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For the first time in its history, the Polish Union of Footballers (PZP) organised a training camp for players out of contract. In total, five players managed to find a new club after their participation in the PZP initiative.


The Polish training camp took place on 7, 8 and 9 July in Wodzislaw Slaski, on the pitches of Gos?aw Sports Centre. ‘The players had very good training conditions’, says PZP spokesman Piotr Kasprzyk. Practices were led by professional coaches Piotr Sowisz, Pawel Sibik, Piotr Czop and Jaroslaw Grycman. Beniamin Kotula, a certified physiotherapist, was also present and the players were allowed access to a modern fitness club.


At the end of the training camp, players were divided into two teams which played against clubs from the Polish Third Division: Zaglebie Sosnowiec and Znicz Pruszków. Even though both matches were lost, a number of players put in a good performance.


As a result, five players have signed a contract with a club, all from the Third Division.
Tomasz Tchórz - Mazur Karczew (3)
Patryk Gondek - Plomien Elk (3)
Kamil Stankiewicz - Narewka Narew (3)
Artur Gryko - Narewka Narew (3)
Kamil Mankowski - LZS Piotrówka (3)


Spokesman Kasprzyk: ‘It is worth mentioning that the first PZP camp was dominated by footballers from lower Polish divisions. They displayed a remarkably professional attitude towards their work, and this is, without any doubt, a factor which bodes well for the future.’


‘The camp has also shown that there are many talented players in Poland who are determined to fight for a chance.’


There was also a meeting with PZP representatives, who talked about the most crucial issues that they face in their everyday union activity. The players paid close attention to the presentation and discussed matters important for them afterwards.