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Florida Water Polo Camp

The Florida International Water Polo Camp will take place in Gainesville from July 1 – 12 with the best of both European and American water polo

In the year of its 5th anniversary, Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA) will organize for the first time a water polo camp in the US in conjunction with Gator Water Polo and with the support of the University of Florida, USA Water Polo and RF Learning.

BIWPA’s coaching staff will move to Gainesville, Florida, from July 1 to 12, leading a camp that will take place in two sessions, from July 1 – 5 and 8 – 12. For the athletes staying between the two sessions, the camp will offer tourist and cultural activities in the Florida area.

The work of the technique, individual tactics and decision-making will be the central aspects of a camp where athletes from all over the world will be able to share their passion for water polo while having a great time. The camp is open to players from around the world between 12 and 18 years old and will take place at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) 50-meter outdoor pool. Undoubtedly, a unique opportunity to upgrade your game and meet athletes from around the world in an incredible international experience.

Campers will stay at the Holiday Inn University center hotel, located next to the University of Florida and just a 5-minute drive from the pool.

The best staff

The coaches from BIWPA will be headed by its Academy’s Sports Director and current head coach of CN Sabadell, Quim Colet. Colet was assistant coach of the Spanish national team at the Beijing and London Olympics and head coach of the junior national team, winning one gold and two silver medals.

The coaching team will be completed by Ferran Pascual, current player and coach of CN Rubi and the BIWPA Academy; Sarah Lizotte, American player, captain of CE Spain’s top division team Mediterrani; and Yuri Colet, current head coach at CN Poble Nou and the BIWPA Academy. The University of Florida head men’s water polo coach., David Huelsman, will also be part of the staff.

There are already athletes signed up from seven different countries around the world- from Europe (Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Czech Republic) to Australia and South Africa, as well as North America (USA and Canada). Registration is still open for both sessions.

Clinic for coaches running alongside

BIWPA will offer throughout the two weeks of camp a clinic designed for coaches, mainly aimed at coaches from the Florida area and bordering states. The clinic will offer the possibility to club coaches to attend the camp with a group of players from their team and learn the best from European water polo training methodology.

In our water polo camp in Rading from the 14th to 20th of August you have a chance to improve your Water Polo skills in a fun and testing environment. at BIWPA, we understand the importance for development of players for the future, for this reason we have organised our first camp of water polo in England.

The camp will take place in Reading, near London, and participants will stay at the spectacular Bradfield College. A unique location in the heart of England where young hopefuls, aged 12 to 16 years, will have everything you need without having to leave the premises.

 Throughout the week participants will have the opportunity to train hard to help improve their tactical and technical water polo skills. At the camp using our methodology we will aim to teach the participants about all aspects of water polo to help them improve as much as possible in the week.

 There will also be a special coach coming with us for the camp: Ciara Gibson from CN Mataro. She is born to English parents but has lived in Catalonia since childhood. She played with Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics and this season made history with her team to win the first trophies for the club, the Copa de la Reina against CN Sabadell and LEN Trophy against the powerful, Greek Vougliameni.

Accompanied by our co-founder Yuri Colet, the only possibility is to improve your skills for further progress in water polo. This week provides participants with a wealth of experience from all the coaches, that will help their development greatly.

 And if you have never visited London, we offer the opportunity to spend a whole day in this glorious city.


We´ve talked with Marwan Riad, who was with us in our water polo camp. He is a nice guy and loves water polo.

Marwan Riad is an athlete who has participated in our 2015 Summer camp who is from Slovenia and lives in Cairo, Egypt. Marwan has improved tremendously since BIWPA as he says “My Playing style has developed magnificently since BIWPA. Water Polo has been my passion for the past 4 years… I fell in love with this game”. Marwan will be competing in the national tournament, which he says “We will hopefully win”. Marwan and his team competed in the international tournament in Cegled, Hungry, which they placed third in an intense semi-final, with the other team only winning by one goal”. He has mentioned that after BIWPA “I have developed better skills in the Centre forward position”. 

