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BIWPA Easter camp finishes with successful participation one more year. More than 25 boys and girls from 11 to 16 years old came during their Easter vacations to the 3rd edition of the Camp that BIWPA organizes every year.

Coming from New Zealand, United States, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, England… the young water polo players enjoyed the best sports facilities in Barcelona at CAR of Sant Cugat, where they lived and trained together with other athletes for 5 days of the Camp.

Training and Fun

During this week, campers participated in 2 daily training sessions of technical and tactical work, and water polo games during the afternoon. All of the activities were directed and supervised by a great team of coaches: Xavi Balaguer, Enric Arnella, Sarah Lizotte, Ferran Pascual and Yuri Colet.

But BIWPA Camps are much more than just water polo and one of our objectives is that the campers have an unforgettable experience. A part from the trainings, the participants enjoyed different activities like soccer, volleyball, basketball which were supervised by Camp monitors: Guillem Campeny and Eric Colet.

High level Master Classes

One of the best aspects about the BIWPA camp is the huge number of worldly water polo professionals that collaborate with us, sharing their experiences and expertise with the campers. This offers great prestige to our program.

This year the young water polo players had the opportunity to train next to Ana Copado, Clara Espar, Dani Sullà, Josh Stiling, David Stiling and Joel Esteller, they all took part in different master classes and brought unique aspects of water polo.

In addition of the water polo player’s master classes, there was also the presence of Christian Fernandez, Physical therapist of the Spanish National Team, and Gonçal Zegri, water polo referee.

Sponsors Support 

We also want to mention the collaborators that not only supported this Camp but pervious BIWPA Camps. From here we want to thank Turbo, Danone, Nocilla, Isostar, BIC, Quely and Veri, for all of the products that they provided us.

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Hi! I’m Max Vernet Schweimer, a 19 year old Spanish water polo player. By now, I live in Barcelona. I started practicing this sport at the age of 7 and I have always been playing for Spanish clubs.

During summer 2014, my life experienced a big change. The San Diego Shores Water Polo Club was doing a Team Training Camp in Barcelona organized by BIWPA. The academy knew about my interest to travel to the USA to play water polo there and they informed me about the opportunity to contact this club. BIWPA managed for me a training with the Shores and introduced me to the coaches while they were in Barcelona. After staying in touch with the Shores’ staff to organize the whole trip, I finally could make it to San Diego in July 2014.

I was in California for three weeks, training and playing tournaments with the San Diego Shores. One of the competitions I played is called Junior Olympics (JO’s), which is one of the most important water polo events in the USA. There, all the young water polo players from the country gather and play against each other to become 1st of the Nation with their team. You also have the opportunity to talk to coaches from American colleges and universities there. Being part of that was absolutely incredible!

Traveling is a beautiful experience, but if you do it alone and with a concrete purpose, it’s even better. At the beginning it was a bit difficult for me to adapt to the lifestyle. American water polo is pretty much different to Spanish water polo and I needed some time to get used to it. But, in my opinion, seeing other water polo styles enriches you mentally and makes you a better player. I also had the chance to visit new places which I had never seen before and to meet wonderful people who I hope to see again some day. It was just amazing!

I would like to thank all the people who made this journey possible. First of all, thanks to BIWPA and the whole staff of the San Diego Shores Water Polo Club who helped me to arrange everything. A big hug for friends, players, families and coaches for what they did for me when I was there. They made me feel like home in every moment! And finally, I want to thank my parents who always support me in any decision I make and without them anything of this would have been possible.

Max Vernet Schweimer

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From my experience in the US I can say it has been one of the best things that could have happened in my career, because of the different gameplay with the Americans in relation to European or Spanish. It has also been an awesome experience regarding my social and personal life, because I have met many people from elsewhere with different opinions and customs and that always enriches you as a person. BIWPA helped me to organize and arrange accommodations during my time in the US. I was living with a family of a fellow water polo team in which I played and I think I was very lucky to live with that family for their hospitality and kindness to welcome home a person who they did not know and treated me as a member of their family.
There are some differences in water polo in the US compared to water polo practiced in Spain, so I think my stay there helped me to grow at a sporting level thanks to the advice and technical coaching points that advise you on how they prefer you to play and eventually there comes a time when you get used to the gameplay there. During my stay in the US I was able to play at several tournaments and qualifying rounds (in a month and a half I played about 40 games), that helped me to get more experience as an athlete.
Also the time I was there helped me improve my English, especially oral expression, since I only lived with people who speak English I struggled to communicate with others. After a couple of weeks, I could understand my teammates and the coach when they spoke to me quickly and colloquially.
It was the best trip of my life so far, because I was able to visit and enjoy one of the most amazing cities in the world such as San Francisco and cities and neighborhoods around, like Berkeley.
Finally, as to my opinion and experience of JO’s, it is the most important tournament for clubs in the United States, if you were to put a score out of ten, no doubt would be a ten for the organization, because there was many teams to play in the pools in Los Angeles, where the tournament was held, and the coordination of each category by level and age. During the tournament I played approximately eight games, and although we all wanted to win, matches were raced but where they were always fair games. The opposing team was considered a rival, but never an enemy and after the game the team players together chanted the name of the opposing team and when we greeted each other after the game, we always said “well played” regardless of whether we won or lost . In short, I think it’s a very impressive category for a tournament, the number of teams involved, the level of play and sportsmanship of the participants.
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What can you tell us of the time with the Riptides Water Polo?

