“Polish sport is our pride,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook.
“The successes of Polish sportspeople give us hope and joy and encouragement, and so we want to support them even more,” he added.
“From the very beginning, sport has been one of my Cabinet’s priorities, and today it is my pleasure to announce another governmental initiative in this field, part of the Polish New Deal programme,” Morawiecki said.
Under the initiative, which is set for launch later this year, the government plans to provide support for teams in sports such as football, volleyball, handball and basketball , the PAP news agency reported.
EUR 33 million a year for football clubs
Professional football clubs from the country’s top two divisions stand to receive a total of PLN 150 million (EUR 33 million) annually over the next five years to upgrade their infrastructure, the head of Poland’s football federation (PZPN), Cezary Kulesza, announced on Twitter.
In addition to professional clubs, funding will be allocated to amateur and youth sports organisations, according to officials.
“The Support-for-Masters Programme is a comprehensive plan of support for teams and clubs that represent Poland on the international stage,” Morawiecki said on social media.
“We want to be winning, we want to be the best, we want our children to train at the best clubs in Europe, and we want these clubs to be Polish,” he added.
The new government programme is set to offer grants as well as bonuses for qualification and good performance in European competitions, the PAP news agency reported.