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With only a few hours before we start our Easter Camp 2014, we are sure many of you are wondering what’s a day like in the BIWPA Easter Camp. So today we share with you the routines and activities that will take all the Easter Camp players.

At 9:00 am, after having breakfast, we will explain the activities they will do and which will be the day’s objectives. Also we will have the opportunity to make a video session where we will develop the technical content to work during the day.

From 10:00 to 13:00 we will break into groups to perform technical training session in the pool and physical activity out of the water. When we finnish, players will have lunch and a bit of free time to relax for a while and meet their team mates.

At 16:00  we will divide into groups to do a session focused on technical and tactics training in the pool, and a related activity until 18:30, time to change clothes and go home.

From 19:00,  the full board players will have some free time before dinner, when they will be able to take to speak with you by phone so you can ask them how was their day.

But that is just the daily routine, we have also prepared special activities for our players. On Monday 14th, Jesus Romero from Isostar, will tell the kids the importance of good hydration and nutrition as high performance sport is practiced. On Tuesday 15th we will have a visit from Anni Espar, Easter Camp ambassador, who will give a Master Class to the participants. On Wednesday  16th will be the turn of Xesco Espar, who will give them a talk on motivation. We will also have Felipe Perrone, another Easter Camp ambassador, who will give a Master Class on Thursday 17; and also the visit of Anna Copado, silver medal at London 2012, on Friday 18th.

For the Campus participants attending from Monday to Sunday, we remind you that on Saturday, after the technical session in the morning, the rest of the activities will be playful, and we will visit Barcelona, ​​Montjuïc area, which includes a visit to the Olympic Museum and the Barcelona 92 facilities, and when we return to CAR, the farewell dinner. Finally, on Sunday morning last training in CAR will be until 12:30 and everyone will go back home.

If you want to know more about how our players enjoy our Easter Camp, stay tuned to our Facebook and our Twitter, where we will inform you of how the day goes.

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.

Anni Espar Llaquet (Barcelona , January 8, 1993 ) is one of the most valuable players in water polo’s world water; for that reason she was chosen as the best European player of 2012 by the LEN.

She started to play, when she was very young, at CE Mediterrani.  Then she combined swimming and water polo training, because Mediterrani makes children play both sports, until the kids grow up and choose one of them.

At that time, Anni also played basketball at school so she was playing three sports at once. But at 14 years she was in turning point:  she was offered the chance to train in the  Sant Cugat’s CAR  with a grant from the FC de Natació, so definitively she choose water polo as her sport.

In season 2009/2010 signed for the  CN Sabadell team, with sham she won all major titles : several Queen’s cups, 3  Spanish and a European Super Cup. An enviable list of triumphs which proves the high level of  this young water polo player .

Currently and since 2010, the Catalan plays with the Spanish international selection. At this category, Anni was proclaimed world champion at the 2013 Barcelona World Championships, and she also have been silver medallist in the 2012 Olympic Games, where her involvement was decisive to achieve so successful medal.

With the Spanish U-20 team, Anni won the gold medal at the 2011 Junior World Championships , and she also won the silver in 2013 , which was a new sample of  this talented athlete.

In the 2012/13 seasons, she won a scholarship to study at the University of Southern California in the U.S., where she joined the USC Trojans water polo team, which has been proclaimed as the NCAA’s champion team in 2013.


Anni Espar, Silver medal in London 2012

Anni Espar’s successful athletic career, along with her human qualities, makes this player an exceptional ambassador for the BIWPA’s Easter Camp, the water polo campus which will be held during the Easter holidays in the CAR . Nobody like her to explain, convey and support the essential role that these type of initiatives,  such as the Easter Camp’s program or the  CAR, play on many of the best water polo players’ careers .

Anni told us: ” One of the best times of my life was certainly my unforgettable stay in Sant Cugat’s CAR. It was a unique experience and highly recommended. The environment around you is nice, both the treatment of coaches, teachers, like other colleagues or athletes. The values ​​I learned during that time have helped me to grow as a better player and person. The possibility to combine studies with sport is great, but it’s even better when you learn from it and enjoy it.

I want to thank BIWPA for this great initiative, which will not only promote our sport, but also to provide an opportunity for many people to live this good experience, that I’ve lived. ”

Anni Espar

Anni, Gold medal in BCN 2013

Definitely, at BIWPA’s we are all proud and honored to have the support of one of the greatest water polo players, not only in Spain also in the world. Thanks Anni, we cannot imagine a better ambassador for our Easter Camp than you.

There isn’t an exact formula to achieve athletic success. However, many of the great water polo champions share a common denominator: the High Performance Centre of Sant Cugat (Centro de Alto Rendimiento de Sant Cugat, CAR).

The CAR was established in 1987, shortly before of the arrival of the Olympics in Barcelona, in the year 92. ¿And which is CAR’s goal? To be a specialized training center for Spanish athletes who play Sports -considered- minority.

With this leitmotif, and 25 years later, the CAR has become a benchmark as high performance centre internationally. More specifically it has been, and it is currently, essential to promote water sports, especially synchronized swimming and water polo.

Much of the CAR Sant Cugat’s prestige comes from its modern and customized training methodologies. It also has the most advanced facilities and a 360º staff for the athletes. All the staff members work with a single goal: enhancing the natural talent of each player to achieve the excellence, and simultaneously, to optimize his contribution to the team which he or she belongs.

For this reason, the CAR has recently opened a new module which include, among other facilities, 3 pools that cover all the needs for a High Performance training. This pools also incorporate the latest audiovisual and sound technology systems (also underwater systems), to analyze the specific technical and tactical training aspects of each player.

Now BIWPA (Barcelona International Water Polo Academy) gives you the opportunity to live the experience of training in the same resort where Anni Espar or Felipe Perrone has trained.


Anni Espar

Biwpa hosts the first Easter Camp designed by and for water polo players. Easter Camp is a golden opportunity for those who want to enjoy a different vacation during the Easter period, participating in a unique water polo camp, with players from different countries and adding the infinite attractions that just a city as Barcelona can offer.

There are different dates for Easter holidays, depending on the country or the region that you’re from, so BIWPA offers 2 different options:

• April, from the 14th till 20th

• April, from the 21st till 27th

BIWPA uses a cutting-edge training method that improves water polo player skills (individual technique and tactics), and it also includes emotional development and mental strength training.

These methods will be conducted by professionals with proven experience at national and international level; the camp will take place in one of the best European facilities, and our two ambassadors will also visit the Easter Camp, Anni Espar and Felipe Perrone .


Felipe Perrone

Registration is now open and the feedback has been very positive. As soon as preparations for the campus advance, we will tell you everything that happens in this blog, on our Facebook and on Twitter.

Until then, and if you want to know more details, we invite you to take a look at the BIWPA’s web, particularly at Easter Camp program .

This way you will understand that Easter Camp is not another campus over water polo, it’s the opportunity to develop the technical skills of water polo for a week, and in the best environment that you can imagine.