The BEST Centre

Bluewater Elite Sports Training Centre

About The BEST Centre

BEST – Bluewater Elite Sports Training Centre – is the number one outdoor Olympic swim centre in Europe, and has attracted sports teams and individual athletes from across the world for training camps and clinics for the past 10 years. But where did it all start?

The BEST Centre – a sports centre with an Olympic swimming pool as its centrepiece – was developed by two former olympic swimmers James Parrack and Matthew O’Connor, who recognised an opportunity to use their experience, expertise and talent to build a world-renowned training centre.

Co-founders James and Matthew grew up in local swimming clubs and both went on to represent Great Britain at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games respectively. Throughout their swimming careers, both have experienced all levels of training camps all over the world, from youngsters with their local clubs, to seniors with the British team.

With a life-time of first hand experience, Matthew and James set up the company Bluewater Training Camps, where they successfully organised and delivered club training camps and Family Swim Holidays across Europe. After recognising their talent and success, they then built a Centre where they could do all of this and more – and so they began looking for the perfect location to build their sports centre.

The BEST Centre was opened on the 4th of July 2009. After recognising a gap in the market for a sports centre situated within a town environment, yet away from the hustle, bustle and distractions of city life, the small, picturesque coastal town of Colonia Sant Jordi proved the perfect location. With short walks between hotels, beaches, the harbour, shops, restaurants and the pool, and with hiking, biking, kayaking, caving, sailing, fishing, snorkeling and the beautiful island of Cabrera just off the coast, there is plenty to ensure all visitors have an unforgettable experience.

Mission

With their lifetime of first-hand experience, James and Matthew founded the BEST Centre on the premise that they would create the ideal training environment to make your camp as successful as possible, with the core mission to help athletes across the world as they pursue their sporting dreams.

At the BEST Centre we are proud of our small team of sport enthusiasts. Each and every individual employed within the centre is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality service, whether that be through our poolside coaching, our efficient organisation, or our local advice and tips that make your camp unique.

Although originally attracting swimmers, triathletes, synchronised swimmers, and water polo players, because of the surrounding areas, runners and cyclists are now regular clients.

Our new large outdoor multifunctional area, which is attracting yoga and fitness enthusiasts, is a move towards our aim to become a centre renowned not only for excellence in aquatic sports, but for a huge array of land-based sports, allowing us to support all athletes in the pursuit of their sporting dreams.

Facilities

Our state of the art facilities at The BEST Centre make this site the perfect location for your club training camp, attracting individuals and teams from across the world.

More specifically, we have welcomed 1000s of different swimming, water polo, triathlon and synchronised swimming teams from 38 countries worldwide. The combination of our facilities and the peacefulness of Colònia make for the perfect training camp – good enough for the very BEST!

With a lifetime of swimming knowledge and over 15 years of experience operating in this field, we understand the needs of swim teams and are able to provide everything you need to help you train as well as you possibly can. This means you can go to the block with confidence and give the BEST performance you can.

Meet the team

Matthew O’Connor

Matthew O’Connor

Co-founder and director of the BEST Centre and Bluewater Hotel

Matthew grew up swimming at the City of Manchester and represented Great Britain at junior and senior level. He competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games alongside James Parrack. He has over eight years in international swimming experience and obtained a degree in International Business Studies from the University of Georgia.

Matthew is founder of the Disney Nadar Es Vida Spanish swimming federation learn to swim programme and also founder of the BEST FEST Open Water swimming festival.

James Parrack

James Parrack

Co-founder and director of the BEST Centre and BEST Centre Academy

James grew up swimming in Leeds where he made his first national team aged 21 and later moved to California where he swam with the famous Santa Clara Swim Club. After becoming ten times national champion, James competed at the 1988 Olympic Games, followed by the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, winning a silver medal in Auckland and finishing the year ranked world number 3.

James is the swimming commentator for Eurosport, and presented Eurosport News from 2002 to 2006. He is formerly the swimming correspondent for The Independent and columnist and feature writer for the Swimming Times magazine.

Meet the team

Vanessa Philips

Vanessa Philips

Head of Admin & Group Bookings

Dani Villaverde

Dani Villaverde

Academy, Swim & Triathlon Coach

Ally Wright

Ally Wright

Business Development

Sally Burrell

Sally Burrell

Business Development

Marga Cerda

Marga Cerda

BEST Group Manager

Pamela Giejo

Pamela Giejo

Triathlon & Swim Coach

Have a Question?

If you have any questions about the BEST Centre or any of our programs, camps or events, please do not hesitate to contact us – we will be very happy to help!

Contact Us

Tel: 0034 971 65 65 60
Tel: 0044 161 408 2982

info@bestcentresports.com

Bluewater Elite Swim Training Centre SL
CIF: B57567448. Pza. Juan Carlos I, nr. 3 - 2° - 1, Palma de Mallorca, 07011.

 

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