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BIWPA Tournaments 2020

There will be new editions of Beach Polo, Turbo Cup and Masters Cup next year

BIWPA will organize three major tournaments in 2020. Beach Water Polo Costa Brava (fourth edition), Barcelona International Turbo Cup (5th edition) and a completely renewed Barcelona Masters Cup (third edition), with new dates and location.

The three events will be held between the last week of August and the first two weeks of September, in all cases dates close to the beginning of the preseason for water polo teams in Spain.

Beach Polo | Sun, water polo and party

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The first will be the Beach Water Polo Costa Brava. The reference beach water polo tournament will take place for the fourth consecutive year in Palamós (Girona), in the famous Catalan Costa Brava, from August 28th to 30th, for men, women and coed teams over 16. 

This fourth edition comes with several new features. BIWPA has incorporated a registration option without accommodation, for those teams that have residence near by. In addition, the two hotel options have dropped in price, with the aim of achieving a more massive event and welcoming more than the 20 teams that came last August.

The All-Star game will take place on Saturday, while the two dinners with party will also happen on the first two nights (Friday and Saturday).

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Turbo Cup | A high-level preseason tournament

The week after Beach Polo will be the Turbo Cup’s turn, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary. Since it was born, it was presented as an ideal tournament for the preseason, aimed at 18U men’s teams and senior women’s teams. The truth is that the event has maintained its essence all these years: presence of international and national teams, the participation of some high-level teams and the guarantee of a minimum of 7-8 matches (real time) for all teams.

The Turbo Cup will take place once again in the Montjuic Municipal pool, undoubtedly one of the event’s main attractions. The Olympic facility will host the competition from September 3rd to 6th.

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Masters Cup | The best masters water polo is back

After the great success of the first edition of the Barcelona Masters Cup last June at CN Barcelona, ​​with 21 teams from 9 countries, the event has new dates and venue. The new location will be the Montjuic Municipal pool, which will host the tournament from September 11th to 13th with three different age groups: +30, +40 and +50 men, women or coed. 

For this second edition, the organization will set up two playing fields in the 33-meter pool, while there will be a village area with music, chill-out zone and bar service around the diving pool.

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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.