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Barcelona (Spain) and water polo form a successful pairing. The Spanish city is undoubtedly one of the great spots for water polo worldwide, where the commitment to a minority sport such as water polo is greater, there are more clubs and more facilities to train and compete at the highest level.

Since the Olympic Games of Barcelona ’92, the city has hosted the World Championships in 2003 and 2013, the European Championships in 2018 and the Champions League finals in 2014 and 2015. Six major events in less than three decades.

In the last two years, 31 teams from 14 different countries participated in BIWPA’s training camps, with the United States as the country with more representation. BIWPA offers the best of Barcelona to all teams: clubs of a wide variety of levels for scrimmages, some of the best swimming pools and facilities to train at (Club Natació Barcelona, Olympic Montjuic pool, etc.), masterclasses with the best coaches, Watlicam sessions, restaurant recommendations, city’s must-sees, etc. Our team training camps are tailored to every team’s needs.

Players and coaches that have lived the water polo Barcelona experience shared their thoughts with us. Here’s what they think:

UC Davis in Barcelona

 

Gavin Arroyo, Head Coach LBSU and former player Atlètic-Barceloneta and CN Barcelona

My experience in Barcelona was unequivocal both in terms of water polo and life experiences. Playing with and some of the legends of the sport on a daily basis was challenging and educational. I was able to wander the streets of the Barri Gotic and plaza born on my way to Spanish class at the escola official de idiomas. There I met people from all over the world who introduced me to their culture and customs. Art, food, music, architecture, history, diverse people, Catalan hospitality with the best water polo coaches and players; That is what Barcelona means to me”.

 

Maggie Steffens, USA Women’s National Team captain and CN Sabadell player

“I feel very fortunate to be playing and competing in Barcelona, Spain. There is an energy here around sport that is inspiring to be surrounded by on a daily basis. In terms of water polo, you are playing against and with some of the most intelligent players in the game. I have learned so much from just watching players in practice and trying to imitate the way they might do something or try to prevent it from happening. I have learned a new style of play, a new vision of the game, a new methodology to training; all of which are tools to add to my tool box”.

“I have absolutely loved playing and learning here and I have been able to do it while living in easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Barcelona is absolutely incredible and has a new gift to offer every day. I have immersed myself in the culture; speaking the language, eating the (unbelievable) food, going to family homes for a Sunday Paella, exploring the streets of the city, & adventuring to the many wonders Spain has to offer. This truly is not just a place to visit, but a place to live. And for me personally, a place to learn and develop as I desire to grow as a player”.

 

Daniel Leyson, Head Coach UC Davis

Barcelona offers the best of both worlds when it comes to travel and water polo. All of the best teams in Spain are in the Barcelona area which enables any visiting team to train with a wide variety of high level clubs. And Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world with great tourist attractions, food, and night life!”

 

Quim Colet, Head Coach CN Sabadell

“Barcelona is the city with the most water polo teams in the world (8) and, in addition, there are more than a dozen water polo clubs in its area, all of which of a very high level. Besides, 80% of the players currently at Spain’s national teams train at the High Performance Center (CAR Sant Cugat), located very close to Barcelona. The Catalan competition is clearly the most important in the world in training categories. On the other hand, Barcelona is also one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, for me one of the most wonderful cities in the world. What more can you ask for?”

 

From left to right: Daniel Leyson (UCLA), Quim Colet and Gavin Arroyo (LBSU)

What type of employee are companies currently seeking? Education and studies are obviously essential to opt for the vast majority of jobs, but they are not usually enough. Beyond a degree or a title, companies look for team players, flexible, autonomous, ambitious, and confident employees, just to name a few. Here are the 7 reasons why water polo players are the best employees.

 

1. Water polo players are detail-oriented

Endless workouts and hours and hours of pool to perfect the shooting technique, passing or other skills. The great water polo players know that success often depends on correcting the details, like egg-beater, leg positioning or faking technique. The details are key in water polo and are what will make one player superior to another. That kind of dedication to the particulars can give the competitive edge in the office as well as in the pool.

 

2. Water polo players can manage their time effectively

In order to be a student athlete in any sport you have to be able to effectively balance your work and school. Water polo players train five days a week and they have at least one game every the weekend. That’s why water polo takes time management to another level. Players have to be capable of keeping up with school, give everything in training, find time to rest and eat and, also very important, find moments for social life. These skills translated into the labor world increase employee efficiency and productivity.