It was my first time in high school, I´ve trained much to improve, I´ve met new people…    It´s been very fun. I´m still not playing because I´m the yougest and I have to work hard to improve my position in the team.

What do you think are your strenghts and your weaknesses?

As a weak point, I´m not very agressive, which is essential in water polo. On the other hand, I value my technique for swimming and defend.

How would you define as a player?

Practically I have just started playing, I have only 2 years. I´m someone who have the desire to learn and to have fun.

What you´ve discovered during these 2 years of initiation?

I like to work in a team. Before I swam and now I am able to train hard with a group where I have more fun.

What has helped you to jump into the water polo from swimming?

Above all in the technique when it comes to swimming, having started with a good domain has been very important.

Where you see in the future?

I´d like to become a first team player, and then if I improve much, I would like to play at the college level and also to get a scholarship at the University.

Do you think that BIWPA can help you to get it?

Yes, because the summer is a good time to improve, and also in my case it helps me to prepare the Junior Olympics, that i´m going to play soon.

As a sporting level I have improved the pass and the shot, because I don´t have a hard shot and thanks to practice i´m perfecting it.

You´ve signed up to do a short program, but would you like to be able to carry out a full program?

Yes while I could combine it with the school.

The TEWAM European Water Polo Tournament organized by Club Marbella for youngest players has become a reference. The most representative clubs in Spain and Europe do not want to miss a classic event where young people, in addition to practice and compete in the sport they love, create a fraternity trying to maintain over time. That´s why BIWPA started last year collaborate with TEWAM.

The TEWAM began with the dispute of twenty ten games between the teams that have registered. Not surprisingly Catalan sets, Jerez or the A team of Waterpolo Marbella have become the highlights of day winning every game they have played.

Also, the atmosphere that has occurred in the stands of the indoor pool of the complex Serrano Lima, can only be likened to the big occasion. Family, friends, fans of water polo in general and the heads of clubs and the federation estates have a special color to the competition itself to what really is the quote: one of the best water polo events quarry which They held in Spain. Event, which incidentally, has been copied by other clubs and are held throughout the year.

 

When did you start playing water polo?

I started when I was just 6 years old, in the ancient municipal swimming pool in Sabadell, where, at the time, the teams of CN Sabadell were training. I did a test for swimming, but I was told that I only could join water polo, I said yes, but I have to confess that I had no idea of was water polo was.

I got hooked immediately, and a few years later I entered “Escola Santa Clara” of the CNS and little by little I went crazy for this sport.

Your career began in CN Sabadell. What do you remember of this first stage of training?

The truth is that I keep very good memories, I spent many years playing there and every time I play there as a visitor it feels very strange. With Sabadell I had the luck to coincide with good coaches and, above all, great people like Rupert Navarro, Pere Carrasco, Xavi Balaguer, David Palma, and Jordi Millán; from each of them I learned things and they helped me a lot at any time, after all, these are things that we take for ourselves from the sport.

It was a pity that at the same time as I, some of them were forced to leave the club, but life goes on and we all have found our place!

You played in that team B of the CNS that competed in both First and Second National Division. What did those games give to you personally for your growth as a player?

I think those were the years that I enjoyed playing the most. We were a very young team and we wanted to show that we deserved a place in the first team or in the Honorary Division. I believe that playing in that team helped us to train very much, there played people as José Motos, Marc Soler, Carlos Sánchez, Jordi Mardones, Borja Fenoy, and someone else that I forgot, and finally they proved to have the sufficient skill to play on the top level.

The change from youth to senior team is very big and I think that this intermediate step was the key step for the adaptation. Those are leagues where the weekly games are a struggle to the death, you play against players who have already built their careers in the Honorary Division, and this gives you a priceless experience at this age.

