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Newsletter - Number 3/04: December : 2004

The committee wishes all clubs, players, fans and sports supporters in G.B. most sincere wishes for Christmas and a prosperous new year in 2005

In 2004 the Association organised two Polish championship tournaments in G.B; in football and table tennis.

Our organiastion has been active formally in G.B. since 1953 and the first football finals for the SPK General Anders Cup were held in 1949. The Association therefore has a rich past, but after the passing of over fifty years has experienced a declining level of participation.

However it has been observed that newly arrived sportsmen from Poland are joining sporting activities. The Committee sincerely welcomes all these new arrivals and offers them its services.The ZPKS Association is run purely on charitable lines and gleans funds from donations offered by generous benefactors and from the symbolic membership fees for associated clubs and individuals.

In 2005 we plan again to run both the football and table tennis championships and we would like to rekindle the volleyball tournament, which was stopped due to the lack of interested teams. ZPKS is also ready to help the developmnet of new sports tournaments both for teams and individuals if such a requirement is identified amongst Poles living in G.B.

The Committee therefore appeals to all individuals and clubs that are interested in developing sporting activities to contact the Association’s secretary by telephone, letter or email.

1. The SPK General Anders Cup 2004

The results of the tournament, held at the Polish Association pitches in Stoke Poges, Slough on Sunday 30 May 2004 were published in „Dziennik Polski” in June.

K.S. Varsovia I (South London) defended the title of champion of Polish football in GB, winning the SPK General Wladyslaw Anders Cup. Varsovia, beat K.S. Blyskawica I (Swindon) 2:1 in a very fair and even match. The runners-up received the General Kazimierz Glabisz Cup.

The Plate Final was won by local team K.S. Gryf (Slough) who beat newcomers Vistula I (East Londyn) 3:2 on penalties after an evenly fought match that finished in a 1:1 draw.

The victorious teams received trophies and medals funded by ZPKS. The tournament referees also received commemorative shields. After the presentations ZPKS Chairman, Richard Slusarenko, thanked everyone for their participation and specifically Mr. Edward Jasnikowski, the Chairman of the Polish Association in Slough, for allowing the use of the pitches and facilities. He also extended his thanks to the ladies of the Association who had prepared a very tasty BBQ during the event.

Detailed results available on the Web – www.zpks.co.uk.

2. G.B. Polish Table Tennis Championships 2004

The tournament was held on 26 September 2004 at the Guinness Table Tennis Club in Park Royal, London. This is the first time in many years that it has moved from Birmingham and resulted in a marked increase in participation.

We list the first three places in all categories contested:

Singles Seniors (55 yr +) 1. Jozef Lasek – Polonia Coventry
2. Edward Holweger – Wawel Reading
3. Ryszard Kacperczyk – Wawel Reading
Juniors (to 18 yr) 1. Tomek Kaminski – Guinness TTC
2. Stefan Kaminski - Guinness TTC
3. Tomek Kaptur – Guinness TTC
Singles (to 54 yr) 1. B. Bilski – Guinness TTC
2. M. Pijanowski – Guinness TTC
3. Franek Lasek – Polonia Coventry
Singles Open 1. M. Pijanowski – Guinness TTC
2. B. Bilski – Guinness TTC
3. Franek Lasek – Polonia Coventry
Doubles Open 1. M. Pijanowski / B.Bilski
2. F.Lasek / W.Mielnik
3. J.Werner / D.Baszkiewicz

Detailed results will be available on the Web – www.zpks.co.uk.

3. XII World Polonia Sports Games – Warsaw – 6 to 14 August 2005

Just a few days ago we receieved some information regarding this multi-sport event that is being hosted by Warsaw this year.

The Organisational Centre for these Games (accreditation, residence, etc.) is the campus of the Main School of Rural Studies in Warsaw in the Ursynow district, lying on Nowoursynowska Road. This is a multi-discipline event that includes team sports such as football and volleyball and various individual events from athletics to fishing.

Participation in these Games is specifically aimed at Poles and persons of Polish descent who are permanently resident in G.B. Further information will be communicated as it becomes available. The ZPKS Association, as in previous Games held in Sopot 2001 and Poznan 2003, will help in co-ordinating and organising the squad of competitors from G.B.

T.K.Stenzel, Secretary Z.P.K.S.

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