Session with Dani Rodríguez Verdú


On Friday, February 23, a session of the general coordinator of the Catalan Rowing Federation Dani Rodríguez Verdú took place at Club Natació Banyoles. He gave the keys of the Catalan high performance sports. Many athletes and their families attended the session, in which Dani Rodríguez detailed the different stages and also resolved doubts about access to the university, since the centers have a reserve of 3% of places for athletes high level. More information here.

Open session about regulations of high performance sports


On Friday, February 23, the General Coordinator of the Catalan Federation of Row Dani Rodríguez Verdú will give us the keys of regulations of high performance sports. The event will take place at 8:00 PM at Club Natació Banyoles and is open to everyone, mainly to dual carreers sportists and their families.

Alexander T. Latinkak, Noemí Jordana and Jordi Jofre talk about dual career


On Friday, November 17, the Dual Careers Seminar organized by the ICDC project and co-organized with the Càtedra d'Esports i Educació Física de la UdG took place. It was on the subject: Is it possible to combine high level sport and high level studies?. During the event, in which a hundred people participated, we listened to the experiences of athletes and different points of view, such as Dr. Alexander T. Latinjak, sports psychologist at the University of Suffolk (England) ). Latinjak said that, on a cognitive and nervous level, learning is more productive with a single training session and recommends not carrying out a double load of training (morning and afternoon) because the second one overwrites the knowledge acquired in the first. He also stated that the dual career can involve the risk of separating the person: the athlete and the student: "They are not different individuals, the two areas are mutually affected and complement each other". According to the psychologist, if you study and then practice high-intensity sports (20-30 min) you learn significantly better, since sport balances and predisposes the brain. Finally, he assures that the subject of physical education in the school should not be validated to the high level athletes.
The teacher and ex-basketball player Noemí Jordana also participated in the seminar. She explained her experience to the assistants. In her case, he thanked the fact of going to a high performance center for the facilities that supposed to have everything in one place (educational center, home, sport, doctors, psychologists ...). For her, getting to the university was a blow of reality since she had to face what it really means to pursue a dual career. She considers very important the volunteer of the athlete to do things, not wanting to be given anything: "Do not seek help, seek to make things easier, such as if you have a competition, allow him to do the exam before and not after " Likewise, he has appreciated the help of the classmates and how the teachers facilitated her work. Anyway, according to her, the athlete has to be aware of their limits, and know when to withdraw: "If you have to do the degree in more time, you do not have to feel bad".
Finally, the rower Banyoles CN and remergometer world champion (2014) Jordi Jofre ensures that the dual career provides two different points of view to solve new problems. He emphasizes that sport allows him to meet people and different cultures: "The feeling of sharing goals in a world cup with the most direct competitors is an incredible experience". He also states that rowing has allowed him to improve his concentration and his studies, which in short, the sport has made him improve his academic performance. Finally, he adds that you have to learn to organize time, and avoid distractions.

Seminar: Is It possible to study and practice high-level sport at the same time?


Next Friday, November 17, in the Sala de Socis of Club Natació Banyoles, the seminar The Dual Careers will take place: is it possible to study and practice high-level sport at the same time?, co-organized between the ICDC project and the Càtedra d'Esports i Educació Física of the UdG. The activity, which will take place from 7 pm, is aimed at teachers and secondary school teachers, families, technicians and coaches in order to deepen the need to understand the psychological processes of the young athlete during the academic stage. The day provides for the participation of renowned athletes who have been able to successfully combine academic training, which will allow discovering organizational tools and planning ways to discuss a relevant question, both in the academic and sports fields.

Elena Piñeiro: "L'alimentació és un factor clau per assolir els nostres reptes"


Day-to-day feeding is the key, in addition to training, to get results in athletes that are also studying and in the growth stage. This is one of the conclusions of the practical workshop given by nutritionist Elena Piñeiro at Club Natació Banyoles this Thursday, September 28. Athletes from the ICDC program and their families have learned to manage their nutrition. According to Piñeiro, there is a lot of professional intrusion and it's necessary to have more information. The nutritionist has also added that it is important to know what you are eating, where the food comes from, and how it is cooked. Finally, it has said that a food balance can give the athlete resistance and performance and make it reach its maximum capacity according to its genetics.


The Club Natació Banyoles and the Universitat de Girona have signed an agreement to facilitate dual careers


The Club Natació Banyoles and the Universitat de Girona have signed an agreement to facilitate the access of the athletes included in the ICDC project in the Academic Support Program to the high-level university athletes of the UdG. This collaboration will include 8 students in each course, who will receive support with the aim of facilitating the dual career and that the young people have both academic and sports careers.

'Daily food of a performance athlete', this Thursday


On Thursday, September 28, the Sala de Socis of the Club Natació Banyoles will host the session 'Daily food of a performance athlete', by Elena Piñeiro. Aimed at athletes aged 14 to 18 and their families, this session will provide the keys to have good habits and a proper diet. The talk will take place from 20:45 to 22:00 and is open to anyone interested.

Working session: the 'invisible' training, by Pau Vela


This Monday, April 24 will be a working session around the 'invisible' training and its importance by Pau Vela, physiotherapist and international sportist (Olympic Games in Rio). It will be at 19:30 in the Sala de Socis of the Club Natació Banyoles. This activity is exclusively for the athletes who are part of the project.

New promotional video


The ICDC project, that started in 2016 and plans to end in 2018, is reaching the equator. And to celebrate it presents a new promotional video, in which they explain the main objectives of the project and where there are some of the project participants -from different sports-. You can watch it here.

Sessions of ICDC project


During March there have been different sessions of the ICDC project led by Club Natació Banyoles. The families of athletes between 13 and 21 years old who are part of the project or could be part have been summoned with the purpose of explaining in detail what it consists of, what the objectives are and how it will become concrete in the coming months. The managers of the session have been Albert Busquets and the academic tutor and coach of the project Enric Parnau, as well as the coaches of the different sections who have given their impression on all the developments that will take place during the next few months.

There has also been a presentation of the project in Granollers, where the Handball Club Granollers also leads a project on dual careers.

The next appointment of the program will be with the educational centers of the city at the end of the month, and during the month of April there will be a work session around the training and its importance by Pau Vela, physiotherapist and international rower, sportist of the Rio Olympic Games.