(photo: gornikzabrze.pl/Paweł Janicki)
Fourteen-time Mistrz Polski Górnik Zabrze celebrated International Womens’ Day by finally delving into the world of womens’ football. The club signed an agreement on Tuesday with KKS Zabrze – the city’s biggest women’s team – with the fourth-tier club to officially fall under the club’s umbrella.
So far, only a handful of Ekstraklasa sides have womens’ divisions, with Górnik Łęczna and Śląsk Wrocław by far the two biggest. That such a club as Górnik have taken the plunge could see more soon begin to follow suit.
Under the arrangement, the women’s team will become known as KKS Górnik Zabrze and will wear a variation of the Górnik logo on their shirts which incorporates the KKS Zabrze logo.
“I think that such a move has been expected for a long time and has now become a fact. KKS has been close to Górnik for a long time, but now we have said to ourselves that it needs to be finalized,” said Tomasz Rogalski, head of the womens’ section of Górnik’s academy.
KKS are led by president and coach Agnieszka Pluskowa – a 25-time Polish international, who won championship titles with Piastunki Gliwice and Czarni Sosnowiec during the 1990s. She signed the agreement along with Górnik president Arkadiusz Szymanek, in the presence of the Mayor of Zabrze, Małgorzata Mańka-Szulik. The squad were joined by Górnik players Daniel Bielica, Przemysław Wiśniewski and Adrian Gryszkiewicz, as well as coach Jan Urban.
“I really believe we can do more together. I can see that our amateur club is already becoming a bit more professional, starting with training and ending with the kit.”– Agnieszka Pluskowa, President KKS Górnik Zabrze
The agreement between the parties provides for “close co-operation”; the ladies’ team will work closely with Górnik’s impressive academy setup, headed by Łukasz Milik – the older brother of Olympique Marseille and Poland striker Arkadiusz. The club will also provide training for its coaches, and help young female players develop within the academy.
“This is a step in the right direction. There is a lot to be proud of, from the point of view of the development of Polish women’s football, it is a great thing. Certainly an important marketing element, but I also believe that working together will allow the girls to play in higher leagues.”– Arkadiusz Szymanek, President Górnik Zabrze
KKS Górnik currently sit in sixth position of the III Liga: Group 3, and begin their spring round on the weekend of 9th April, at home to Ślęza Wrocław.