Resounding success in the first edition of the online course for water polo coaches
The training kicks off with the Unit I for beginners and over 50 students
The first edition of the online training for coaches begins on Saturday, January 16, 2021, with the Unit I (initiation). This is a training developed by the Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA) completely adapted to the online environment, which allows students to interact with the teacher and follow the content from home.
BIWPA's Sports Director Quim Colet has led the project with the intention to develop water polo through the training of coaches in areas without a regulated learning method.
This first Unit I of the course is aimed essentially at Spanish-speaking areas, specifically South and Central America. The expansion across the American continent has been possible thanks to agreements with the South American Swimming Confederation (CONSANAT) and other national federations such as Puerto Rico, which have given the course an official character.
The training begins with a full house: more than 50 coaches from 10 different countries such as Puerto Rico, Chile, Peru and Uruguay.
The enrolled students will have access to content through a methodology that has been one of the keys to training coaches in Spain. The teacher will be Ferran Plana, current director of methodology of Club Natació Sabadell and assistant coach of the men's senior team.
Plana has 12 years of experience teaching through the School of Coaches of the Catalan Federation and has developed a great deal of the content of the courses. He faces the start of the project "with the aim of providing the coaches, or those who want to be, with the basic tools to train water polo players."
A pioneering format
BIWPA has developed a teaching method based on four pillars: weekly content pills, live sessions, tests and technical videos with double vision, aerial and underwater.
Students will be able to follow up on the course through an online learning platform where they will have access to absolutely all the contents.
"We will review the most important elements of teaching water polo, especially in the initiation, to influence in the best way the growth and improvement of the players," says Ferran Plana.
After another edition of Unit I in summer, the next step will be the launch of units II and III (development and technification), while Unit IV (high-performance), will be unveiled in the long term.
Training at all levels
After consolidating the program at the academy for athletes, this course is the official start of the BIWPA Coaches Institute in its commitment to training coaches.