 

3. Water polo players can set challenging, yet realistic, goals

National championships, being called-up for the national team, play with the older category, dream of reaching the senior team, winning MVP awards… Every water polo player trains to achieve goals like these. Working with medium and long-term objectives is always more stimulating. Water polo players understand that the most effective goals are ambitious, but reachable, and once they have a goal, they work tirelessly to achieve it.

 

4. Water polo players know how to be good teammates

Practically all the jobs require being in contact with other people, holding meetings, taking care of tasks that depend on several people, etc. In the same way, water polo is a team sport in which individual success is not contemplated without the help of teammates. In addition, in a minority sport such as water polo, everyone knows each other better and the teams end up forming a large family that goes beyond the limits of the pools. Players know how to deal with people, cheer their teammates up when it’s required and experience the feeling of collective success.

 

5. Water polo players know how to tackle a tedious task and make it interesting

After endless pre-seasons in which swimming with T-shirt and the dryland workouts are part of the daily routine, most tasks in the adult world may seem a lot more interesting. Water polo players, after getting used to hours of exhausting swimming specially in the start of the week, will know how to make from a monotonous task something entertaining and, more importantly, they will have already developed a lot of tricks to keep themselves focused.

 

6. Water polo players know how to perform under pressure

From a penalty shootout to playing the final of a national competition. The pressure is constant in the day to day of a water polo player: games against direct rivals, man-up situations in which scoring a goal is the only option etc. Applied to the workplace, all this effort under pressure is very good practice for any presentations or public speaking that may come their way, or to deal with deadlines.

 

7. Water polo players are intrinsically motivated

The most important thing that water polo players learn from their years of training is how to stay motivated at both the fun times and the hard times. The moments before a major clash or the coach speech before jumping into the water are clear examples that will make the players feel motivated and fired-up before a challenge. Water polo athletes know how to work at what may seem to be a thankless task in order to improve themselves and benefit the team as a whole.

 

Article inspired by “7 reasons why hiring a swimmer will enhance your company”, Swim Swam

A successful 2018 has come to an end for BIWPA, which has entered 2019 as the year of its fifth anniversary. In 2018, BIWPA organized a total of 3 campuses in 4 weeks (one in Easter and another three in summer), three events and 15 team training camps. Additioanally, 45 athletes were enrolled in the Academy during the last season. In the paragraphs below we go over the figures, teams and nationalities.

Academy (17-18)

A total of 45 athletes took part in the BIWPA Academy in the 2017-18 season, from September 2017 to June 2018. Out of these 45, 23 participated in the annual program, while the rest, 22, took part in the short program, which allows athletes to experience the Academy for a limited time (during a week, a month or even a semester). Although most athletes were local, up to 14 water polo players came from the United States. In total, we had athletes from 11 different nationalities.

Campus

As usual in recent years, this 2018 we held three water polo camps. During Easter time we were in the CAR Sant Cugat, the high performance center where the best athletes in the country train. On this campus we had a very special guest, the international Spanish water polo player Albert Español. 24 players from eight different countries participated in this first week of camp.

A few months later we moved to Club Natació Barcelona (CNB), ​​one of the best sports clubs in the country, for our summer camps. We spent two weeks in the CNB and one in CAR, between June and July. Throughout these three weeks we had 114 participants from 25 different countries. Up to 69 campers took part in the two weeks of the CNB summer camp, representing 14 different nationalities from three continents: Europe, America and Oceania.

The summer camp at CAR welcomed 45 campers in a single week, coming from 14 countries in Europe and America. All the participants had the chance to see the European water polo championships live from Barcelona.

In total, our camps in 2018 received 138 participants from 26 different countries. At the 2019 Easter Camp (April 14-20) we will celebrate our fifth anniversary, with several surprises to be revealed and the registration still open.

Team Training Camps

2018 has also been a great year in terms of the organization of team training camps. Here are the 13 teams that participated in the 14 team camps organized in 2018: Widex GZC Donk (Netherlands) twice, Water Polo Canada, SK Neptun (Sweden), La Morinda (USA), Cuba men’s national team, Portugal men’s national team, Torino (Italy), 680 Drivers (USA), Rose Bowl (USA), Ontario (Canada), Commerce (USA), Falu Vattenpolo (Sweden), Christ Church Grammar School (Australia). This means an approximate number of 250 athletes from 8 different countries.

