We’re investing in sporting infrastructure to turn club football into national football. After all, if there’s a Polish club playing abroad, it feels like the entire Poland is playing with them Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki remarked.
The Head of Government has highlighted that sporting facilities and covered football pitches are to create conditions for year-round training of young footballers.
We want to put in place a training system that will turn Polish football into an international powerhouse the Prime Minister explained.
Support for the Górnik Zabrze stadium
We support the development of local sporting infrastructure through the Sportowa Polska (‘Sporting Poland’) programme. In 2020, we have projected more than PLN 200 million for investments of this type. Last year under the programme, we co-financed the renovation of the football pitch at the Górnik Zabrze football club with PLN 2.2 million.
Sporting infrastructure in Poland
No healthy and active society can exist without a publicly accessible, modern and safe sporting infrastructure. Between 2016 and 2019, we allocated ~PLN 2.3 billion for the development of such infrastructure. This amount will make it possible to construct, revamp or renovate more than 6 thousand sporting facilities across Poland. In 2020, the sporting infrastructure development budget is over PLN 516 million.
The football pitch roofing programme
The programme aims to create year-round conditions for football training and practice. 12 facilities have been admitted to the programme’s 2020 edition, for a total amount of PLN 19 million. Once implemented, the programme will contribute to improving the accessibility of football infrastructure in the autumn/winter season.
Subsidies for football clubs under the Club Programme
The government’s Club Programme is an innovative model of direct aid for small and medium-sized sports clubs. This year, over PLN 54 million will go to ca. 4.9 thousand small and medium-sized clubs all over Poland.
The amount of financing under the government’s Club Programme is:
- PLN 10 thousand for one-discipline clubs,
- PLN 15 thousand for multidisciplinary clubs.
Under the basic financing model, the money may be used to:
- remunerate coaches,
- organise sports camps,
- purchase sports equipment.
Additionally, in 2020 clubs may decide to allocate all funds to support the work of coaches.
The Football Academies Certification Programme
This programme is directed at entities providing football practice for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 13. The Polish Football Association (PZPN) is the nationwide operator of the programme. We have PLN 35 million for the training. This amount will make it possible to support nearly 600 football academies for children and youth. The programme will cover more than 57 thousand participants and 3.7 thousand coaches all over Poland.