The BIWPA water polo academy and CN Sabadell will organize a new tournament for future champions.
Between September 8 and 10, the “Next Generation Water Polo World Cup” will take place in Sabadell.
The tournament is a new high-level competition aiming to gather the best male and female European clubs in the U19 age category (players born in 2005 and younger). It can be considered a “mini Champions League “for youth players.
The games will be played in the outstanding facilities of the pools of CN Sabadell.
The “Finetwork Aquatics” will host an event that pretends to become an elite reference tournament for top European teams.
The “Next Generation” replaces the Barcelona International Water Polo Cup (formerly Turbo Cup), held successfully five times at the Olympic pools of Montjuic, and hosting teams like Ferencvaros, Barceloneta, UVSE and Barcelona.
Official invitations will be sent to all European clubs that play in LEN competitions, but some exceptions might exist. The clubs which don’t participate in the LEN Cups this season but have competitive youth teams might be invited, too.
Also, coaches who wish to participate in the event are welcome to submit a registration request through the website, although entry will require approval by the organization.
Participants will be accommodated in a 4-star hotel located just 14 minutes walking distance from the competition venue. Registration includes a full board in buffet format for all players and the welcome pack.
While BIWPA and Sabadell will be in charge of the organization, Total Waterpolo will play a key role in the event as it will provide live scoring with detailed statistics and content for social media channels.
Cristina Marin, BIWPA’s General Manager, says it was about time someone created a tournament like this:
“We want to offer the best stage for the next generation of European stars to compete. We couldn’t find a better place for such an event than Sabadell.”
Xavi Balaguer, Director of CN Sabadell’s Sports Area, believes that the cooperation between the club and BIWPA is a guarantee of success for holding the top-notch tournament: :
“The club is proud to start this project. The young ages are one of the pillars of our philosophy, and bringing the best youth teams to our facilities and city makes us very satisfied.”
Marko Stefanek, Total Waterpolo CEO, underlines that the mission of the world’s leading water polo news website is to promote this sport at all levels:
“This tournament is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of European water polo stars to showcase their skills and compete against other top teams from across the continent. Total Waterpolo is committed to promoting water polo at all levels, and we are excited to support this tournament, which aligns perfectly with our values. “