About Us

If you are taking your waterpolo seriously, this is the one camp you just cannot afford to miss. SPR Travel, one of the largest operators of aquatic sports camps in Europe, is organizing a special camp aimed at young American waterpolo players who want to improve their game by training with a top European coach and having a great time in the process.

 

This is no ordinary waterpolo camp. Each session is taken personally by coach Marco Risso who comes with more 25 years experience coaching in Italy. He is currently head coach at President Bologna, a Serie A side, as well as a coaches’ coach at the famed Italian Waterpolo Academy. He has coached and mentored many players who have later gone on to become Olympic, World and European champions.

 

Alongside Marco we will have experienced Spanish international player and European champion, Sergi Mora who will get into the pool with you during practice sessions.

 

But waterpolo training with these guys is only half the story. Malta is a unique island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with 7000 years of history, including the oldest free standing buildings in the world. And then there is the snorkelling, the 600hp speedboat rides and the open top bus ride. The camp dates are from the 31st July to the 8th August 2018. There are only 26 places available in the camp to ensure that every single participant is given maximum attention.

 

We invite you to scroll down through our website to get a better understanding of what we offer and meet the guys you will be working with. If you have any other questions email our camp director at richard@spr.com.mt

Training

The camp is an eight day intensive course covering every aspect of the game of waterpolo run by world class coach and administrators.

 

  • General waterpolo technique
  • Position specific training
  • Tactics – both in the pool and on video
  • Sports psychology
  • Gym work
  • Stretching
  • Land training

 

ALL training sessions are carried out by coach Marco while Sergi gets into the water and scrimmages with you. We also arrange scrimmaging against Maltese teams of the same age groups.

 

Besides the training you will also have the opportunity to see live games in the pro Maltese national championships where some of the very top names in world waterpolo come to play during the summer season.

 

The camp will be under the direct supervision of co-camp director Paul Micallef

WHO IS COACH MARCO RISSO?

Date of Birth

10/26/1966

Clubs

Italy: Bogliasco, Florentia, Sori, Torino, Lavagna, Bologna, Chiavari

Malta: San Giljan, Sirens, Birzebbuga.

Honours

Comen Cup: Sori

Italian Cup: Chiavari

First Division Champions: Birzebbuga

9 junior championships at youth level including 3 in a row with Bogliasco

Playoffs

Took both Torino and Lavagna to the Serie A playoffs in Italy for the first time in their history.

Hometown

Genoa, Italy

Fully Qualified Coach

25 years

Coach’s Coach at

The National Italian Waterpolo Academy

Testimonials

Our team

Marco Risso

Coach

Sergi Mora

Player

Richard Micallef

Camp Director

Paul Micallef

Camp Director

Program and Prices

Typical camp day

 

  • 8.30am – 10.30am Pool training (covering all aspects of playing waterpolo)
  • 10.30am – 11.45am Lecture – Nutrition, psychology, video analysis
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
  • 2.30pm – 4.00 pm Pool training (position specific training and tactics)
  • 4.00pm – 6.00pm Free time
  • 6.00pm – 8.15pm Scrimmage against local teams (includes travel time if we play at someone else’s pool)
  • 8.45am – 10.00pm Dinner

 

Weekend

 

On Saturday there will be one training session in the morning, lunch and then an activity – visits to a historical site, speedboat rides and snorkelling sessions. At 6.30pm we arrive at the National Pool to watch the pro games. Members of our team will be present for supervision during ALL activities.

 

Sunday is a waterpolo free day once again participants will have a whole range of activities arranged for them.

 

Besides waterpolo practice and scrimmaging we have prepared programme to make the most of your visit to our beautiful island. Included in the package are:

 

  • A ride to the island of Comino and the Blue Lagoon on a 600HP powerboat
  • A round the island open top bus ride with a stop to visit to the capital city Valletta – a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • A snorkelling expedition at St. Peter’s Pool, one of Malta’s natural beauty spots
  • A visit to the Tal-Qroqq National Pool to watch a pro-league game with world famous waterpolo stars

 

The accommodation package consists of:

 

  • 8 nights accommodation at the 4 star Water’s Edge Hotel in Birzebbuga. All rooms with ocean view and 5 minutes walk along the beach from the practice.
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • Transport provided to all extra-curricular activities away from the practice pool
  • The group is accompanied and surpervised 24/7 by highly experienced group leaders. Camp director is on call 24/7 and attends all activities

 

CAMP DATES

2nd to 10th August 2018 – departure from LAX on 1st August

 

PRICE WITH RETURN FLIGHTS (LAX – MALTA – LAX) $3500

 

PRICE WITHOUT FLIGHTS    $1595

 

Some of our clients...

Our numbers so far...

10

years operating

waterpolo camps

3000

athletes attended

20

tournaments organised

100

years of waterpolo experience combined

Our Partners

Contacts

Richard - Camp Director

richard@spr.com.mt

+356 79845716

Marco Palazzo - US Co-ordinator

marcop@sprwaterpolo.com

+1 (949) 554 5613

Bruno Antonino - US Co-ordinator

bruno.antonino@libero.it

+1 (650) 713 1670

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