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Who are I-ConSports?

I-ConSports was founded in Barcelona in 2003 by Marc Becker and Alexandra Costa with the addition of Rafa Nadal’s manager Carlos Costa as a partner. It’s goal is to help athletes in the complex and competitive process of attending universities in USA with athletic scholarships. Both Marc and Alexandra studied and competed in an American College by means of a sports scholarship. Their unique experience encouraged them to set up I-ConSports in 2003 with the aim of offering a similar experience to international student-athletes. I-ConSports has an international professional team with a vast experience in the sports and educational field. They offer a high quality personalised service to each and every student-athlete known as the I-Con difference.

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Carlos Costa, Rafa Nadal and Marc Becker.

How does I-ConSports assist players?

I-ConSports works with athletes from around the world in any sport that is offered by universities in the USA. It works closely with the Rafa Nadal Academy and Rafa Nadal Foundation. The new collaboration with Barcelona Global Squash will offer international squash athletes the opportunity to study a university degree with the help of a squash scholarship and/or financial aid to compete at the highest level by being part of a collegiate athletic program.The combination of high performance varsity sport together with a university degree in the USA, in addition to the personal development acquired through living with fellow student-athletes from all over the world, makes a difference in the people that have the privilege of living this adventure, giving them the tools to be the leaders of tomorrow. Now that various top US colleges are offering 100% SQUASH SCHOLARSHIPS, i-ConSports now works with international junior squash players who are looking for the opportunity to continue their high performance sports development and in parallel continue with their academic studies in an American college.

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Universities in USA.

How does BGS colaborate with I-ConSports?

The collaboration with I-ConSports will permit BGS to identify potential late junior players who have aspirations to study in the USA and continue their squash and athletic development within the ever increasingly competitive American College Squash Association; The BGS Performance Academy is responsible for the squash / sports development of the players during a GAP year (something encouraged by many coaches), is responsible for improving their game and their athletic value to the college. I-ConSports has a proven track record of obtaining improvements on initial offers made by colleges based on the student-athlete’s improved athletic performance achieved during a GAP year before arriving at college for their freshman year. BGS is one of very few options available for top late junior players to take their game forward into the PSA Professional World Tour and/or prepare for American College Squash, offering opportunities to train IN a professional environment and WITH professionals. Meanwhile our partner i-ConSports is responsible for ALL the process including academic preparation as well as administration support that the student-athlete requires to obtain a scholarship.

Contact BGS and I-ConSports.

If the college option is something you are interested in exploring but at the same time you want to keep your options open for competing on the PSA World Tour, then BGS is certainly one of the better options within Europe and the one that can prepare you for both. For more information contact Adrian Blakemore, CEO of Barcelona Global Squash at Adrian@barcelonaglobalsquash.com.

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BGS INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR SUMMER CAMPS 2018.

BGS International Junior Summer Camps 2018 took place once again this summer in Barcelona and the feedback received from the participants and their families was again excellent. (more…)

Testimonial: Allen Tompkins

BGS PERSONALISED PROGRAMS. TESTIMONIALS: ALLEN TOMPKINS. FRANKLIN & MARSHALL FRESHMAN IN SEPTEMBER 2018.

Barcelona Global Squash was very happy to welcome Allen Tompkins from Buffalo, New York last month for a 4 week intensive program in BGS where he coincided with Yale #º1 and PSA #163 Spencer Lovejoy, and of course other professional players from the BGS Peformance Academy. (more…)

SPENCER LOVEJOY, The number 1 of the Yale University.

BGS PERSONALISED PROGRAMS. Testimonials: SPENCER LOVEJOY. YALE UNIVERSITY. New Haven (NEW YORK).

Barcelona Global Squash was delighted to welcome Yale #1 and PSA WR #169 SPENCER LOVEJOY a few weeks ago for an intensive training program. Spencer is one of a small number of college players who is combining university studies with professional competition. (more…)

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BGS TEAM TRAINING PROGRAM. BRUNSWICK SCHOOL.

This past Christmas 2017 Barcelona Global Squash started their BGS Team Training Programs. The varsity team from the top US high school Brunswick Boys School was the first group to join us.

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL SQUASH TEAMS.

Brunswick squash has a distinguished history since squash officially became a varsity sport in 1973. Current coach Jim Stephens took over the program in 1984 and has led the team to some remarkable results. Jim was responsible for bringing his boys to Barcelona to participate in this BGS Team Training Program and was accompanied by assistant coach William Casertano.

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BRUNSWICK SQUASH TEAM

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL FEEDBACK.

After their intensive training in Barcelona and Manchester with the BGS team, the Brunswick Varsity “A” team won their third title in the US High School Nationals in Philadelphia and their 16th title at the New England Championships at Choate Rosemary. The positive feedback from coaches and players will encourage BGS to continue offering programs of this kind to schools and groups from the USA, UK, Southafrica, and the rest of the world.
Here below are the testimonials of some of the Brunswick participants in this first BGS Team Training Program:

 

 

MAXWELL FINKELSTEIN:

This squash trip to Barcelona and Manchester in my opinion was the best squash trip I have taken. Besides the incredible coaching from Victor and his staff, it was amazing to train and see these great cities at the same time. I learned so much from Bet, the physio, who ran us through a 20 minute warm up and cool down after every single training session we did. She allowed us to push hard on the court and keep us from getting to sore or injured. Overall, everything about this trip was awesome and I recommend it to any squash player looking to have some fun, while also trying to take their game to the next level.