Events

This past year has been very positive also in the tournament section. BIWPA organized its two reference events, improving the numbers of the past editions in both cases. The second edition of the Beach Water Polo Costa Brava in Palamós (August 31 – September 2) grew from 16 teams to 26 teams from seven countries. The Macros team, a combination of active players and former players of Club Natació Barcelona, ​​was proclaimed champion of the Beach Polo, which brought together a total of 300 athletes. Top division players such as Edu Lorrio, Víctor Flores, Adrià Delgado or Roc Ferrer participated in the event, as well as the stars of the Spain Men’s national team Fran Fernández and Alberto Munarriz.

Only four days after Palamós, we kicked off the third edition of the Barcelona International Turbo Cup, an international tournament held at the Montjuic Olympic Pool. 16 teams in the male 18U category and four in the senior women’s category took part, approximately 250 athletes from five different countries. CN Barcelona Vista in the men’s competition and CN Sant Feliu in the women’s competition were the champions of the Turbo Cup.

HaBaWaBa Spain

As a new event this year, BIWPA organized the first edition of the HaBaWaBa Spain – RFEN, held in Barcelona alongside the 33rd European Championships. The top tournament for youth ages worldwide was a success in its first edition in Spain, with the participation of 44 teams from nine countries and more than 600 water polo players.

 

Photo: Aerial image of Palamós beach (Girona), during the 2nd edition of the Beach Water Polo. 

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The waterpolo coach, Quim Colet, with more than 30 years of experience as waterpolo coach, is now the new Sports Director of BIWPA.
Today, the BIWPA Academy begins the 2016-2017 season under the sports direction and management of Quim Colet.

Quim Colet is the new Sports Director of BIWPA and also, the responsible for Sports Academy. The international academic year has already begun and with him, BIWPA begins this season. The new Sports Director will manage, coordinate and supervise the daily trainings of the young athletes who will form part of the BIWPA Academy in the season 2016-2017.

Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA) is a unique and novel project which is destined to train and educate young waterpolo athletes from all over the world in Barcelona, combining studies with the waterpolo. BIWPA has found in Quim Colet the sports experience which was looking for, necessary for the direction, in addition to “know our philosophy and working methodology”, confirms the general management.

Quim Colet has been the Technical Waterpolo Director of the Catalan Swimming Federation during the last eight years, designing and adapting a working model which is a worldwide reference. In addition, he has coached the male waterpolo Olympic team in Beijing 2008 & London 2012, and also the junior team selector, obtaining several medals such as the gold medal in the World Junior Los Angeles 91, the Bronze medal in Mar Del PlAta 2005, and the silver medal in Volos 2011, as well as some medals in European Championships like: the silver in Sopron 1992 or the bronze in Oradea 2005

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-Three of three posible titles. Amazing. What are the keys to reach this success?

It has probably been our hope, practice hard and a way of playing that let all of us reach our best level of waterpolo.

-JUG has invested heavily this season incorporating you and Xavi Garcia between others. You have far surpassed the initial goals…

Yes. They demanded us one title this season and finally we have achieved all of them. You can’t imagine the happiness of the people in the city.

-About the Final Six. You have given a lesson. You beat Eger in front of their crowd, Pro Recco in the penalty shoots in an excellent match and in the final you beat Olympiacos that were more fresh than you…

It has been so tough. The first match against Eger after a month without official games. Next, Recco proposed a suffocating pressing. And finally the final, I don’t really know from where we got that energy to play.

-One more time Felipe Perrone proves again that he is one of the best players in the world. Your appearance is stellar and you take the reins of the team in the moments of more tension…

Well, I had a good championship but the truth is that we play in a way that lets me play at my top level. Besides having left-handed players in the team, centers, goalie, center defender… was fundamental.

-You already have 3 Champions leagues. You walk into a select club within reach of very few in the history of this sport …

Honestly I don’t think in that kind of things. Every one has each history . If I think in how we did it in Barceloneta, I think it passed a few months before we realized what we had achieved and I think this year will be the same.

-And now Rio 2016 with Brasil. What is the preparatory path until August?

I can’t think in Rio yet but the way is training 7 hours each day since last Wednesday. Before Rio we have the final of the world league that is really important for the image of the team.

-A medal would be the best way to close one of the bests season in your sportive career. Are there options?

In Brasil is a miracle to be able to compete Two years ago Brasil lost for 10 goals. Our objective is to be on the first eight teams and then be able to play a quarter final match in front of 18.000 people where we can dream big.

