they have learned and improved their level of the sport that they love ‘. -Tere, mother, Valencia. –

‘Sara won the prize for Most Valuble Player this weekend at the San Diego Cup. Her team won silver, or second place. I want to thank her wonderful BIWPA coaches of CAR. Her experience shows the wonderful effect they have had on her confidence and her water polo skills.’ -Jessie, mother, California.-


And at last, but not least, the testimony of the real protagonists: our boys and girls.

‘I’ve learned a lot of technique and tactics through the three coaches: Joan Colomer, Xavi Balaguer, and Yuri Colet . The method was very interesting because in the afternoon sessions we applied what we had seen that morning in lectures and videos ‘. -Jan, Catalonia, 13 years old.-

‘The campus was great, and the CAR facilities are amazing. I enjoyed knowing and communicating with children from other countries, it was funny . If what you want is to learn more about water polo and improve your level, I would definitely recommend it .’ -Aris , Greece , 16 years old –

‘The relationship with mates was great, and we are still in touch, we have a good friendship. I especially liked the meetings with professional players. Training with Felipe Perrone was amazing. He was very friendly at all times . He taught us and we learned so much , I loved to meet him. ‘– Luis , Valencia, 17 years old-

In general, the comments, e-mails and calls are for congratulate or thank us. We also want to thank you all who have been part of the first BIWPA Easter Camp. Without you, It would not have been possible.

And if you didn’t come, remember that there are many other BIWPA programs waiting for you. And also, we’ll have two  Water Polo Summer Camps this year.  We hope to see you there!

The first week of the Water Polo Easter Camp 2014 was a great success. We are delighted with our young water polo players, which have shown a lot of motivation and interest and their improvement has been steady all week.

To them has been an experience, not only because they have made great friends, but also because they were able to share values ​​such as teamwork and generosity, and they have shown great enthusiasm and passion for water polo. Thanks to the strong connection between coaches and players, the Easter Camp participants have not only experienced high performance water polo, but have also learned to develop their skills and abilities.

What impressed them most has been the visits of great athletes like Anni Espar, Felipe Perrone and Anna Copado, and the lecture “How to stay motivated all year” by the coach Xesco Espar, one of the distinguishing features of our campus. In addition, the experience of training in the CAR of Sant Cugat has left its mark among our water polo players, not only they were impressed by the facilities, but also because they have been able to experience the lifestyle of elite athletes and they were able to share with them breakfast, lunch and dinner. What an experience!

To finish the campus, yesterday  we were able to enjoy a very special tour. We went to see the match between Spain and Canada and then we walked through Montjuic, getting to know some of the facilities where the Barcelona 92 Olympics took place. In the evening we all shared together (parents , participants and coaches)  a farewell dinner, which was very emotional, full of gifts and surprises for our water polo players.

We are very pleased with the success of this first edition, mainly because our water polo players have had a great time while improving their athletic performance. Tomorrow comes the second group, and we hope you enjoy as much as the athletes who’ve been with us this week.

We hope to see you again in the summer!

As you know, BIWPA‘s philosophy is based on excellence and technical development of the athlete. In the same way, our programs focus on the psychological and emotional preparation of the players, a factor with great impact on individual and collective sports achievements. And if anyone is an expert in this area, that’s Xesco Espar .

Xesco will do a lecture to all the players registered in the BIWPA Easter Camp in 2014, entitled ‘How to stay motivated all year’, and it would include, among others, the following issues:

  • What are the main points of personal performance ?
  • What routines can make us perform at our best all year round ?
  • How can we increase our psychological talent?
  • What is and what is the purpose of invisible training?

Espar claimed during an interview in a Spanish newspaper that you have to ignore our feelings, even when we talk about sport: “You can only grow if you are thinking of your goals with your heart and not your head, because it limits you” .

For those of you who are not enrolled in the Easter Camp 2014, but want to attend the lecture, feel free to write to and we will give you more information on how to get a valid acreditation to attend the presentation .

About Xesco Espar

Francesc «Xesco» Espar (Barcelona , 1963) began as a player in the youth teams of FC Barcelona. He spent two seasons on the senior handball team which won a Cup Winners Cup and a King’s Cup in the 1984-1985 season.

Later, he coached the youth team of FC Barcelona (1985-1991), the junior team (1991-1997), and was the senior team fitness coach and assistant coach to Valerio Rivera ( 1997-2004). He became the coach of the senior team of 2004-2007, winning his first season the handball European Cup.

Currently, Espar has begun a new career as a sports coach off the field. He has created the Coaching Academy , where courses on planning, exercise and motivation to sports teams are offered, and in 2010 he published the book ‘Play with your heart’ .

Xesco is also the father of two great water polo players: Anni and Clara Espar. In addition to Anni as an ambassador for our Easter Camp 2014, we are pleased to announce that Xesco Espar will also be on campus.