Pictured: James Szymik and Lukasz Lucka
Robbie and James are cycling from London to Lodz (Poland) to raise money to support the development of Rugby League in Poland.
Lukasz Lucka aged 24, is the founder and chairman of Poland Rugby League. Lukasz discovered the sport four years ago whilst searching on the internet for an activity he could introduce to the city of Lodz to keep the problematic youth off the streets.
In four years Lukasz has made great strides introducing the great game to Poland, organising and hosting an incoming tour from the Great Britain Student Pioneers and delivering coaching sessions in local schools and psychiatric hospitals. Lukasz has also established the only community Rugby League club in Poland, the Lodz Magpies.
Pictured: The Lodz Magpies in the playing kit dontated to them by St Helens.
The Magpies have trained every week since their inception, moving indoors to a local school hall in the winter when temperatures often drop below minus 20 degrees. However with only one amateur team in Poland the players have not played a game since the GB Pioneers visited in 2012.
The purpose of this bike ride is to raise enough funds to send a Poland U18s team to Czech Republic in August and allow the open age side to organise a fixture later this year.
Pictured: The Lodz Magpies during a training session.
Poland Rugby League have applied to receive official recognition from the government which will allow them to access local funding. This process has proved to be a lengthy one and we are still awaiting a decision, in the meantime any funds we can raise will support Lukasz and his team of volunteers develop the game and allow the Lodz Magpies to continue to exist.
Robbie and James depart London for Harwich (Essex) on July 22nd as they begin the gruelling 10-day trip. They then cycle through the Netherlands, across the North of Germany and into Poland to arrive in Lodz on Friday August 1st.
Day 1 - London - Harwich (Essex)
Day 2 - Hook of Holland - Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
Day 3 - Apeldoorn - Bad Laer (Germany)
Day 4 - Bad Laer - Hildesheim (Germany)
Day 5 - Hildesheim - Madgeburg (Germany)
Day 6 - Madgeburg - Berlin (Germany)
Day 7 - Berlin - Zielona Gora (Poland)
Day 8 - Zielona Goar - Leznos (Poland)
Day 9 - Leznos - Kalisz (Poland)
Day 10 - Kalisz - Lodz (Poland)
For more information on Poland Rugby League, the project or sponsorship opportunities please contact James Szymik at [email redacted]
Your support is greatly appreciated.
James and Robbie
Pictured: The Lodz Magpies during a winter indoor training session.
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