For two consecutive weeks, BIWPA’s team has had the pleasure of working with a large number of water polo players from The Netherlands, first with Zv de Zaan, and last week with WOC Zuid. In total more than 100 boys and girls who have experienced the high level of water polo in Spain, specifically Barcelona, through training games that have made daily against Catalan clubs.
All this would not have been possible without the involvement of the organizers of each group, Marcel Ooteman and Heleen Keinemans of Zv de Zaan, and Marcel Verhagen and Ronald Lindhout from the Woc Zuid.
The arrival of these two groups is part of the partnership agreement betwwen the Dutch Federation and BIWPA, and is a new opportunity to further strengthen this collaboration.
We would like to thank through these lines the clubs that have helped us these days and above all, the people who make them.
Thank you all!
Juan Carlos Sanchón
Jordi de Haro
CN MOLINS DE REI
Thanks to a global partnership between BIWPA and the Dutch Swimming Federation, four international Dutch water polo players will play this season in the Spanish water polo league. This agreement between the Dutch federation and BIWPA also includes sports consultancy services, participation of Dutch sports groups in our Team Training Camps and promoting BIWPA in Holland.
The first players involved in this project are Jorn Winkelhorst and Ruud van der Horst (players at Club Natació Barcelona) and Jesse Koopman and Sebastiaan van Mil (Club Natació Sabadell players). The four athletes, who will meet in a match on Saturday at 12: 45h at CNB, are pioneers in this initiative, in which BIWPA has advised them on the best options to play water polo in Spain.
Although the dutch players have recently arrived here, and they have just started the league, the evaluation of this experience is positive. Jon Winkelhorst, CNB player, says that “the level of coaching and competition is very high, it is a pleasure to train every day at this level.” His teammates are very happy with the arrival of the Dutch internationals, “it’s a way to professionalize our teams,” adds Joel Esteller, CNB player.
This agreement between the Dutch Federation and BIWPA will bring two groups of Dutch water polo players to Barcelona the next few weeks to make a Team Training Camp. But this is just the beginning in this collaboration, which will be expanded in the coming years thanks to the inclusion of the Dutch internationals in the Spanish Division of Honor and more Dutch teams to our Team Training Camps.
The collaboration is open to new initiatives and BIWPA will do everything possible to promote this agreement, which benefits both the Dutch and the Spanish water polo.