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Frederik Heyde-Petersen, born in Denmark- 1998, was one of the participants of our Water Polo Summer Camp at the CNB this last summer. After his BIWPA experience, he has been selected for the Danish National Team.

Frederik (known as “Fup” by his friends) is a water polo player from Denmark, who plays on the wing. He spend with us one week last summer, when he was able to improve his water polo skills in our Summer Camp. His improvement has helped him to make his way into FREM‘s (his club in Denmark) first men’s team, playing all the matches in the men’s first division. Rui Moirera – of Portugal fame –, his coach in FREM is very happy with Frederik’s development in the past months.


He has also been selected, as the youngest player, to the U17 Danish National Team. Frederik is playing for Denmark in the North Sea Cup this weekend in Swansea, Wales. Tom Brandt Lauritzen, Denmark’s national coach, is also glad to have Frederik on his team. “Fup is a player who adapts easily and approaches challenges with humility and hard work” he said.

We couldn’t be happier with these last news about Frederik, who will be joining BIWPA again in 2015 to continue his improvement and learn a lot more water polo. Congrats Fup, we’re really proud!

If you’d like to learn BIWPA´s methodology to help improve water polo players’ level, this is your chance!

Due to the high demand for an internship program at BIWPA, you’ll now be able to learn first hand the development of our methodologies through a one-week internship program during our Summer Camp at the CAR in Sant Cugat.

You’ll be able to learn the ropes in the development of methodologies used by Spanish coaches, of international recognition, that have had an immediate influence on the Spanish water polo training systems.

This methodology started at the Professional Masters in High Performance Team Sports taught by Paco Seirulo, Xesco Espar, Marcelí Massafred, and Joan Solé.

The MBA teaches the theory of integral training applied to team sports and used by Spanish coaches of a diversity of sports, like: Pep Guardiola in soccer, Xavi Pascual in handball, Ignacio Coque in basketball. In water polo, coaches like Rafa Aguilar (Technical Director of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation), Dani Nart (CN Terrassa), Joan Colomer (BIWPA coach), Betu Fernández (CN Mataró) and Quim Colet (Tecnical Director of the Catalan Swimming Federation) that have introduced this methodology in the last 10 years and that other coaches have followed.

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This particular methodology represents a different way of thinking where different decisive factors interact, such as: cooperation, oposition and decision-making, to name some, are the specific characteristics of team sports. Any coach that knows this philosophy, very well known in the Spanish water polo, will not only improve your team’s performance but it will also make you different from other coaches that have not learned this philosophy and as a result cannot apply it.

This is your chance to learn first hand how these trainings are thought out, planned and developed!

The only thing you have to do is come to our Summer Camp and sign up for our internship where you’ll work side by side with BIWPA coaches and actually apply everything you are learning as you go.

During these practices you will live the day by day of the tecnicality trainings at the CAR in Sant Cugat and you will work head to head with our coaches, making this, and incredible and unique experience!

Sign up NOW!

Interview by Yasmina Armesto

Melissa Seidemann  plays in CN Sabadell. Seidemann accumulates many triumphs: 2011 NCAA champion with Stanford with three World League, Olympic champion in London …
The American, who is only 23, has signed for the Spanish team, which has managed the Euroleague. We talked to her about her season in Spain .
What did you know of the Spanish league before playing in it?
I didn’t know much about Water Polo in Europe in general. I knew it was an excellent option for play like myself, who have graduated from college and want to continue playing competitive water polo.
When did you start to think about Spain like a place to play?
Nani Guiu set up a meeting with me over the summer and he seemed to be an excellent coach who I would like to play for. I also knew that Sabadell will be in the water polo Euroleague, and that was an important factor for me.
What reasons did you decide?
I liked that the team had many players on the Spanish team. In addition, the Euroleague was a good opportunity to learn and progress. And the club was just outside of a city like Barcelona is.
What are the differences between the American and Spanish water polo ?
Spanish players are typically smaller than American players, making the quickness and deceptiveness of their movements more important. Also, while defenses typically change from team to team, the overall style and structure of defense is different than that from the states. But ultimately it is all water polo which is one of the coolest things about an international sport.
It is known that you were a defensive player. At the CN Sabadell you often play on attack. Where are you most comfortable?
Every team has different strengths and weaknesses, so my role in the water changes from team to team. I have always enjoyed playing defense, and believe that defense wins games, so have dedicated time to work on defensive skills.
How did you fit at the team?
Nani Guiu has taken extra time to explain everything to me, which I truly appreciate. The girls accepted me right away and worked to communicate with me although I didn’t speak Spanish. I was fortunate to come to a team where both my roommate and coach spoke English, which made the transition easier.

How did you adapt to their routine?
The hours dedicated to water polo are a bit different here in Spain, and I was also making the transition from where school and water polo coincided to a regular routine of just water polo. Adjusting to a new team always presents its challenges.
Your team have recently won the Euroleague. What has meant this triumph to you?
CN Sabadell has had a large amount of success in the past few years and I am lucky to have had the opportunity to share the success. Winning the Euroleague was an awesome feeling, given that from the beginning of the season it was the ultimate goal. There is only a small group of Americans who have ever won the Euroleague, so I feel fortunate to be a part of the group.
 It could be said that you’ve won everything, or almost everything. What are your future goals?
In the next two years I plan to dedicate my time and energy for another opportunity to compete in the Olympics 2016 . I obviously have smaller more personal goals I would like to accomplish in that time, and after 2016 I will reevaluate and hopefully continue being involved in Athletics.

How do you rate your experience at the CN Sabadell and in Spain ?

Learning about a way of life different from your own can only broaden horizons and improve wellbeing in the long run. The people I have met here are fantastic, and now have a special place in my heart.
One of your teammates is the champion Anni Espar , our Easter Camp ambassador. Do you know BIWPA’s project? What do you think about it?
It is know that playing in Europe is an option for post collegiate athletes, finding contacts in foreign countries is often difficult. Having a program that can assist players like myself in finding a team to join is great. Additionally, any program that aim to make international connections, is a positive thing for our sport in general, so it can grow and flourish.
Has it been easy to adjust to the city of Barcelona , its culture ,its language … ?
I have always been a creature of habit. So once I found a routine, and learned to navigate the city adjusting to the culture was kinda fun. For me adjusting to the language has been extremely challenging.
Do you plan to stay long term in Spain?
No, I miss my home to much to make long term plans here in Spain. However, I am sure I will be back.
Why would you recommend to the rest of the world water polo players to come to Spain and play in this league ?
Spain has a very balanced lifestyle. Athletes are able to participate in sport, while also being able to enjoy the Spanish culture. The Spanish league has a lot to offer foreign players including good quality coaches and talented players as teammates. The Spanish League Water Polo is a good choice: good food, good people and waterpolo. I have had a great experience with CN Sabadell, and would recommend it highly to all of my teammates at home.
 Thank you Melissa! We wish you all the best! Good luck!
Thank you too.

We are very glad for the acceptance of our Easter Camp 2014. Just a week before the deadline, there are only a few places available, only for the week from April 21st to April 27th.

If you want to come that week, you can still register! Write to or fill out the form you’ll find here. We look forward to meeting you, so don’t wait any longer! 

If you can’t come to our Easter Camp, don’t worry. soon we’ll open registration for our Water Polo Summer Camp 2014. Stay tuned!

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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.

Felipe Perrone

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.

Equipo Nacional

Sorry, this entry is only available in European Spanish.

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?
  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.