We're holding the European Championships because we want to!
Among us there are lacrosse players and those who don't even know the rules of this discipline. Among us there are the organisers of The World Games Wrocław 2017 and those who have never heard of this event. Among us there are marketing specialists and people without an account on Instagram. But no one is here by accident. We share a passion for sport and event organisation, and we combine energy and professionalism.
Our strength lies in our focus on problem solving and the diverse experience of each member. We are a team and we play as a team.
We are the ones behind the ELC:
- Kajetan Statkiewicz: Organising Committee, contact with the ELC national teams, games.
- Maciej Krupniewski: Organising Committee, Festival, promotion.
- Karolina Dukiel: Organising Committee, volunteers.
- Mateusz Dukiel: transport and accommodation coordinator.
- Martyna Czerwik: press officer
- Emilia Maliszak: food service coordinator.
- Karolina Smerczyńska: tournament information coordinator, field reservation.
- Jakub Lipczik: coordinator of promotion, media, communication.
- Wojciech Meres: infrastructure and Olympic village.
- Jędrzej Madej: fields and infrastructure.
- Andreas Maertens: coordinator of the referees.
- Krzysztof Burzyński: law and justice department, finance.
- Piotr Statkiewicz: law and justice department, translation.
- Dawid Gałczyński: graphic designer, designer.
- Marek Stor: photo.
- Bogdan Fuka: director of fields.
- Kacper Chmielewski: video.
- Zofia Rejman: specialist for special tasks.
- Petr Tahal: statistics, technical infrastructure, consultancy.
- Kinga Wesołowska: Instagram.
- Daniel Smaza: Instagram.
- Marcin Janiszewski: media, offices, experience, grey eminence, team spirit.
International lacrosse tournaments are always a feast for our community. Regardless of the size and rank of the events, the organisers pay great attention to their quality. This year's European Lacrosse Championships is not only the biggest European tournament in history, but also the most important lacrosse event for the Polish Federation. It is a perfect moment to instil the passion of this great discipline in the next generations. It is also a time of strengthening the relations built up over 10 years of the "Creator's Game" existence in Poland.
Our mission is to organise the best and most professional tournament in the history of European sporting events. We want the players to feel comfortable and free - so that their full attention is focused solely on the field performance. We will do everything so that the coaching staffs, physiotherapists and people supporting the players can easily perform their duties, because only in this way the teams will perform at full capacity. Of course, the fans have their role in creating a fantastic atmosphere of this event - we will do our best to make them not only feel good, but also to experience the great Polish hospitality, diversity and openness of the city of Wrocław, as well as the professionalism of international sports competitions.
In July 2021 all roads lead to Wrocław!
Wrocław is a city bustling with life at any time of day or night, full of students, dwarves and bridges. Situated on the Oder River and intersected by its branches and canals, it boasts more than a hundred bridges and footbridges that make a visit to Wrocław memorable forever.
Geographically, it lies on the Silesian Lowlands in Central Europe, about 400 km from the Baltic Sea to the south and 40 km from the Sudetes to the north. The capital of Lower Silesia is located almost between the three European capitals, about 350 km from Berlin, 350 km from Warsaw and 300 km from Prague. Wrocław has a population of almost 650,000, making it the fourth largest city in Poland.
The history of the city is over a thousand years old. In various periods Wrocław was part of the Kingdom of Poland, the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Habsburg Monarchy, Prussia and Germany, and its long heritage connects almost all cultures and religions that appeared in Europe. Wrocław became part of Poland again after the end of World War II in 1945 and is with us to this day. More importantly, it has become a strong cultural, educational and industrial centre of the country.
For many years Wrocław has not been an anonymous city for the world. In 1989, 1995 and 2019 Wrocław hosted the European Youth Meeting of the Taizé Community and the Eucharistic Congress in 1997. It was one of the cities organising the European Football Championship in 2012. In 2016, the city held the title of European Capital of Culture and World Book Capital City. Also this year Wrocław hosted the Theatre Olympics, World Bridge Games and European Film Awards. In 2017 Wrocław became the host of the annual IFLA conference and The World Games, during which one could watch, among others, women's lacrosse. In 2019, Wrocław was named the UNESCO City of Literature. And in 2021, it will get full attention of the entire lacrosse world during the European Lacrosse Championships.
As foreigners popularly call it, "Wroclove" is one of the largest university cities in Poland, with nearly 130,000 students studying here at several universities, which means Wrocław never falls asleep. The University of Wrocław has educated 9 Nobel Prize winners within its walls, which proves the high quality of teaching. Thanks to this fact, Wrocław enjoys great interest and is willingly chosen by young people from all over the world who go for semestral or longer student exchanges.
The symbol of Wrocław are dwarves. There are already over 500 figurines depicting these gnomes in the whole city. Usually small, about 30-40 cm high, cast bronze statues can be found in almost every corner of the city. They stand on sidewalks, window sills of tenement houses, they come out from under the ground and even hang on lanterns - you have to be observant to spot them all. That is why a walk along the dwarves' trail has become a nice way of visiting Wrocław and not only the touristic part of it.
