Although Poland were knocked out of Euro 2008 and England failed to even get there, four years ahead of the 2012 European Championship, Anglo-Polish connections have been strengthened by kitchen supply company Amica have been crossing national boundaries to help young players develop their talents and their friendship.
Amica, which provides a comprehensive range of free-standing and built in kitchen appliances across 40 countries worldwide, is an industry leader that has goes the extra mile and supports a football-academy that underpins nine youth and feeder teams that feed into the Polish national football league.
At the end of May the company also sponsored a trip by Swindon’s Old Town United to Poland to play Amica Wronki Juniors in the 5,000-seater Amica Sports Club stadium. This was followed by some sightseeing and taking in a pro-fixture between KKS Lech Poznan and MKS Odra.
Chris Webb, United’s under-16 coach and general manager of Iceland – Amica’s largest retail customer – was a pivotal figure in helping 13 players, five senior club members, the Wiltshire FA football development officer and parents to travel to Wronki and stay in Amica’s Olympic Hotel.
“Although we would have preferred to be on the right end of a 3-0 result, playing against Amica Wronki in a venue that previously played host to a friendly match between Poland v Estonia was quite something,” said Chris Webb. “Without the support from Amica, it’s possible that none of the boys would otherwise have had the opportunity of playing in a national stadium. We’re very grateful.”