It is a pity that due to the current economic situation, no team is capable of supporting a team B with its budget. But even so, every year players from youth squads raise to the first teams, which is the most important thing, after all. In the absence of the possibility to have youth teams, it is vital that the clubs have patience and trust their people.

 

In the 2012-2013 season, you were signed by CN Catalunya to play in the Honorary Division. What changes did you notice having played in the highest level competition?

The truth is that at first this change was not easy, you change the city, game philosophy, your teammates… this makes you a bit nervous, but from the first day in CN Catalunya they treated me as if I was at home, so it was very easy to adapt.

In Sabadell I used to train with the first team, and with that I did not notice any big difference in terms of training level. The big difference was to have the opportunity to play every week at the top level, and to have the power to assume the responsibilities.

This was a complicated step for me, but as it is usually said, when when one door closes, another opens, and this was indeed the case!

How is going to be this season for CN Catalunya?

Well, we have a team with a potential, there are many new faces and this requires some time to adapt. We have learn how to be a little more stable than the last season and in this way we will be able to consolidate our team in the positions that we want.

Little by little, we get to know each other better, we begin understanding each other at a glance and now when our league starts I am sure that good results will appear.

The important thing is to work hard at all the training sessions, and there is no secret, you play as you train!

Entering the BIWPA team, what attracted your attention to this project?

When it appeared, I immediately thought that it was a fantastic idea, and having become involved, I could make sure that it was indeed.

Very interesting projects that have never been created before are developed here. It is fantastic to see many and many teams from all over the world coming every year to Barcelona to visit us.

Apart from the Camps, that have been successful so far, we also managed to work with the best professionals. For kids it is a luxury to be able to participate in a camp with authentic champions like Dani Pinedo, Anni Espar, Felipe Perrone, Ana Copado, coaches like Nani Guiu, and sports professionals like Xesco Espar. With names like these words only get in the way!

This year you play a vital role for BIWPA guiding the water polo camps. What are you preparing for the players who want to come to the camps?

BIWPA Camps are a quality guarantee; there the players will be able to meet great coaches and to make friends from all over the world. Also, they are always organized in fantastic facilities, like those of CAR and CNB, in case of the camps that take place in Barcelona.

The day program of camps is very interesting. Besides the two training sessions where the participants will work thoroughly on all the technical aspects, and besides individual and collective tactics, we also have sessions of video analysis to be able to internalize the technical gestures that they will work on every day. Without forgetting the interesting workshops, like the one of interpretation of the rules or the one led by professional physiotherapists who show the exercises that help to prevent injuries.

I am crazy for water polo and I would have liked if there had been a Camp like that when I was a kid. When I see the kids’ happy faces during Masterclasses with the international players who come to our camps, I die of envy.

What is the role that the coaches play in training athletes?

They play a fundamental role; apart from having knowledge, it is very important to know how to transmit it. Apart from “what”, “how” is even more important. Every player takes something of each and every coach they have. Therefore, without realizing this, the coach becomes a fundamental part of the water polo skills of the player.

We have the big luck that all BIWPA coaches are top professionals, and are capable of transmitting perfectly our philosophy.

Original interview in Enfermos del Balón Amarillo.

We are in luck. From now on, all products of BIWPA will be available on the website of the prestigious brand Turbo, takes over fifty years in the world of waterpolo, is a pioneering always offering the most creative designs and the best quality of the market. This entity has been collaborating with us since the first day. Whether in our Campus, Academy or Team Training , all of our athletes have used Turbo as reference.

So that hereafter, anyone interested in receiving one of our products, can order them in Turbo and the online order will arrive directly to your home. Swimwear, silicone caps, waterpolo caps, backpacks, t-shirts… It´s been many people who have been asking us for this material. It is now available for everyone.

THIS CHRISTMAS GIVE AWAY WATERPOLO! GIVE AWAY BIWPA!

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The last time ‘Orange’ (Holland water polo men’s team) played at the Olympics was in Sydney 2000. To maximize our chances on qualification for Rio 2016 and – definitely – Tokyo 2020 we created an ambitious plan in 2014, with a key role for BIWPA and Barcelona water polo clubs.

Part of our plan is to have as much as possible ‘Orange’ men playing for Barcelona club teams in the top division of Spanish water polo. It gives them the opportunity to be part of a full time weekly program, managed by experienced club coaches, comprising some nine training sessions plus a match on top level. This is impossible in today’s Holland (club) water polo.

