HaBaWaBa is an English acronym that means “Happy Baby Water Ball”, symbolizing the joy of a child practicing “the sport that is played with the ball in the water”. The tournament was created by “Waterpolo Development” with the idea of expanding water polo and promoting the values of sports and coexistence. It was organized for the first time in 2008 and, so far, it has been held 10 times in Italy, with editions in Greece and North America.
The HaBaWaBa is the most important and visible water polo tournament among children of training categories worldwide. The event comes to Spain from the hand of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation, which has relied on Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA) for the organization of HaBaWaBa Spain in Barcelona, within the framework of the 33th European Championships of water polo 2018.
Waterpolo Development argues that the best way to achieve its goal of expanding the base of water polo around the world is to bring the sport closer to children aged 6 to 12 years old. With this in mind, the idea of the HaBaWaBa International Festival was born.
Enjoy a team sport and have fun in and out of the water.
Promote inclusion, respect and coexistence between children of different cultures and backgrounds.
To achieve a working environment to promote water polo by bringing together children, coaches, family and fans.
To live the high European water polo level and use it as a meeting point where young water polo players and water polo stars will have the chance to interact.
Located on the magic mountain of Montjuïc, the municipal swimming pool was restructured on the occasion of the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992, where the platforms for diving and water polo occurred. The facility offers the possibility of hosting 5 matches at a time. The distance to the Picornell pools, where the European Championships will take place, is only a 10 minute walk.
After the organization of the FINA World Championships in 2003 and 2013 and the LEN Final Six in 2014 and 2015, Barcelona has been demonstrated into the world of water polo as a city well-suited to host events in this sport.
The first edition of the HaBaWaBa Spain 2018 will be held in the Catalan capital coinciding with the 33rd LEN European Water Polo Championships. Barcelona and the mountain of Montjuïc will become the epicenter of European water polo, bringing together two high-impact events and organizing an international children’s tournament unveiled in Barcelona.
The dates of HaBaWaBa Spain will coincide with the first phase of the European Championships.