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The Filipinos improved the 5th place of the 2015 Sea Games


The Philippines Men’s National Team clinched a very valuable 4th place on the 29th Sea Games in Kuala Lumpur. Reynaldo Galang’s squad missed out on a podium finish after being defeated by Indonesia 12-5, but overall, the team has improved compared to the last performance in 2015 Sea Games.

Right before the Games kicked off, the team travelled to Barcelona, Spain, to take a one-month training camp with Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA). The team training camps are aimed at any team from all over the world that is wishing to improve its water polo through custom-made training sessions. BIWPA arranges the whole camp with the best facilities and the possibility to discover the city’s best attractions and gastronomy.

The Filipinos travelled to Europe with a clear objective: Make impact in men’s water polo and reach the medals. In Barcelona, the players improved their water polo and got the chance to play against skilled and local teams, with much more technique and a “smarter play”, as coach Galang said. They had training sessions twice a day and they played daily scrimmages against young local teams.

Filipinos Sea Games Gabi

Gabor Egedi, adjusting the defense

During the camp, the team was assigned an assistant coach, the Hungarian Gabor Egedi, who stuck with coach Galang and the players throughout the whole month that they spent in Barcelona. “Gabi” also stayed with the team after playing a tournament in Portugal and returning to Asia to gear up for the Sea Games. He acted as an assistant coach during the celebration of the Sea Games, overseeing their improvement during the entire competition. “The players did an incredible job, I’m very proud of them, for me, you are the champions”, he said on Facebook after the Sea Games finished.

If the team keeps progressing like it did on this last Games, in two years they will be able to aim at something big on the 30th edition of the Sea Games, which will be hosted by the Philippines, in Manila. Next summer, coach Galang and the team members are highly considering to come back to Barcelona to attend the European Championships and train again with BIWPA.

Filipinos Sea Games Scrimmages

The Philippines, with the Catalan players after a scrimmage

The University of California, Los Angeles, better known as UCLA, has trusted in BIWPA to help the women’s water polo team start off their season in Barcelona.

UCLA took part in a team training camp and the girls, led by Brandon Brooks, had a 10-day stay in the Catalan capital where they combined training sessions, friendly matches and leisure and cultural activities.

“Barcelona was always at the top list of my favorite cities in the world, so I wanted to have a chance to bring my girls here and get to see the city and the community. Also, the Spanish women’s water polo is very high”, assures Brandon.

High level trainings

The training days were composed of double training sessions and friendly matches against teams of Barcelona and its metropolitan area such as CN Mataró, CN Rubí and CE Mediterrani.

To carry out their trainings, the girls enjoyed the magnificent facilities of Montjuïc Olympic pool, with spectacular views that the city of Barcelona has to offer, and Centre Natació Mataró which is recognized for its beachside facilities.

“The facilities are great. Two facilities right on the beach and one up in Montjuïc; you can’t say any pool is really any prettier than this one. We had dinner in some excellent restaurants, the food was great, the people were great…we had an excellent time” assures Brandon.

Olympic background

The team also consisted of two Olympic players like Rachel Fattal and Maddie Musselman, who both win gold medals in the summer Rio 2016 Olympics.

In addition, Brandon Brooks, who took over as coach in 2009, was part of the United States national team who participated in Athens 2004 Olympics and Beijing 2008.

In 2007, the UCLA women’s water polo team gave their University a national title, number 100, a record that stands in the NCAA, National Collegiate Athletic Association.

VIDEO – Watch UCLA experience in Barcelona



In general, what do you think about the team training camps (facilities, accessibility, organization)?

The facilities were outstanding. The convenience of walking to CN Barcelona for training and taking the Metro to our competitions made preparations very easy. As I discussed with you in Spain, I would have preferred more formal competitions, rather than the scrimmage type of activities we had at most places. CN Rubi was the closest to what I would have wanted at each place. Meditterani was the least productive activity for us.

What did you and your team think about the level of the Catalan teams?

I was very impressed with the sound fundamentals of each team we played. The level of competition was very appropriate for our team. We were required to play hard and be prepared to compete. Any team from the United States would be able to find competition at the appropriate level.

What did you and your team think about the city of Barcelona?

We loved Barcelona! It is beautiful and very easy to manage. The Metro is very convenient and clean. The city is diverse in food and culture. The people were very friendly and helpful. Our group’s collective ability to speak Spanish was low, but we found that it was fairly easy to get around due to the citizens proficient English.

What did you think about BIWPA as a service?

