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By Xabi Gomez.

You’ve been many years linked to waterpolo, especially in Navarre where you’ve been one of the historical. Larraina player and later of Navarra in Division Honor.What memories do they bring to you?

I do not think it has been one of the historical, yes I think I was a player of Club.The club and a generation of players marked a stage and way forward then had a long journey with Waterpolo Club Navarra. The best memories go back to those years as a player in Larraina which is certainly more entertaining than coaching. That’s when you establish friendships with other teammates.

Later decided to end your career as a player and as a coach started another.Your first stop was with the girls UPNA which reaped good results …

Previously I had collated for several years my work player with the coaching ranks of CD Larraina. We 2010/11 promotion to Division Honor Women after a great season. However the greatest satisfaction comes in seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14 where after a hard working team that exceeded mere sport and we reestablish a solid structure on the CD Larraina. Hopefully this will continue in the time and can not fall back into past mistakes.

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A year ago, you threw the adventure and crossed the pond to Peru. How was this possible?

The truth is that previously arose the possibility of training in a neighboring country Peru. Late could not be. That encouraged me to try his luck out and live a different professional and personal experience. The Club Deportivo Campo de Marte had need to hire technical and started contacts. They and the Swimming Federation of Peru made ​​possible my arrival.

What was the before and after the Campus Martius after Iñaki Zabalza stay in Lima? Has grow the number of practitioners?

Upon my arrival I saw overwhelmed by the large number of athletes. They trained together at the same time and try to set different groups depending on the category or level. In addition we consolidate a women’s team that had not existed. The work paid off even in the growing number of water polo, mainly in cities such as Arequipa and Trujillo where before there was barely waterpolo.

André mentioned Avallone, coach SESI of Sao Paolo that Brazilian Federation is betting all human and monetary capital available in order to Rio 2016. How does this affect the other Latin American republics? Are they are noticing an increase in sports bets by public institutions?

If it is true that something has changed and moves about Latin American water polo, at least I lived in Peru and other neighboring countries such as Chile and Bolivia. In Peru there are resources and good sports facilities but you have to direct them to the nursery schools Waterpolo, it takes more children. While not do that nothing will change and once done will be a multi-year process to pick fruit.

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I think that just landed from Lima you gone to Barcelona to work on campus BIWPA Christmas … What did you experience?

It was a great experience. Not only have I had the opportunity to work with a nice group of guys but it has allowed me to work on the premises of CAR. Never seen something like that, a treat for any sportsman.

Tell us a bit more about this week in Barcelona.

Two great professionals like Xavi Yuri Colet Balaguer and finished to complete the coaching staff. We worked a double session both gym and pool. To this we add videos, various technical talks, matches against other clubs and live presence of Barceloneta-Sabadell Honor Division. The group was composed of boys from various places: Catalan, canaries, Murcia, Portuguese, Americans etc. They fit perfectly from day one and work with them was easy.

What are your plans now back to Pamplona?

In principle, and I think in the end. First I must settle for I took almost a year away from home. I would like to remain connected to waterpolo so anyone who needs my help will have it.

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After these days in the CAR, not only Iñaki experience has been positive, but participants also enjoyed the Water Polo Clinic. We leave you with some opinions:

“This Clinic, has personally given me in many aspects besides water polo. I have generated good friends and those friendships have helped me to learn a bit more than this world of Water polo. I was delighted, see you at Easter! ” Fernando, Canarias.

“The Water Polo Clinic seemed to be a unique experience not only to train in one of the best high performance centers, but by the great coaches who have had daily and peers who have lived with me during these days. I have found that in just 10 days you can learn many things and so I thank you for BIWPA. ” Fran, Murcia.

“This week at the Clinic of BIWPA in the CAR has been a very good and fruitful experience for me. I learned a lot and grown both my experience as my knowledge of water polo. I advise all fans of the sport experience! The CAR offers the best conditions for high performance sport worldwide, not just technical improvements and learn, but feel at home! Parents try BIWPA for the future of your children, you will not be sorry! ” Filipe, Portugal.

By Xabi Gómez

From January 2nd to 11th BIWPA offers a water polo clinic for boys and girls around the world. The intensive training will take place on the premises of CAR in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) under the direction of our BIWPA  technicians .

