After successfully realized Easter Camp in Vrnjacka Banja (Serbia), Water Polo Sports Tour & International Academy (WPST & IA), led by former water polo player and Ex team manager and coach of the women’s Switzerland national team, Willi Dzodic, organized a Mini camp in Belgrade for the water polo team of the American University of Beirut (AUB). Students of engineering and medicine (born from 1997 to 1999) had the opportunity to come to the capital of the water polo nation and train in excellent conditions that are unusual for their area.
Belgrade Mini Camp was organized in cooperation with water polo club Taš, led by Vladimir Ivanovic, its president and collaborator of WPST&IA. The role of a head coach belonged to Filip Pesic, also from water polo club Tas.
Students of AUB, led by Rami Elhusseini, were positively surprised with conditions for training and professional progress of the players. Having the opportunity to work with coaches specialized for different positions, who speak several foreign languages, left good impressions on WPST&IA guests. They also loved Belgrade, its culture, architecture and regretted for not having more time to visit famous tourist attractions. But they promised to come back for more water polo experience and nice memories.
– For us it was almost like a miracle to see how champions were made. We have nothing this big anywhere in Lebanon. You build champs since the early age and it gives us a beautiful feeling. We would love to be here again – said Rami Elhusseini, coach of the AUB water polo team.
The goalkeeper of the team Alexandre Megarbane also shared his impressions about Belgrade Mini Camp.
– We come from a small country and we don’t have so many good water polo coaches. Here in Serbia, they have the best coaches in the world. We had just a couple of trainings but we learned more than we did previously for two years.
Players and students of the AUB Nicolas Bastoli and Charbel Chidiac pointed out that the camp was above their expectations.
– It was one of the best practices I ever had in water polo. All the players from the team were super excited about the camp. We expected it to be more frustrating but the coaches were very calm, understanding, giving us all the knowledge they have – said Nicolas.
– I could never imagine that so many people are playing water polo. In Lebanon it is still a new sport. We practiced for only couple of days but we could clearly see the difference, our skills have improved so much – added Charbel.
Water polo team of AUB is hoping to continue the cooperation with WPST&IA and organize new camps, both for adults and children, that would educate not only players but also coaches and referees.
WPST&IA is now looking forward to new camps – October 2018 and April 2019, planning to organize more gatherings of the water polo players that would love to progress and come to a bigger level in sports. For all the informations, feel free to contact [email protected]
See you at the next camp!