A project of the Ministry of Education and Science in cooperation with the Polish Football Association
The Ministry of Education and Science will provide PLN 10 million for sports trips for pupils practising football in clubs affiliated to the Polish Football Association. This is the next edition of the pilot project "Explore Poland" conducted by the Ministry of Education and Science. This time – through sports! Today we are launching the project!
"Explore Poland" is no longer just about students' educational trips, learning about Poland, its natural environment, traditions, cultural and historical monuments, and the achievements of Polish science. It was decided to take it one step further. The Ministry of Education and Science, together with the Polish Football Association, has developed another module of the project. The project is aimed at children aged 6 to 19, primary and secondary school students who are players in sports clubs affiliated to the Polish Football Association.
"Football is the most popular and most widely played sport in Poland. That is why it is worth promoting the sport, especially among those who have been practising football from an early age at school. We want those kids to learn about sporting role models, the universal values of Olympism, and the history of sport, especially football. We also want to show by good examples that sport is healthy," reads a joint communiqué from the Ministry of Education and Science and the Polish Football Association.
"Patriotism and sport go hand in hand. We can observe this, for example, at matches during the singing of the anthem. The whole stadium is then united, emotional, vibrant. I am very pleased that we will now have the opportunity to carry out the "Explore Poland Through Sports" programme, which has an educational mission. We want our youth to be even more involved in both patriotism and sport," said Cezary Kulesza, President of the Polish Football Association.
"As part of this programme, we will develop a history of Polish football together with central level clubs and Regional Football Associations. Primary and secondary school students will learn about it during trips to football matches in different regions of the country. A great treasure trove of knowledge is also our Polish Football Library on the Łączy Nas Piłka (United by Football) website. I can already invite all of you to knowledge quizzes, which provide a fair amount of facts, good fun and the opportunity to win attractive prizes, including a trip to a Polish national team match," stressed Łukasz Wachowski, Secretary General of the Polish Football Association.
Sports clubs affiliated to the Polish Football Association, whose members are primary and secondary school students involved in football, will be able to apply for funding for trips to sporting events.
The "Explore Poland Through Sports" project will be carried out by the Polish Football Association on behalf of the Minister of Education and Science. As part of the project, the federation will organise a football knowledge quiz and prepare educational materials to be published on the Polish Football Library website. The competition will be open to all students of primary and secondary schools (in three age categories: 6 to 9 years, 10 to 14 years, and 15 to 19 years), regardless of whether they train in football clubs or are simply fans. The prize will be the possibility of participating in a match of the Polish national team.
We are already encouraging everyone to follow the Polish Football Library website, learn about the history of the national team, central level clubs and Regional Football Associations, take part in knowledge quizzes and sign up for trips to football matches. United by Football!