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The importance of English these days is seen everywhere. We live in a world in which English is absolutely necessary to advance in almost every trade and those who have early exposure to the language have more possibilities later in life. For this reason, in BIWPA’s camps, our professionals are using as much English as possible with our participants. Although advancement in water polo is the immediate goal, we can’t forget that sport is also a means to educate and teach life lessons and values in a forgiving environment.

Of the parents that call and write to us at BIWPA, the majority ask us about our English classes. We are ecstatic that they ask about this aspect of our services because we believe this is what sets us apart from other water polo academies, for not only our Spanish participants but our international players as well.


For these reasons we would like to emphasize that though BIWPA is a water polo organization, we also understand the importance of a well rounded education in and out of the pool. We believe that the services that we provide and the caliber of the personnel that work with us also emit our goals.

Players from Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Croatia, The United States, Peru, Brazil and even India have come to learn more about water polo and make new friends with BIWPA. Evidently water polo is the main common interest, however with boys and girls from so many different parts of the world, it is shared through the essential tool of the English language.

In BIWPA you will be combining training sessions with other activities, because we are aware that not all about summer camps is water polo. Also, we want to offer you the opportunity to take part of the Barcelona’s charm enjoying the city with several options during Manel Estiarte Camp and CAR Camp.

Therefore, in addition to train and learn from the best about this sport, there is also available three extra optional activities separated from BIWPA Camp price.

1. Locals Barceloneta Surf

A surf company along Barceloneta beach and a cheap opportunity to have fun surfing the Mediterranean waves. “A great upper body and arms workout session” like Felipe Perrone said, who is also a surf lover.


2. Barcelona Bike Tour

Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world and a famous attraction for millions of tourists. Barcelona has many typical places to visit and hides many other secrets too, that you can discover riding around in a healthy way, our bicycle tour.

3. Port Aventura

It is one of the best theme parks in Spain. Port Aventura has a lot of history, many families have experienced their attractions year after year. It is one of the highlights that we can offer as an extra activity to release adrenaline at the legendary Dragon Khan.

By Xabi Gómez.

Talking about the High Performance Centre of Sant Cugat is is to write about the modern history of water polo. Although the first steps on the road to the professionalism of the sport in Spain where in Blume facilities, is currently the CAR who has capitalized all the resources and therefore athletes the sport has. Sant Cugat, birthplace of great water polo, its facilities have been the stars of the national aquatic landscape. It was also where the great deeds of the sport based on many occasions, sweat and tears were forged. Hours of training where we have sought perfection that give access to the utopian dreams of the sportsman in international showcases.

If the walls of CAR could speak, we could find great personal stories of overcoming, sandwiched in pain and desire to continue growing. Silent testimonies of hundreds of players who have suffered in their own flesh the two faces of sport. The good and bad reflected in the pools of Sant Cugat but is a toll that all waterpolo player must pay if you want to reach the top.


Endless training sessions where only through BIWPA  the future professional water polo player can feel everything it takes to be an elite athlete and the goals you should be set to be crowned among the best. In the CAR no free lunch and if you’re there, it’s because you’ve earned, often at the expense of friends, family, school …

But aware of this, in the CAR own the athlete has at its disposal the means to train as water polo player, person and student at a time. Why, one of the great advantages of High Performance Center is able to combine studies and sport therefore within the facilities, athletes can form educationally extracting values involving sports, such as perseverance and sacrifice, applying to study. As summarized Anni Espar in his interview to BIWPA, “the values I learned during that time, have helped me shape me as a person and as a player. Able to combine studies with sport is great but even better when you learn and enjoy it. ” This are the words of a world champion and Olympic silver medalist.


In short, evoke the CAR of Sant Cugat brings to mind that there have been great memories. Some better some worse but certainly was the means necessary if a player wanted to grow up to the top. So from BIWPA, although we believe that families have to make a major economic effort so that their children can attend and participate in BIWPA the methodology applied, the CAR is the inner sanctum of the national water polo and, if future promises this sport can have a chance to go through its facilities, the experience is priceless because we are sure, will be a before and after in the player’s training.

As you may already know, BIWPA‘s intensive Easter Camp will be held in the CAR Sant Cugat (Barcelona) facility during the holidays of the 2014 Easter.

In previous publications, we have spoken about the benefits that the BIWPA Easter Camp has to offer, as trainings are held in one of the most technologically advanced training facilities in the world.