After we had our initial contact with BIWPA, they organized two test matches against Barcelona club teams in May 2014. All Barcelona club coaches were invited to see both test matches. It resulted in four of our ‘Orange’ players performing in the Spanish top division, season 2014/2015 (2 x CN Barcelona and 2 x CN Sabadell). This season 2015/2016, seven players are playing for Barcelona club teams (2 x Mataró, 2 x CN Sant Andreu, 2 x CN Rubí and 1 x CN Sabadell).

We see a faster technical, tactical, physical and mental development of our players in Barcelona compared to when they were active in Holland, thus increasing our chances on qualification for the Olympics. Rio 2016 might still come to soon, but we aim to be present again in Tokyo 2020.

We believe in our collaboration with Barcelona clubs and we are happy to have BIWPA as our agent from the start of our project. BIWPA keeps close contact with both Barcelona clubs & coaches and our ‘Orange’ players in Barcelona, so they can feel at home.

Besides being our agent, BIWPA organizes waterpolo bootcamps in Barcelona for us, both our National senior and youth teams. Our water polo bootcamp with some 80 ‘Orange’ youth players in February 2015, flawlessly organised by BIWPA, was the highlight of our collaboration so far.

Inspired by, and through positive experiences of our ‘Orange’ (youth) players active in Barcelona, more and more clubs and talent centers from all over Holland find their way to BIWPA to organize waterpolo bootcamps for them in Barcelona. Their reactions are without exception positive, on both content as well as BIWPA’s organizer role.

In a short period of time BIWPA established to become known throughout Holland water polo as a reliable and pleasant partner to work with. We look forward to have a long and strong relationship with BIWPA, and value your contribution in realizing our ‘Orange’ ambitions and dreams.

Management Water polo team Holland (men)
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From the 22nd to the 28th of November, Indiana Water Polo University girls were with BIWPA for our Team Training service. The Americans, coached by Barry King, made a total of six intensive days of training with two sessions in the morning and afternoon.
The first in the morning with two hours of preparation in the water at the Club Natació Barcelona facilities and afternoon preparatory scrimmages with different Catalan sports clubs. Among those who were CE Mediterrani, CN Mataro, CN Rubi and Sant Feliu.
These trainings are an added value to your stay in Barcelona because it serves as an opportunity to measure your level with the level of the European professional clubs. In addition, this serves as an opportunity to gauge their potential in the face of competition in the United States.
 The joint address by Barry King, has shown in social networks that Indiana was very pleased with this expedition to Barcelona. Their journey was published in a blog on their website where they wrote about their everyday experiences.
Although the visit served as sports training, it was also the first time many of the players have visited Barcelona and therefore have taken the opportunity to learn more about the secrets behind this city. Thus, they were able to see different places and were able to enjoy the excellent Mediterranean food.
Barcelona is one of the most important cities when talking about water polo. It has been the host to the Olympic Games (1992), Worlds (2003 and 2013), European Cups (2014 and 2015 Final Six) and will host the European Championships in 2018. The city also contains very excellent facilities that allow athletes to develop into their full potential. We could highlight all of the terrific aspects of the city, but the list is endless so we will only refer to a few:
  • High Performance Center of Sant Cugat CAR 
This is the birthplace of the Spanish Olympics. Because of there facilities, they have harvested some of the most well known Olympic sport legends. With a lot of sweat and tears these prestigious athletes have reached the highest level in their respected sports.
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  • Blume
If the CAR is the cradle, Joaquin Blume of Barcelona is the residence and genesis of Spanish water polo and all of its successes. The golden generation of great deeds has brought them international success for which they are known today.
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  • Municipal pools of Montjuic
These pools are indescribable. They overlook all of Barcelona and they are the the usual venue for major events that the city hosts. With the beautiful views of Barcelona, great facilities and athletic attraction these pools have been proclaimed world champions of Europe.
But this is does not contain the facilities and in the city and its surroundings where many teams participate in friendly matches and trainings in order to improve the competitiveness of the sport.
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Therefore, for those athletes who have contacted BIWPA, Barcelona offers multiple opportunities. Since 2014, nearly 20 teams from around the world have used Barcelona International Waterpolo Academy to prepare for a major event or simply to progress as a team through competition.
And the opportunity BIWPA offers in this area is unmatched. Barcelona has seen teams from Sweden, United States, Netherlands, Australia, Portugal, France … and many have come back to enjoy this experience once more.
Of course there is a special collaboration with the many different Catalan clubs that reside in this area. This collaboration has allowed teams that have come through BIWPA to play against these remarkable clubs.
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Finally, sports aside, there are countless opportunities offered in one of the most important cities in the world. Overlooking the Mediterranean, as it has always been throughout its history, Barcelona has many things to see: jewels of Modernism and contemporary architecture, markets, treasures of the ancient Roman and medieval town …
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