This is great to hear that Marwan has taken the skills we have taught him and is using them in order to be a better player. Marwan has high hopes and dreams as he would like “to make the Egyptian National Team and get a scholarship to a University in the UK or US to pursue my dreams”. It is amazing and admirable the dedication Marwan has for the sport, as he mentions “I train daily because if I don’t, I feel like my day has been wasted”. We hope to see Marwan back at BIWPA to further develop his talent within water polo and help him make his dreams come true.


About BIWPA:

Barcelona Waterpolo Life is a lifestyle, is the passion for water polo and the city of Barcelona, the home of some of the greatest water polo teams and, of course, a place where you can find the most prepared facilities for training this sport. Thanks to BIWPA tutorship, this will become the best water polo experience of your life.

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One of the Romanian figures who have left their mark by Spain, Dorin Costras, will coach BIWPA’s water polo camp in Mallorca. During the time that elapses technically, he will be one of the technicians who will work with the formation of the young athletes. We have the big luck that all BIWPA coaches are top professionals, and are capable of transmitting perfectly our philosophy.
Costras has extensive experience behind him. He has been a professional water polo player and also a regular of the bench, as a coach, from where he has led several Catalan teams like CNAB, Mataro and CE Mediterrani, until in 2013 when he returned to his homeland to lead the historic Oradea.
As a player, he also has an enviable sporting career. Since leaving the C.S. Crisul Oradea in 1989 has worn the cap and bathing suit of different colors. The first was with CN Barcelona, ​​where he started  in 1989 and spent a year, until the following season when he made an appearance in Barceloneta where he remained for three seasons. One of them, being player-coach. He also went through the CN Sabadell, CE Mediterrani and CN Mataro.
But undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy aspects of his long career as an elite athlete, was to be undisputed member of the Romanian water polo team. Between 1978 and 1993, among other international events competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Berlin Worlds (1978) and Perth (1991) and all Europeans until 1993.
In short, in the BIWPA water polo camp at Mallorca, the boys and girls who attend will have the opportunity to learn a high technical level, that will help and show you all the secrets that are hidden within this sport. As in a recent interview our co-founder, Yuri Colet said: “Mainly it provides opportunities for people looking to improve, have fun, learn and make friends. The methodology BIWPA is always present in all services, training camps, the camps academia, etc. At the end our goal is to help water polo players be their best!

Can you imagine that you can spend a long stay in Barcelona water polo training, playing in Spain and also discover one of the best cities in the world? Well, that’s what BIWPA can offer through its intensive program of water polo at the Academy. An unforgettable experience that you will have for the rest of your life and you will always remember with affection and, why not, nostalgia over the years.

More than 20 boys and girls around the world have used this tool to continue progressing in their favorite sport and grow as athletes. From the US to New Zealand via Scotland and Singapore. This is a unique opportunity that will help not only athletically, but also to mature and grow as a person.
Hand in hand with our coach, Ferran Pascual, the player will train in the morning and then go to school. The intensive program includes 25 hours a week of daily training exercises from Monday to Friday, divided into water and improving physical strength in the gym. In the evenings, the player can learn Castilian or English and play at a local club to compete and keep improving.

All it combines with Spanish high school (3rd and 4th ESO, 1st and 2nd of Baccalaureate) in the Joaquin Blume Institute, where the player will also live in the residence located in front of the school and whose facilities have been used by great Spanish sportspeople. The golden generation of Spanish waterpolo led by Manel Estiarte began to forge its legend in these walls.

Foto: Eduard Omedes

Foto: Eduard Omedes

All that said, you will be supervised at all times by technicians and tutors of BIWPA, whose reputation and experience is highly regarded. It is also the same training system of High Performance water polo that the majority of players of female and male selection of the senior team in Spain have followed and has been so successful worldwide.

In addition, thanks to an agreement with AGM Sports, specializing in college scholarships in the United States, the chances of a scholarship may be increased by an extensive exhibition and dissemination of the water polo game. This is because college coaches and scouts are always in contact with our technical staff to find out the evolution of the students who pass through our Academy.

In short, the Intensive BIWPA Program or Academy can offer you an unforgettable experience and a unique opportunity to take a leap of quality in your game. Besides, you will have the possibility of combining studies and sports in one of the best cities in the world and compete in the Spanish clubs.

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