Anni Espar and Felipe Perrone, icons within the international water polo community, have accepted to be our ambassadors of the Easter Camp.

The purpose behind this new post is to inform you about the content of the BIWPA training sessions, to deepen your understanding of our organisation, and have you meet the technical team directing its development.

Lets start by introducing our training systems directed by the excellent facilities, staff, and methodology.

WP Easter Camp 2014

Methodology and Philosophy

At BIWPA, we apply a methodology with real results: a renowned integrated training. The objective is to put players in the same conditions that would arise in their competition. This means exposing them to real-life game situations where they learn to respond and react in successful ways.

In essence, integrated training incorporates real game situations into a training session that not only recreates them physically but psychologically.

In fact, this methodology has already been applied by coaches and trainers of team sports in Barcelona; trainers Paco Seirul·lo, Valero Rivera, Xesco Espar, Pep Guardiola, Marcel.lí Massafret or Rafael Aguilar .

These competitive simulations – more or less complex-, allow the player to increase their response time and physical and mental fluidity in the water. Obviously, the level of difficulty in these simulations will increase depending on the different factors involved and their interaction.

In addition, training situations are varied and evolve from exercises and analytical situations, to more global situations.

This methodology will allow us to discover, improve and develop, technical, tactical, physical and psychological elements of the game so that each player can enhance their contribution to the team. At the same time, it allows the player to optimise their individual skills, while improving fitness.

To understand the overall philosophy of the BIWPA methodology you must understand that it is based on the ‘integral training’, but which also applies another crucial concept: the name ’the momentary action of a player’.

The ‘moment of the act’, is a way of understanding the collective sport through the player. The moment of action is what could be considered as reaction – technique and tactic – of a player, facing a given situation (x) in the water.

It is known that within the process of a player’s reaction, three phases are distinguished: perception and analysis; decision making; and finally, execution.

It is a combination of psychological and physical factors that generates a player’s action with more or less success.

BIWPA’s system is very aware of these three phases (individually and collectively), and develops them through different levels of difficulty, both in simulations, as in the rest of the sessions we offer.

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Program and Technical Team

With regards to the daily routine, the first day will realise tests to coordinate participants and organize them into groups by playing ability, not by age.

All the athletes of BIWPA’s Easter Camp, each day will have: 2 hours specifically dedicated to water polo; 1 hour of dry land fitness and anatomical adaptation; and 1 session of video regarding their technical development.

In addition, there will be specific water polo sessions aimed at different aspects of the game: defense; positional attack; counter attack and counter attack defines; and man up and man down.

The success of this all encompassing program offered by BIWPA would not be possible without the team – capital letters – that will develop and direct it. The team is formed by: Xavi Balaguer, Technical Director of the camp; Joan Colomer, trainer; and Yuri Colet, 2nd coach. Let’s learn a little more about them!

Xavi Balaguer, our Director technical Easter Camp, grew up in the División of Honor, first playing in professional Catalan clubs. He passed through the CN Sabadell, CN Sant Feliu or Waterpolo UAB; the same teams that then would develop his technical career – since the beginning of the 1990s.

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Xavi Balaguer

As a coach with CN Sabadell, Xavi Balaguer has: 3 titles of women’s League, two cups from Copa de la Reina, a title of runner-up in the Copa del Rey and the other in the Supercopa of Spain, both with the men. In addition Balaguer has trained a multitude of international water polo players.

Already in developed technically, it laid the foundation of the current womens team who later became European champions, winning in 2011, constituting the first female League Champions of the Spanish water polo.

Balaguer explains his vision of the Easter Camp: ‘ the water polo Easter Camp is an innovative addition that helps fill a gap in our water polo development as a country. It has the best resources, both human and infrastructure. It is an exciting project. During the first day we will test the players abilities in order to divide them into training groups and adapt the technical tasks to be carried out on the basis of the level and not at the age. I want to bring my experience and expertise to this project’.

In addition, we have, Joan Colomer, a trainer who became the technical director of the Federació Catalana de Natació. Colomer is engraved in the CN Premia‘s history as the coach who led several lower division groups into division of honor (93-99 seasons i 2007-2012).

