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Poland - AstroTurf pitch opening attended by FIH President and EHF Vice-President
FIH President Leandro Negre and EHF Vice-President Jorge Alcover attend the pitch opening ceremony in Gąsawa.
On 1st May 2010 little town Gąsawa has witnessed a great ceremony. New pitch has been finished and the ceremony was attended by FIH President Leandro Negre and EHF Vice-President Jorge Alcover.
Gąsawa is a small twon in Paluki region and its a very bright spot in Polish hockey map. For many years Gąsawa teams were playing on a natural grass pitch. When in 1992 first artificial turf was build in Poznań, Gąsawa authorities started dreaming about building their own pitch. In 2005 first small multisport turf has been laid next to the one of Gąsawa schools and since then every year they were able to provide one more school with multisport pitch. But the town was still waiting for full size pitch...
In November 2008 Leandro Negre has visited Poland as EHF President together with Mr Andrzej Grzelak, Polish Hockey Association President the have met with Gasawa Mayor Mr Zdzisław Kuczma. Mayor has presented the project of new turf in Together with , all three have met with state marshal where both Presidents have showed full support for project of building new hockey pitch in Gąsawa. Marshal promised his support and in the begining of 2009 there was a decision made about grant for Gąsawa up to 30% of the total costs of investment. The rest of the amount was given by Polish Ministry of Sport and in September 2009 tender has been concluded and works has started.
At the end of April 2010 pitch has been finished and on 1st May Oficial Opening Ceremony has been held. Most important guests were FIH President Leandro Negre and EHF Vice-President Jorge Alcover. Ceremomny was attended by more than 1000 people who witnessed official part and also friendly game of Polish National Team against local club LKS Gąsawa - supported by players that originated their carreers in Gąsawa.

The project was realized by interfloortech GmbH and their Polish partner TAMEX SA.