COACHES

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Xavi Balaguer. He has been his entire life linked to swimming pools, mainly in the CN Sabadell where he coached the senior team of girls between 2003 and 2007 and was subsequently set for the male team. His proven experience makes the technical direction of BIWPA’s campus is in good hands.

Yuri Colet. This young Catalan has water polo in his blood. Trained as a coach in the ranks of the CN Sant Andreu, where he became the second in command of the senior women’s squad. For a year he led the sports structure of Agrupació Esportiva Santa Eulalia and now has started a project in Majorca in Gymnàpolis Soller Water Polo Club.

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Iñaki Zabalza. After his experience as a professional player where he played for Waterpolo Navarra Honor Division, took over the women’s senior team UPNA where he reaped good results. A year ago decided to start a new phase in Peru where it has been commissioned to design a solid plan for water polo in the Andean region.

Miguel Cidoncha. The Californian player trained at the prestigious UCLA combining studies and sports. It was from there that he decided to make the jump to Spain where he played in the CN Sant Andreu de la Division de Honor. He continued combining studies and sports after obtaining a master in Sociology at the University of Barcelona.

GUESTS

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Christian Fernández. Physiotherapist and Osteopath established reputation. His career has always been linked to sport and its relationship with the Spanish water polo is a good proof. In addition to treating players Spanish water polo team has also helped in his recovery professional players like Juan Chela among others.

Ferran Plana. Degree in Physics and specialized in swimming section Education, has been linked to the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation and the Catalan Federation. Since 2014 directs the structure of Sant Feliu of the First Division where he is reaping great results.

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Gonçal Zegri. Degree in psychology and water polo referee. Your contribution will be key to better understand the intricacies of the game from the arbitral perspective.

Anni Espar. One of the most decorated players of recent times in Spain. Is part of the generation that so many successes are providing national water polo. Although youth has been enshrined as one of the most decisive, thanks to which players earned an athletic scholarship to the United States in 2012 where he played with the USC Trojans proclaimed champion of the NCAA. Silver and gold at London 2012 in the Barcelona World 2013 and gold in the 2014 European Budapest A treat to have her on our campus BIWPA.

After the success of the two weeks of our water polo Easter Camp, BIWPA has prepared a great experience for those who want to improve their level of water polo this summer. In order to do this, we have available two very special Summer Camps!

Both camps maintain Biwpa’s philosophy, sports empowerment through individual athlete development.

This sports program is directed by Biwpa’s coaches, who apply the methodology, the technification, the intensity and rigor that characterizes all of our programs. It is also a perfect opportunity to improve your language skills, as this camp offers the possibility of taking English or Spanish classes for players who wish so.

On one hand, you have the opportunity to sign up at the Water Polo Summer Camp to be held in Club Natació Barcelona (CNB). This campus, which will take place from June 30th to July 13th, is perfect for all those athletes (boys and girls) born between 1998 and 2003 who love the beach. CNB facilities allow this campus to do certain leisure activities related to the beach. Those attending the campus will not only improve their water polo level but they will also enjoy beach sports during their stay on campus. You can find more information here.

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From July 14th to August 10th , we have a Water Polo Summer Camp to be held in the CAR of Sant Cugat. This campus is designed for boys and girls born between 1997 and 2002. In it, the athletes will not only improve their game, but will have the opportunity to live the experience of elite athletes, enjoying facilities of sporting excellence and an unique sporting environment. If you want to know more about this campus, you will find more information here.

The summer camps, available for attendees  in half and full board, are made with the help of Kap7-Turbo and Isostar. It is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the summer, as they enhance sport and  linguistic and cultural immersion, creating friendships and relationships without borders in a playfu , fun and very friendly atmosphere.

If you want to sign up at our Water Polo Summer Camps, you can do so here. And if you have any question, please mail to info@biwpa.com.

Toni Esteller

BIWPA team has had the opportunity to interview Toni Esteller, an internationally renowned water polo coach.

Born in Barcelona in 1955, Esteller has been the National Spanish Water Polo Team coach, and his career has been linked to CN Barcelona water polo club, for more than 20 years.