Bustling with life, Wrocław offers visitors a whole range of attractions: from the centre with its historic market square and 13th-century Old Town Hall, through medieval sacral buildings on Ostrów Tumski (eng. “Catherdal Island”) with the gothic St. John's Cathedral towering over everything, to one of the first reinforced ferroconcrete structures of the 20th century, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006 - the Centennial Hall, where one of the largest multimedia fountains in Europe is also located. Delving into the narrow streets surrounding the market square you can drink coffee and eat delicious, inexpensive food in one of the several hundred atmospheric restaurants or bars. If you want to dance and get crazy, you can easily go to the partying part of the city or go down to one of the pubs where you can spend unforgettable moments with live music.
Wrocław is also a city of a thousand sports opportunities. You can watch the matches of WKS Śląsk Wrocław playing in the highest football class in Poland, under the same name also the men's basketball section is fighting for the eighteenth national champion title. You can also support handball players, basketball players, rugby players, korfball players, volleyball players and ultimate frisbee players. The Wroclaw Olympic Stadium is dominated by speedway - apart from league matches involving Sparta Wroclaw, there are also FIM Speedway Grand Prix competitions and American football matches. Wrocław is also home to 7-time Polish lacrosse champion Kosynierzy Wrocław, whose players will be seen in the Polish national team at the European Lacrosse Championships from 23 July.
Wrocław is a meeting place, a city that will be difficult to forget. Come and taste the sporting excitement during the European Lacrosse Championships matches. Relax in the shade of old tenement houses in the city centre, have some handmade ice cream on one of the boulevards on the Oder River or have a cup of coffee in one of the charming cafés... Wrocław is worth experiencing, see for yourself.
When you ask a random tourist about Poland, you will hear about beautiful cities, nature, pierogi, vodka, over a thousand years of history, communist government, Pope John Paul II, Robert Lewandowski and Euro 2012. You will learn that this is a nation of hard-working people who have survived decades of difficult times to become one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and the world.
The Republic of Poland is located in the heart of Central Europe. It borders seven countries: Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany. The northern border runs along the Baltic Sea coast. In terms of area, it is the 9th country in Europe, occupying more than 312,000 km2. It is currently inhabited by 38,413 million people.
The beginnings of the Polish state date back to the 10th century - then ruler Mieszko I was baptised. Throughout the following centuries rulers and dynasties changed many times, wars rolled through the country, and after all in 1795 the Polish state disappeared from the maps for 123 years, dismantled by neighbouring countries. At the end of World War I, Poland regained its independence, and after 1945 it gained its borders, which it still holds today. Since 2004, it has been a member of the European Union and is a member of the Schengen Area. The official currency is the Polish zloty (PLN), and the area code is +48. The capital and, at the same time, the largest city of the country is Warsaw, situated on the Vistula River, with the Palace of Culture towering over it, from whose viewing terraces you can admire the panorama of the city.
It can be said that Poland is a relatively cheap country – food, public transport and accommodation are cheaper than in Western European countries. On the other hand, restaurants serve pizza with ketchup, which is not so popular elsewhere in the world. In Poland cars under the FIAT brand licence were produced – the most popular of them became the Fiat 126p – commonly called “Maluch” – which stole even Tom Hanks' heart and he has one of them in his car collection.
Rzeczpospolita boasts a wide range of attractions both in the form of beautiful cities and corners full of wild nature. Coming to this part of the world it is necessary to visit Cracow - one of the oldest Polish cities, where you can meet the Wawel Dragon, visit the Castle and the Old Town. Cracow is located in the shadow of the Tatra Mountains - the highest mountain range in Poland. Its highest peak is Rysy (2503 m), and coming down from the mountains it is worth staying in Zakopane for a while. It is a charming town always full of tourists, where you can meet highlanders and eat oscypek - traditional Polish salty smoked cheese.
If someone prefers water, there is also something for everyone in the Vistula country. The Baltic coast is full of resorts, which are vibrant with life every summer. It's worth visiting Sopot and walking on the over half a kilometre long pier. Nearby there is also Gdańsk – an old port city famous for its amber, the beginning of the Solidarity movement and beautiful Długi Targ . Poland is also famous for Masuria - an area full of lakes, lagoons and canals. You can sail or kayak there and explore the beauty of the wildlife in the company of skittish animals.
Everyone loves Polish culture, everyone loves the complicated language, everyone loves food and history from across the Vistula, but when we ask ourselves if what we actually know about Poland and Poles is true - we may have different answers. It is best to check it out on your own! Come and feel the spirit of Poland. It is worth it!
Are you intrigued by the Polish Slavic culture? Will you like the complicated, rustling Polish language? Will you enjoy Polish dumplings and other specialties of Polish cuisine? Will you be fascinated by the history of the Vistula River country? Check it out on your own! Come and feel the spirit of Poland. You won't regret it!
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