-As you know, in BIWPA this summer we are buzzing with the camps. We would like you to send a message to all the guys so they want to join us and they can dream with becoming, with a lot of effort, the next Felipe Perrone.

What I can say to them is that they have to take advantage of this camps to learn a lot, and also to make new friends from Spain and the rest of the world. It is an unique opportunity!!!

P.S. We miss you a lot in Spain…

I miss Spain too

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The LEN Champions League is here. The most important clubs appointment will take place in Budapest (Hungary), specifically in the legendary pool of Alfred Hajos in the Margarita Island.

In this same place, two years ago, the woman Spanish national team became European champion. Our ambassadress Anni Espar was there and keeps an indelible memory of this event.

The six best teams of the moment will fight for taking the reign that nowadays and since last year Pro Recco has, when they won in Barcelona their eighth European cup. Besides the Italian team, the next teams will contest in the 2016 Final Six: ZF-Eger (Hungary), Jug Dubrovnik (Croatia), Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép (Hungary), Olympiakos (Greece) and our representative the CNAB.

All the teams have the intention of become the European champion. The great rival, as every year since the arrival of Volpi to the Italian club is Pro Recco, composed by a completely All Star world team. With top players like Sukno, Tempesti, Mandic, Bodegas, etc.

But this time, the organizers want that the Final Six can be a massive event, for that reason, this time the pool will have its maximum capacity, even more than the European championship in 2014. It is calculated from the organization that the pool will have an approximate capacity of 6.000 locations without counting the media and the VIP locations.

Besides, the fans that will move will be numerous. In the case of Olympiakos, there are hundreds of tickets for the greek fans that with no doubt, will fill the stands with atmosphere and its unconditional support. They hope to repeat the success in 2002 when they raised the trophy in the Margarita Island for the first time.

From BIWPA, we want to send the best wishes to CNAB and specially to one of our best collaborators: Dani López Pinedo. But also we want to wish good luck to our BIWPA ambassadors Felipe Perrone and Xavi Garcia.

In our water polo camp in Rading from the 14th to 20th of August you have a chance to improve your Water Polo skills in a fun and testing environment. at BIWPA, we understand the importance for development of players for the future, for this reason we have organised our first camp of water polo in England.

The camp will take place in Reading, near London, and participants will stay at the spectacular Bradfield College. A unique location in the heart of England where young hopefuls, aged 12 to 16 years, will have everything you need without having to leave the premises.

 Throughout the week participants will have the opportunity to train hard to help improve their tactical and technical water polo skills. At the camp using our methodology we will aim to teach the participants about all aspects of water polo to help them improve as much as possible in the week.

 There will also be a special coach coming with us for the camp: Ciara Gibson from CN Mataro. She is born to English parents but has lived in Catalonia since childhood. She played with Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics and this season made history with her team to win the first trophies for the club, the Copa de la Reina against CN Sabadell and LEN Trophy against the powerful, Greek Vougliameni.

Accompanied by our co-founder Yuri Colet, the only possibility is to improve your skills for further progress in water polo. This week provides participants with a wealth of experience from all the coaches, that will help their development greatly.

 And if you have never visited London, we offer the opportunity to spend a whole day in this glorious city.

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In BIWPA we’re in luck! From now on, all students participating in the Academy program and want to continue their studies in Barcelona have the option to  follow the American educational program in English at ES International School.

This private school follows the educational standards and programs of the Department of Education of the State of Florida, United States. It is aimed for the success of international students. For this reason the language of instruction and administration is English, and the school works directly with native teachers. The ES International School is located within the premises of the Sanchez-Casal Academy (El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona). This Academy is internationally recognized and sport is an essential part of the curriculum. T

he classes of this Academy are organized around the training sessions of our athletes. In addition, this school offers a service of obtaining athletic scholarships at US universities to all students who graduate from high school and who meet the requirements.

The International School in Barcelona, ​​is recognized in Spain as an Abroad Center that offers the educational system of the United States by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Spanish Ministry of Education. It is also recognized by the Middle States Association of the United States. In BIWPA we believe that education and training of athletes is essential in the growth of sport, which is why we constantly look for the best options to meet the academic needs of our athletes.

So far the students who have been part of BIWPA Academy program, continued their studies at the Blume residence, where they live and train, which counts among its facilities with a public institute that is covered by the Spanish regulations. In order to expand the possibilities and give our students the opportunity to choose between two different academic programs in BIWPA we have reached this agreement with ES International School.

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