Throughout this interview, you’ll see how his understanding of water polo is influenced from his strong personality, both in sport and in daily life.

Direct and sincere, he doesn’t mince words, he doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we enjoyed talking to him.

Hi Toni! For those who do not know you, how will you define yourself as a coach?
My greatest attribute is the ability to understand the players: both in training and in matches. I can read what they do, what they think and how they act. I am very stubborn, or rather, very insistent. At all.

You have been the coach of your own son, Joel. How was the experience?
I was particularly demanding with him. As a coach, you are prepared for a lot of situations, but I think nobody is prepared to train their own blood. It’s almost impossible to separate the human side from the sport side, so imagine how difficult it was in those circumstances. As a coach, I was too hard with my son. He took it better than me, because he has endured impossible situations.

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And how do you remember your time as the Spanish National Team coach?
I have different memories. I was very young, around 32 years old, when I started training the absolute team. And meanwhile, there was a boycott against me …

¿…?
Of C.N. Montjuïc. During my first year as national coach, I combined it with the task of coaching CN Catalunya. C.N. Montjuïc, one of my opponents in the Spanish league at the time, wanted to prove that being CN Catalunya’s coach while I was training the National Team could generate me a conflict of interest.

Was there such a conflict of interest?
I followed strictly sport reasons. Please remember that I accepted the federation’s proposal to train the absolute once the league had already begun. But Montjuïc’s team still thought that I would favor the C.N.Catalunya. Even after I select 8 Montjuïc’s players for the absolute team, the high pressure still continued.

How did you face that pressure?
I believe that everything that happens to you, teaches you as a coach and as a person. Not only the boycott teaches me. Also other things have formed me: the transition of the national water polo team; resign due to the differences with steering committee… All that set of feelings and experiences is what generates the learning of the individual and the coach, it’s a continuous process.

Why did you quit as the Spanish water polo team coach?
First of all, I went in and I found a boycott, and I thought: “What is this?!”. Then, after making the transition team, certain differences with the directive, about the approach of the Olympics in 1992, made me decide: I resigned. And I resigned only one and a half year before of achieving the dream of any water polo coach: be the Spanish National Team Coach for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Do you regret your decision?
It was hard. A lot. And I have to admit that at first, I didn’t want to live the Olympics, I would rather go on vacation. But my wife encouraged me to face the Olympics. And fortunately, Santi Carreras from Catalunya Radio, gave me the opportunity to live the experience of the Olympics as a journalist, working in their radio broadcasting. And I’ll always be grateful to him, because it was an amazing and different experience. So thanks to that, finally I really enjoyed the Olympic movement, in a way that I would never expect.

What do you think about water polo’s social consideration in our country?
We must be critical. In Catalunya we brag to be a multidisciplinary sports country. We are proud of our athletes, we have many Olympic, etc. But it isn’t enough. I can see more and more Franco’s time reminisces in politicians’ attitudes about sports issues. In Franco’s era, soccer and bulls were used as a political element. Currently, the soccer has some similar connotation, because a group of politicians uses this sport for achieving their own political considerations. I miss a more true, solid and clear support for the minority sports, like water polo needs.

What do you mean exactly?
The political elites fill their mouths every four years, or when we win a world hockey championship. But beyond that, in our day to day, that support doesn’t exist. I would like to make them understand that there is something more than the Barça-Madrid match in the Catalan sports life. And despite of being an FCB supporter – I’m a really culé-, I consider that the political elite is concerned to go to sports events only if they report them media presence, as Barça matches do. Furthermore, FC Barcelona is an entity that is fully consolidated at street! Politicians still go to their matches although the FCB does not require the political support. They should support all the other sports that really ‘needs them’, such as water polo.

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But some political representatives have assisted to other sports matches, isn’t it?
Political elites have sport as a tool for the polls. The discourse of the political caste in relation to minority sports are all words, and only a few actions. The politicians just come to watch the matches of sports (considered native, or minority sports) on rare occasions or when the elections are close. It’s that clear.