I enjoyed working with you very much. I wish I would have started the conversation earlier to have more time to really reap all of the benefits of what BIWPA and Barcelona had to offer. I very much appreciated your response and service after the Meditterani issues. I thought overall it was a tremendous experience for our time. Your service was a large reason.

From the 22nd to the 28th of November, Indiana Water Polo University girls were with BIWPA for our Team Training service. The Americans, coached by Barry King, made a total of six intensive days of training with two sessions in the morning and afternoon.
The first in the morning with two hours of preparation in the water at the Club Natació Barcelona facilities and afternoon preparatory scrimmages with different Catalan sports clubs. Among those who were CE Mediterrani, CN Mataro, CN Rubi and Sant Feliu.
These trainings are an added value to your stay in Barcelona because it serves as an opportunity to measure your level with the level of the European professional clubs. In addition, this serves as an opportunity to gauge their potential in the face of competition in the United States.
 The joint address by Barry King, has shown in social networks that Indiana was very pleased with this expedition to Barcelona. Their journey was published in a blog on their website where they wrote about their everyday experiences.
Although the visit served as sports training, it was also the first time many of the players have visited Barcelona and therefore have taken the opportunity to learn more about the secrets behind this city. Thus, they were able to see different places and were able to enjoy the excellent Mediterranean food.
Last week, October 18th-24th, the Dutch ZV de Zaan team arrived in Barcelona. Two senior teams, one male and one female with nearly forty water polo players between them. Also, a technical staff of 7 coaches joined these teams as well.
This expedition is part of the contract that the Netherlands has with BIWPA and there has been much progress with Dutch water polo. Zan de Zaan joined BIWPA in Barcelona last year where they trained in the morning and participated in matches in the afternoon. The men competed against Catalunya, Molins, Horta, and Sant Felui; while the women competed against Horta, Sant Andreu, Mataro, and Catalonia.
The results have been very positive for the Dutch team and because of their hard work, they will hopefully continue to grow and be successful.
Finally, thank you to all of the clubs who have participated in the matches. Your support is vital for all of the teams who come to Barcelona and see that they can continue to work hard and improve their skills.

By Xabi Gómez.

The Club Esportivo Hebraica from  Sao Paulo will be in Barcelona this week and will be advised of BIWPA throughout their stay in the city. The Brazilian team has been with the junior category but also has two cadets to take the opportunity to know the city and train with the best possible means. Just landed on Sunday, they could enjoy the opportunities offered by Barcelona and, as spectators attended the match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. An unforgettable experience for these promises of Brazilian water polo.


Their presence in Catalonia is divided into two parts. First, they will be in the CAR of Sant Cugat supervised at all times by our technical BIWPA Dani Gómez. During the morning sessions will be geared to learning through videos and later with sessions of individual vehicles by stages of the game. Always under the methodology commonly used BIWPA on their campuses. In the evenings, in the same facilities of CAR, the kids can put into practice the knowledge they acquire through various matches with local teams like Rubi and Sant Feliu.

In the second phase of their stay, the Brazilian team will travel to Barcelona where seize own morning to visit the city and discover the many cultural intricacies that hides Barcelona. In the afternoon, they played games with children’s teams CN Barcelona, Horta and Poble Nou. Definitely a unique experience for all the kids who can ‘compete’ and improve their individual and collective game in his native country, it would be difficult to reproduce.


Hebraica Sao Paulo, a peculiar history

This club has a striking historical journey. Born in the 50s thanks to the Jewish community, hence its name in the Brazilian city due to the existing social discontent then on youth. They were at first, 400 members who bought the land where the first foundations of a building that today houses a multitude of sports disciplines would rise.

Originally, it was a meeting place for Jews of the town, where they offered a social and recreational space to its members. Society grew rapidly soaring highs being recognized for its role in the community and especially among the young. The decade since the sixties, helped the Club, as well as offering various social initiatives, promote the sport more competitive level, eventually leading to a prestigious club whose athletes have been winners at national and international level.

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!

Toni Esteller
Juan Carlos Sanchón

Jesús Cabrera
Xavi Ribas
Florentino Villa

Manolo Delgado
Gerard Pla

Aitor Pinho
Marc Tomasa
Oriol Masip

Roger Garcia
Jordi de Haro

Sergi Pedrerol

Gustavo Marcos
David Torilo
Jordi Millán

Gonçal Zegrí
Jaume Teixidó
Marta Cabanas
Jordi Cisneros
Sergio Galindo