Have you ever dreamt of doing your waterpolo practice with the Hungarian National Team coach? Do you want to sit for dinner next to someone who has played 482 games for his country, a world record in any sport, and has two Olympic medals to his name? In actual fact we don’t have one Olympic gold medallist. At the Elite European Waterpolo Camp we have three of them in our coaching team. And they are waiting to welcome you to our camp on the enchanting island of Malta.


We have assembled an all-star team made up of 2 Italian coaches, the Hungarian national team coach, two international players from Spain and Hungary, who get in the pool and scrimmage with you. Plus a top nutritionist, a swimming instructor and a sports psychologist. Each one an expert in his or her field.


But 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. At mealtimes you get to eat with these waterpolo legends, hear their stories and understand how they got to the top of their profession.


The camp dates are from the 22nd June to the 3rd July 2020. There are only 26 places available in the camp to ensure that every single participant is given maximum attention, 4 of which are reserved for goalkeepers.

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 or need more information get in touch with us at


Camp Directors

Paul and Richard Micallef



Tamas Marcz, Hungarian National Coach, senior team, Olympic gold medallist Sydney 2000.

Carlo Silipo, Italian National Coach, junior team, Olympic gold medallist Barcellona 1992, bronze medal Atlanta 1996.

Marco “Gu” Baldineti, one of Italy’s most successful coaches at club level, European champion at Pro Recco both as a coach and a player.



ALL training sessions are carried out by coaches Tamas, Carlo and Marco, while the players get into the water and practice 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 is a 10 day intensive course covering every aspect of the game of waterpolo run by world class athletes, coaches and administrators. We have roped in specialists in various other disciplines to cover every base possible.

THE Coaches

Marco 'Gu' Baldineti

Marco is the head coach of top Italian team BPM Sport Management Verona. He had a glittering career both as a player and as a coach at international and club level. Won European championships as a player and coach with Pro Recco as well as winning gold in the 1986 European Champions.

Tamas Marcz

Tommy won Olympic gold in Sydney 2000 and is now Hungarian national senior team coach. Has won everything there is to win in waterpolo, both at world, European and national level. Along with his Olympic gold medal, he has also won gold in the World and European championships. At club level he has been national champion twice in Italy and four times in Hungary with BVSC. The complete player who could play in any position in the pool and now amongst the top coaches in the world.

Carlo silipo

Carlo is the current Italian national junior team coach. Many argue that he is the world’s greatest ever waterpolo player and he certainly has the stats to prove it. Olympic gold medallist in Barcellona 1992 and bronze medallist in Atlanta 1996 with Italy. Twice world champion and twice European champion. He played 482 times for the Italian national team, a world record in any sport. No one has won more than him at club level as part of the Posillipo team that dominated Italian and European Waterpolo for a decade.

THE players

Arpad Babay

A 6’5” powerhouse of a player who has played and won trophies in both Hungary and Spain. Originally started out as a defender but has developed an all round game that very few can match. A fearsome shooter from any position. Like Arpad is a born leader and captained practically side he has played in. Currently team captain of crack Hungarian side Vasas.

Sergi Mora

Sergi is the consummate all round waterpolo player who plays his waterpolo in his head before his hands. He is a Spanish international who won silver at the World Championships in Rome 2009 and bronze at the Europeans in Belgrade in 2006.


adele muscat

Adele is a sports psychologist with a degree from the famous John Moores University in Liverpool, England. She is a psychology lecturer at the University of Malta and has worked with many top athletes both in Malta and overseas. She will help you understand what goes through the mind of an elite sportsman, how they motivate themselves and how they buy into the team ethic.

barbara sognia

Barbara is a waterpolo and swimming coach who specializes in teaching swimming techniques to waterpolo players. Highly experienced she specializes in stroke correction to help athletes optimize their swimming performance and efficiency

gianluca barbara

Taekwondo black belt but also a leading sports nutritionist. A gym fanatic who will show you how to get the maximum out of your workouts.


Just do as he says.


The Elite European Waterpolo Camp is organised by SPR Travel, a company licenced to operate in the tourism sector in Malta. The company is co-owned by the father and son duo of Richard and Paul Micallef. You can get to know more about SPR Travel here During the ten days of the camp both Paul and Richard together with their staff are available 24/7.


Few team managers in Maltese waterpolo have brought so much success to their team as Richard has done in nearly 20 years of management with Sirens ASC. He has engaged and worked with some of the greatest names in world waterpolo - players such as Olympic gold medallists Sandro Campagna and Franco Porzio (Barcelona 92), Tamas Marcz and Zsolt Varga (Sydney 2000) and Tamas Varga (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), world champion Christian Presciutti and coaches Marco Baldineti, Paolo De Crescenzo and Bruno Cufino.

Richard is also known for his interest in junior Waterpolo and throughout his career has worked hard to ensure that his club has a regular supply of young players available for selection for the first team. He is a former player himself and has mentored young players who have played regularly in the Maltese pro-league and the National team.

Outside of Waterpolo, Richard has held senior administrative positions in the hotel and travel industry, government agencies and for 3 years served as a director on the Management Committee of the European Medicines Agency.


Paul is the guy who makes the camp tick. An accomplished waterpolo player himself, Paul is in charge of the day to day running of the camp and the go to guy if you need to organize or fix something.

Although still twenty eight years of age, he has been involved in the SPR Camps since they started 11 years ago.

Along with the coaches Paul is the face of EEWPC and is around the pool, hotel and restaurants throughout the duration of the camp seeing to every little detail to make sure that campers are comfortable and safe.

Paul has been around Waterpolo in Malta since the age of eight and has played and like his father worked with some of the greatest names in world Waterpolo.

typical day

ALL training sessions are carried out by coaches Tamas, Carlo and Marco while Arpad and Sergi get into the water and scrimmage 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.


08:00 - 10:00

Pool training - Covering all aspects of playing waterpolo

10:30 - 11:45

Lecture – Nutrition, psychology, video analysis

12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30

Pool training - Position specific training and tactics

15:30 - 18:30

Free time

18:30 - 20:15

Scrimmage vs local teams - includes travel for away games

20:45 - 22:00


07:15 - 07:45



On Saturday there will be one training session in the morning, lunch and then an activity – visits to a historical site, speedboat rides and snorkeling 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 the best waterpolo training possible which covers every aspect for mental and physical preparation for the game, we offer our guests an outstanding complete package to ensure that the stay is a memorable, once in a lifetime experience. You train, eat and relax with world class coaches and athletes, stay in a hotel right on the water’s edge, and walk along a beautiful sandy beach to your pool. This is the stuff that waterpolo dreams are made of.


The package consists of;

  • Accommodation in a 4 star hotel with sea views, breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airport transfers and all transport for excursions
  • A 600 HP speedboat ride to the island of Comino
  • Visits to historical sites, a cruise of the famous Valletta Harbour
  • A camp bathing costume, t-shirt and shorts and signed waterpolo balls and photos with all the stars who will become your friends during your stay with us.



$6399 - with flights LAX - Malta - LAX.

$4999 - without flights.


We also do special packages for parents starting at $1594 for a four star hotel or $2295 for a five star hotel. Both with spectacular ocean views (flights not included).


There are only 26 places available. Dates 22nd June to 3rd July 2020.


For more information please contact us via the form below or contact Richard, the camp director, personally by email or call him on 00356 7984 5716 (this is a Maltese cell number).

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Elite European

Waterpolo Camp

Position specific training

Swimming technique



General waterpolo technique


both in the pool and on video

Sports psychology

Gym work

Land training


International Sports Tourism

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