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At the end of October, BIWPA made an undeniable leap of quality. The participation of a crew of BIWPA in the International Tournament, organized by the historic Greek NO Vougliameni in their own home, has been & is a milestone.

The fact that fourteen young Catalans, from different clubsfour of them from our own Academy-, had the opportunity to travel & compete with renowned sports organizations in Europe, is something extraordinary & unique until now. Not only because of the experience they have had, but because it makes us grow beyond sports.

The idea of creating a water polo project rose up after London 2012. A project where the young from all over the world could come to Barcelona to progress & improve their water polo, had a giant step at the end of the indicated date. Now, BIWPA is not just a company that is dedicated through the campus & the Academy to accompany the promises with their performance in this sport. We have demonstrated that we have the ability to reinvent ourselves and to go to a tournament with the mentioned characteristics as an own entity. Over there, where the clubs haven’t been able to reach due to different circumstances, we have tried to cover the void.

In this way, we also try to give back, within our possibilities, the work that clubs do in the training & formation of the players, the effort & talent of the players with a certain future and, above all, to return to this sport and to the people who have helped us in this process, all kindness and care we have received over these years from those who have formed part of this project directly and indirectly.

The preparation for the tournament

 As the result of which, the trip was a complete sporting & institutional success. The congratulatory messages received by the organizers and other participating teams was all a praise & compliment. In addition to the good play demonstrated & the exemplary behavior of our players, we were also recognized for having the ability of joining different players of great quality from different clubs to BIWPA: CN Catalunya, CN Molins de Rei, Cn Sant Feliu, CN Montjüic, CN Rubí, CN Poble Nou & CN Olot. Here we express our gratitude to them for their facilities.

The challenge was enormous from the very first moment.  Under the direction of our Technical Director, Quim Colet, we wanted to make this quality leap in the best possible way. Result of his previous period of life, as the Technical Director of the Catalan Swimming Federation & of a whole life dedicated to this sport, Quim Colet knew perfectly, for one reason or another, which players could fit within a strong & competitive team and could take advantage of this opportunity. Added to his water polo knowledge at an international level, he was the most indicated person to lead this team and obtain the best possible result.

First and foremost, competitives

The chosen players were: ten players added to the four that belong to our Academy. Captained by Víctor Andrade from CN Molins de Rei & directed by Quim Colet, the tournament was complicated since the very first match against the historic Greek Olympiakos. A benchmark in the Hellenic country and in Europe. A result of 14-9 led the rest of rivals to believe that BIWPA presented a competitive team. The mini-league of classification followed the same pattern as the rest of competitions. Victorias against el Faliro (8-6), Vougliameni B (1-19) y Hellas SK (1-16). But the Cross brackets were a different story.

The semifinal against the strong Savona, one of the most ´piu forte´ teams of Italia, directed by an entire institution in the Pallanuoto, like is Claudio Mistrangelo, got us out of the final. With a result of 7-9, the BIWPA team were combative until the end, facing one of the strongest of the tournament, and finally, won the competition.

The fight for the third place was also complicated, facing the Olympiakos. Despite falling by a single goal (9-8), the fact of having placed against the difficult situation, facing one of the European clubs whose reserve of young players is recognized for its prestige, was already, by itself, meritorious.

Víctor Fernández (14), Alex Royo (13), Jordi Gascón (11) and Albert Ponferrada (10), were the team´s top scorers. The two goalkeepers, Eric Domíngues & Ahmad Perez had minutes in equal parts and stood out of the safety they gave the team in every moment.

To conclude, thank the Organization of the tournament and specially, to the coach of N.O. Vouliagmeni, Spiros Boulougouras.

The water polo player Anni Espar (Barcelona, 1993), who is currently playing for CN Sabadell and the Spanish National Team, has signed a contract with BIWPA and she will be our new brand ambassador.

The Catalan player has always been involved with all of BIWPA’s projects, both in Summer Camps and the Academy, where she regularly attends to perform master classes with our athletes.

“BIWPA has always seemed to be a company with very interesting projects and passionate employees about water polo, just like me. That’s why I have always been interested in helping them grow and improve in any possible way”, says Anni.

With BIWPA, Anni Espar has the opportunity to share her knowledge with young water polo players who want to learn and improve their techniques, something that she finds to be “a great and brilliant idea”.

New challenges

At the end of this year, the Catalan player will leave Barcelona for Sydney, where she will be playing water polo in the University of Sydney team, in addition to finishing her studies.

“I look forward to new experiences and being able to continue growing both as a player and as a person. I have a strong desire to go to Australia to compete with one of the best teams and to continue learning from new coaches, new peers and teammates, etc. While I’m there, I will be playing for the Sydney University and simultaneously I will finish my studies in Business Administration. I will have some extra time which I plan to take advantage of by traveling & by creating a BIWPA Campus there, affirms the Catalan player.

Anni Espar had a similar experience in the United States of America where she won the NCAA title with the University of Southern California: “I lived one of the best experiences in the USA while I played for USC for a year and I learned a lot”.

For BIWPA, it’s a great privilege to count on one of the best players in Europe, named the best water polo player of 2012 by LEN and Silver Medal in London 2012.