What do you suggest?
I’d like Mr. Mas (Catalonia’s President) come to watch, for example, a water polo match at any time, and when no one expects him. Such a gesture would help to understand that there are more sports than football. With his presence, he would imply much more than sending the Councilor for Sports; and it would also help to disseminate and enhance the Catalan culture and our sports.

Is Catalonia a leader in water polo’s world?
In this country we have very valid ideas to support water polo, and another ones to support all the other ‘minority’ sports; but all of us need more. In water polo case, BIWPA’s project forward and shows that Catalans have much to say and to do for this water polo. So with a bit more institutional support, and social consideration, with CAR of Sant Cugat’s facilities, with all the clubs, the National Team, and along with many other agents, Catalunya can be erected in a short term as a major world leader in water polo, for sure.

What do you think about BIWPA’s project?
Featuring an unusual and highly dynamic approach, BIWPA’s project is already a solid reality. Very often, and for different reasons, clubs can not absorb the individual growth, and the development to the excellence, of each player. So, more and more, theses periods for sport technification are necessary and very useful, both for clubs and players. BIWPA is a very good new and  an attractive idea, so I want it to be a very successful platform, because it facilitates the improvement of any national or international player. This project goes far beyond the common concept of an entertainment sports program or camp. It is a serious commitment about the young water polo players and their improvement to achieve the sporting excellence.

Finally, could you answer with a few words to complete the sentences … ?
Beach or pool … beach.
A favorite food … ‘arroz a banda’, a south-catalonian typical rice cooked in fish broth, accompanied by alioli sauce.
Water polo is … a sport and a fantastic job.
A good-luck charm or ritual … I haven’t any now, but the last good-luck charm was my daughter’s doll: a green frog. It was funny because as my son was on the water, my daughter’s doll was in my hand.
A slogan to win … it doesn’t exist, that’s for books. I believe in preparation.
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Thank you for your time Toni!
Thank you too, and wish you all the best with BIWPA’s project

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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.

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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.

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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. ”

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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Barcelona, home of elite sport since the 1992 Olympic Games, is an eminently sports city, both for practicing and enjoying high level sporting events. Barcelona is also a city with a huge work of art that contains some of the biggest attractions of Europe.

  1. The High Performance Water Polo has a long history in Catalonia, especially in Barcelona which currently has over 15 teams competing in Spanish National Top leagues at different levels.
  2. Barcelona is a Mediterranean city. The sea provides the city with a special light, warmth and passion, all them tempered by the sense of the wisdom of its inhabitants.
  3. Barcelona has the largest pool of Water Polo male and female athletes, who have achieved medals in almost all major championships.
  4. The history of Barcelona, being the Gothic Quarter one of its maximum exponents, is one of its main strengths and attractions. It has one of the largest and best preserved medieval quarters across Europe with palaces, cathedrals, and stories of Counts and Countesses. Do you know that St. George is the patron of the city?
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  5. Just at 20 minutes from Barcelona, and connected by public transportation all day long, there is the San Cugat High Performance Centre – CAR from its acronym in Spanish -, one of the best elite sport centers in the world, where our water polo improves day by day, thanks to the revolutionary training methodology developed there.
  6. Barcelona has eight beaches in the city itself, easy accessible either by walking, underground or bus. Should you come to Barcelona and you like sports, make sure not limit yourself to a sunbath. In the best Californian or Carioca styles, you can practice sea water polo, beach soccer, rollerblading, cycling or just running.
  7. Barcelona has the largest number of male and female Water Polo teams in the top Spanish National League. Come and enjoy an exciting game!
  8. Barcelona has been the host city of a number of outstanding artists, Gaudi among them. His wit and Eusebi Güell’s patronage, contributed to the cusp of the global map of modernist architecture, not to be missed.
  9. The key strength of Water Polo in Barcelona is the large amount of skilled and internationally known coaches. As a result, Catalan clubs dominate the Spanish Water Polo leagues at all ages, from 10U to the absolute teams.
  10. Barcelona has held a number of Water Polo competitions at the highest level, such as World Championships 2003 and 2013, with a very successful organization. In short, Water Polo and Barcelona will soon have other challenges ahead: the organization of the 2014 and 2015 Water Polo Final Six, the most relevant championship at European level.
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