Joan Colomer Easter Camp

Joan Colomer

Joan Colomer is well known trainer known for spotting some of the greatest talents in water polo. He has participated in other projects as a high performance coach in the technical center of the FCN, in the residence Blume (1999-2005); and now we are fortunate to have him in at the 2014 BIWPA Easter Camp. Joan commented that: ‘ BIWPA is a way to bring innovative ideas into our sport and allows you to cultivate and develop great players. It is great to see such progress ‘.

Currently, Yuri Colet is the coach of the team of the youth women’s water polo team in A. E. Santa Eulalia. He played water polo in the categories of EC Mediterrani and has now fully dedicated his expertise to the teaching of water polo. Short over twenty years old, his responsible character and profound knowledge of the game has already lead him to a team like the the womens team of Club Natació Sant Andreu, where he was assistant coach (2010-2013 seasons). At Sant Andreu, he coached the categories Cadet and juvenile female.

Yuri Colet waterpolo

Yuri Colet

The level of demand and the Yuri’s dedication to the sport are contrasted with his youth; but with experience now accumulating, Colet represents a great and valuable technical reinforcement, for the coach and all participants.

Yuri states, ‘ I’ve been a player and I know the game. Now I am highly familiar with all aquatics training and I don’t think that there is anything that comes close to the Easter Camp. Its singular. For me, it will be a good opportunity to see other players and to reaffirm myself as a technician. I know good players when I see them and I am just excited to teach what I love more than anything: water polo.

Easter Camp 2014 has all the resources to be an exceptional camp: excellent facilities, cutting-edge methodologies and a great, great, team.

Balaguer, Colomer and Colet form a perfect equilateral triangle perfect; they are a disciplined, versatile and make up a talented technical team.

So good news for all the community, Easter Camp 2014: the participation of these professionals is a taste of the level that the camp can offer along with its strong commitment to training a new generation of water polo.

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In the previous post we tell you that Anni Espar will be our BIWPA’s Easter Camp 2014 ambassador. But we have more good news: Anni will not be alone in this task, because the recognized water polo player, Felipe Perrone, has also agreed to be our ambassador .

Felipe Perrone (Rio de Janeiro, February 27, 1986 ) is a Spanish-Brazilian water polo player , who’s currently playing with  CNA Barceloneta,  with whom he won his last title to date, the bronze medal at Belgrade 2013 Final Four.

However, Felipe is globally recognized as an international -absolute category- player, in the Spanish national team, with whom Perrone was proclaimed in the 2009 world subchampionships in Rome 2009.

As a member of the Spanish team he has been able to train in the most advanced and specialized facilities: the CAR, the center about we told you in ‘BIWPA Easter Camp in CAR Sant Cugat ‘ post.

With the Spanish selection, he also won two bronze medals, one in the World Championships in Melbourne and another in the el European Water Polo Championships in Belgrade ,  in 2007 and 2006 respectively.

By then, Felipe had already achieved a gold medal in the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería, when he was not even 20 years, which was a clear sign of the great Spanish-Brazilian’s talent.

In his resume he also has three silver medals at the 2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, and the Super Final of the 2006 World League Athens and 2012Amati,was also chosen Ideal 7 all star team in the 2012 London Olympics as the best player of the Spanish league last year.

The Spanish-Brazilian’s talent was perceived around the world during his time as a junior player; he played three junior world championships, two with Brazil -when he was 15 and 17-, and one with Spain with 19 years, with whom he won a bronze medal in Mar del Plata 2006.

Felipe Perrone

Felipe Perrone

It was at that moment, when the player’s career took off with much more force, to become the water polo icon who he is today.

Felipe is highly valued both in Spain and abroad, due to his work, effort and dedication to the sport that he loves. And for that reason, along with his fantastic work on the water -of each individual as well as the team-, Felipe Perrone is an exceptional player with a successful career.

Felipe Perrone and BIWPA’s team have a close relationship, so he dedicate us these kind words: “BIWPA is an opportunity for those players who want to pursue water polo excellence, and trace new paths to get the success”

“Furthermore, BIWPA has much more than a Easter Camp program, they also offer many other programs that are tailored to each player. They even have programs for athletes who want to combine sport with studies during other periods of the year. It is a perfect situation for all young players, those who are hardly fighting for water polo’s future”.

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At BIWPA we could not be more proud and happy for having Felipe Perrone with us: his experience in the CAR, and his passion for water polo, makes him a perfect ambassador for our Easter Camp 2014.

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.

Pep Marí, psicólogo deportivo

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