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Last week, BIWPA, represented by Yuri Colet, participated in some conferences dedicated to the training of water polo technicians, thanks to the invitation of the Swedish Federation.

Yuri Colet attended the conference as a guest, invited to a symposium in Stockholm, organized by the Swedish Swimming Federation for all aquatic disciplines. The National Body was pursuing the goal of deepening the required knowledge in forming water polo basis, at technical and tactical level, for collective and individual games.

The day was a real success. Among the public there were different profiles, from the technician with many years of experience behind them, to young ones who were beginning to be trained and formed. “The truth is that the dynamic was very positive, in every moment there was a good participation and any doubt and question of the attendees was dissipated”, describes Yuri Colet who values very well the opportunity of this offered knowledge &, who doesn’t discard at all the possibility of the repetition of this invitation for the BIWPA.

The appointment to which attended Yuri Colet as the co-founder of BIWPA, had its origins in the Team Train Camp that the Swedish team SK Neptune carried out 2 years ago. The Greek technician, Alexandros Vlastos was delighted and as its results, a professional relationship was established.

It also coincides, with an important moment for BIWPA, as this summer, continuing with the implemented philosophy in our Academy which helps the players to grow their skills in the game, the horizon that the technicians can also participate in our programs has been opened. In this way, they can continue to grow and increase in their knowledge and therefore, professionally in their respective areas in which they can carry out their task.

The interships are an innovative instrument in its field which is already bearing its fruit as could be seen this summer with the participation of different technicians. Following this training methodology, Yuri Colet went to Stockholm trying to transfer the knowledge which is being applied in different services of which BIWPA is making use.

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How did you learn about BIWPA?

I was looking for a program that included water polo in order to finish my high school career. I searched water polo in Europe and BIWPA was one of the first results that I had found. I have studied Spanish before, so an option to pursue my water polo career in Spain really helped me make my decision.

What skills do you want to develop in the academy?

I hope to gain experience a lot of experience at the academy. The athletes who study at the university – that is where I want to play – have much more experience than I do. It takes 5 or 6 years of playing water polo in order to gain this type of knowledge. I hope to gain this type of experience with BIWPA. Also, my position is a center, so I would like to improve my defensive play.

Why did you choose Barcelona for your training?

Like I have mentioned earlier, I am familiar with the Spanish language and it seems to be a beautiful city.

 

 

What does it mean to come to Barcelona as a young water polo player?

I am not familiar with the history of water polo that exists in Spain since it is my first time here. When I came, Yuri and Cristina explained to me the long tradition of water polo that exists in Catalonia and the area of Barcelona.

And what are your first impressions?

Coming to play with BIWPA in Barcelona was a big change. It was definitely a challenge in a new city. Also, the demand for the sport was something that I had to adjust to. I was accustomed to training 2 hours for 4 days a week. When I came to Spain I training 5 hours every day.  So yes, it has been a big change for me.

How important is it to meet new people and learn a new language during this process?

Meeting new people was not the most important during this process; rather learning a new language wasthe most important to me. Knowing a different language can help you find work in the future, now I can speak Spanish!

Could you say anything in Spanish now?

(Laughs) Ask me a question.

Do you believe that BIWPA might have helped you choose a university with a scholarship?

(In Spanish) I believe that yes, after 10 months I have the experience to play a higher level than ever before.

Can you imagine that you can spend a long stay in Barcelona water polo training, playing in Spain and also discover one of the best cities in the world? Well, that’s what BIWPA can offer through its intensive program of water polo at the Academy. An unforgettable experience that you will have for the rest of your life and you will always remember with affection and, why not, nostalgia over the years.

More than 20 boys and girls around the world have used this tool to continue progressing in their favorite sport and grow as athletes. From the US to New Zealand via Scotland and Singapore. This is a unique opportunity that will help not only athletically, but also to mature and grow as a person.
Hand in hand with our coach, Ferran Pascual, the player will train in the morning and then go to school. The intensive program includes 25 hours a week of daily training exercises from Monday to Friday, divided into water and improving physical strength in the gym. In the evenings, the player can learn Castilian or English and play at a local club to compete and keep improving.

All it combines with Spanish high school (3rd and 4th ESO, 1st and 2nd of Baccalaureate) in the Joaquin Blume Institute, where the player will also live in the residence located in front of the school and whose facilities have been used by great Spanish sportspeople. The golden generation of Spanish waterpolo led by Manel Estiarte began to forge its legend in these walls.

Foto: Eduard Omedes

Foto: Eduard Omedes

All that said, you will be supervised at all times by technicians and tutors of BIWPA, whose reputation and experience is highly regarded. It is also the same training system of High Performance water polo that the majority of players of female and male selection of the senior team in Spain have followed and has been so successful worldwide.

In addition, thanks to an agreement with AGM Sports, specializing in college scholarships in the United States, the chances of a scholarship may be increased by an extensive exhibition and dissemination of the water polo game. This is because college coaches and scouts are always in contact with our technical staff to find out the evolution of the students who pass through our Academy.

In short, the Intensive BIWPA Program or Academy can offer you an unforgettable experience and a unique opportunity to take a leap of quality in your game. Besides, you will have the possibility of combining studies and sports in one of the best cities in the world and compete in the Spanish clubs.

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