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The first week of the Water Polo Easter Camp 2014 was a great success. We are delighted with our young water polo players, which have shown a lot of motivation and interest and their improvement has been steady all week.

To them has been an experience, not only because they have made great friends, but also because they were able to share values ​​such as teamwork and generosity, and they have shown great enthusiasm and passion for water polo. Thanks to the strong connection between coaches and players, the Easter Camp participants have not only experienced high performance water polo, but have also learned to develop their skills and abilities.

What impressed them most has been the visits of great athletes like Anni Espar, Felipe Perrone and Anna Copado, and the lecture “How to stay motivated all year” by the coach Xesco Espar, one of the distinguishing features of our campus. In addition, the experience of training in the CAR of Sant Cugat has left its mark among our water polo players, not only they were impressed by the facilities, but also because they have been able to experience the lifestyle of elite athletes and they were able to share with them breakfast, lunch and dinner. What an experience!

To finish the campus, yesterday  we were able to enjoy a very special tour. We went to see the match between Spain and Canada and then we walked through Montjuic, getting to know some of the facilities where the Barcelona 92 Olympics took place. In the evening we all shared together (parents , participants and coaches)  a farewell dinner, which was very emotional, full of gifts and surprises for our water polo players.

We are very pleased with the success of this first edition, mainly because our water polo players have had a great time while improving their athletic performance. Tomorrow comes the second group, and we hope you enjoy as much as the athletes who’ve been with us this week.

We hope to see you again in the summer!

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.