WILLIAM McLaren :

While I only was with BGS for 4 days, I really enjoyed my time there. BGS was a great way to improve my squash with world class coaches and players while learning about Spanish culture.

PATRICK FEELEEY:

The immense attention to detail by the BGS staff turned a ‘training trip’ into an experience of a lifetime. From the first step in Barcelona, I knew this trip was going to be wildly successful because of the extra care that Adrian and Victor put into it. I know I’ll be back with the BGS family soon.

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WILLIAM HOLEY:

When my coach Jim Stephens approached me in June about the idea of our Varsity Squash Team going to Spain over winter break, my first thought was that I would never be so lucky to do such a thing. Yet, there we were, six months later, in the heart of La Rambla taking in the sights and sounds. As soon as we got on court in Barcelona, the entire team’s mindset shifted. We all knew it was a one of a kind opportunity and we were going to take full advantage of it. Coach Victor Montserrat and the BGS staff matched our intensity, the sessions were productive and efficient. It being my first time out the States I didn’t have much to compare it to, yet I got a great sense for the cities of Barcelona and Manchester. We were exposed to many different coaches such as: Victor (BGS), Matt Sidaway, Josh Taylor (England Squash), and Malcolm Willstrop (Pontefract). Being under the tutelage of many different coaches in a short period of time allowed me to gather advice from each of them and take away what I thought would best advance my game.

WILLIAM JONES:

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to play in Barcelona with BGS. Adrian, Victor, and the rest of the staff helped me improve so many different aspects of my game. Every training session was meaningful and as a team we saw some outstanding results. I look forward to someday working with BGS squash again.

NICK SPIZZIRRI:

Bgs helped the Brunswick squash team come together and bond as a team. Although we were only with them for four days, Victor, Bet, and the rest of the staff succeeded in making the whole team better. They made us feel like we were training to be pros, from the 20 minute warmups and cool downs to the healthy food to the tough sessions. Adrian, victor, and the rest of the staff helped us find our strengths and invigorate our weaknesses. It was an incredible trip and I can’t wait to go back.

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BRIAN LEONARD:

The Barcelona Global Squash trip this past winter break was a great experience. Besides gaining an immense amount of knowledge about the culture of Barcelona, I improved my squash game greatly. The pros and trainers treated us like professional athletes and taught us the small things that made the whole difference in everyone’s game. I look forward to going back again.

CHARLIE HEATH:

Our trip to Barcelona and Manchester this winter with BGS was a really great experience which definitely took my game to a new level.  It was nice to spend time with team mates as well as training hard in a place as interesting as Barcelona.  Overall, an amazing experience and definitely a factor in our success at nationals for all of our players.

DINA SANTRY:

In our trip to Barcelona, our team was able to see the city of Barcelona while getting some of the best training of our lives with Head Coach Victor Monserrat. We also learned a lot about the importance of warm ups and cool downs from the physio Bet. Overall this was one of the coolest squash trips of my life.

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PIERCE HENDERSON:

This past winter break, Barcelona Global squash helped us greatly improve our squash skills and bond as a team. The care and attention to detail by Victor, Adrian, Bet, and the rest of the BGS staff helped our team reach its goal of winning the national championship. Even though we only spent 4 days in Barcelona, the lessons we learned continue to help us sharpen our skills today.

PK KELLER:

Our trip to Barcelona was an amazing experience, which garnered positives all around. The coaching was great and living in Barcelona was awesome. The trip was a great bonding experience for the team as well. BGS was definitely an influential part of our success this year at Nationals.

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BGS INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR SUMMER CAMPS 2017.

Barcelona Global Squash started their BGS International Junior Summer Camps 2017 at the end of June. A group of eleven young players completed the first group to join us for our first 2017 Summer Camp. For the second Camp, nine boys and girls joined us from many different countries and the last one was filled up with twelve young international juniors. (more…)

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BGS PERFORMANCE ACDEMY. Testimonies: Raghav Kumar (Tufts University, Boston) and Hojung Kim (University of Chicago).

Recently Barcelona Global Squash was visited by Hojung Kim and Raghav Kumar. Both are College Squash Association players from two prominent US universities. Hojung Kim is from The University of Chicago and Raghav Kumar from Tufts University, Boston. (more…)

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BGS International Summer Camp 2016. Testimonies: Seif Elfiky (Canada / Egypt) Marta Latorre (Spain) and Tato Mancilla (Colombia)

Tato Mancilla did the three weeks of the BGS International Summer Squash Camp 2016. Marta Latorre did one week and had to leave us because of injury; and Seif Elfiky was on our Camp during the last week. After that, he did another week of a Personalised Program. (more…)