Bogdanka has signed a letter of intent to purchase shares in Górnik Łęczna S.A.
On Wednesday, 5 April 2023, Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. and the GKS Górnik Łęczna Association signed a letter of intent regarding cooperation to strengthen the potential of the Górnik Łęczna Sports Club, one of whose main goals will be to achieve further sporting success.
The signing ceremony was held at the club's headquarters on Wednesday, 5 April 2023, just before Górnik Łęczna's historic match against Raków Częstochowa in the Polish Cup semifinals. The signatories of the letter decided that they would take action to bring about the purchase by Lubelski Węgiel "Bogdanka" SA of 100% of Górnik Łęczna’s assets owned by the GKS "Górnik" Łęczna Association.
Sponsorship of Górnik Łęczna is a long-term project for us and has been one of the most important elements of Bogdanka's sponsorship strategy for many years. Let me remind you that the mine has been inextricably linked with the Górnik team since its inception, that is, since 1979. The letter of intent signed today will give the Company more opportunities in the future to develop Górnik's modern sports infrastructure, which will be available to everyone.
said Kasjan Wyligała, President of the LW Bogdanka Management Board.
We also want to develop youth sports. We see a lot of potential in Górnik's academy. It is the only football academy in the Lubelskie Voivodeship that has the Golden Certificate of the Polish Football Association (PZPN). These activities should ultimately also translate into raising the sports level of the team. We equally strongly support the GKS Górnik Łęczna Association, which includes tennis and MMA sections, as well as the women's football team, which is successful not only in Poland, but also strongly marks its presence in international arenas. Today’s act is a very important step for Bogdanka and the entire sports mining family. Bogdanka wants to be a driving force for the entire Lublin region also as a responsible, stable and strong sponsor.
added Kasjan Wyligała.
According to the provisions of the document, the parties are guided by concern for the development of the region and, taking into account the parties' previous involvement in activities in the field of promotion and development of sports, cooperation was declared to strengthen the potential of GKS Górnik Łęczna and Górnik Łęczna SA aimed at achieving further sports successes.
For us, the most important goal is to continue to develop the first women's team of the GKS Górnik Łęczna Association, which has had many successes at the national and international level. Although, of course, we are not forgetting our MMA and tennis sections. Bogdanka has been a recognized patron of sports in the Lublin region for years. The Company is with us for better or worse. The support of such a company gives a sense of security and a guarantee of stable development. The hardest part was making the decision, the rest of the steps ahead are just a matter of perseverance. Today's decision is another important step for the future of sports in Łęczna.
Dawid Osowski, President of the Management Board of the GKS "Górnik" Łęczna Association, said.
This event is a clear sign for Górnik Łęczna that Bogdanka wants to tie in even more strongly with the club. This is also an important declaration that makes specific demands on the club's management. I want to leverage my extensive professional experience so as to properly carry out the process related to the integration of the club with Bogdanka. I would also like to see new sponsors at the club. I hope that, in the end, all these activities will translate into even better sports results for the Green-Blacks.
said Adam Laskowski, president of Górnik Łęczna.
Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka is one of the largest patrons of sports in the Lublin region. Within the framework of sports sponsorship, the Company is involved in professional and amateur sports. Bogdanka maintains selected sports traditions of the region, supporting the development of young sports talents and developing the physical fitness of children and young people. The Company is a sponsor of, among others, footballers of Górnik Łęczna, speedway riders of Motor Lublin, boxers of MGKS Gwarek Łęczna, volleyballers of LUK Lublin, Avia Świdnik, ChKS Arka Chełm, as well as basketballers of Polski Cukier AZS UMCS Lublin and handballers of Padwa Zamość. In 2022, Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka's sponsorship support went to more than 1,500 athletes from the Lublin region.
Górnik Łęczna was founded in 1979 and is the most successful football club in the Lubelskie Voivodeship. Between 2003 and 2022, the men's team played at the highest competition level eight times, while the women's section won the Polish Championship title three times and is a multiple medalist in the Polish Cup competitions. The club provides training for children and young people in various sports - football, badminton and running. The football nursery of Górnik Łęczna was the first in the region to receive a Golden Certificate of the Polish Football Association and is one of the best of its kind in the Lublin region. Górnik Łęczna plays an important role in fostering physical culture in the local community. In addition, it fulfills a number of other functions, such as the integration of the residents of the county of Łęczna, the promotion of the region and the organization of various forms of sports competition.
Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. is a leading hard coal producer in Poland that stands apart from its peers in terms of its modern and efficient mining. It is one of the largest Polish hard coal mines. Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. chiefly conducts mining operations in terms of hard coal extraction, enrichment and sales. It supplies this raw material mainly to industrial offtakers. Supply contracts are long-term, and the product is sold to the commercial power sector and the industrial power sector.
The company has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since June of 2009. In August 2022, Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. returned to listing on the WIG-ESG Index.
Since October of 2015 Bogdanka has been a member of the Enea Group, the second largest player on Poland’s electrical power market in terms of the generation of electricity, which manages the entire value chain on the electricity market ranging from fuel to the generation of electricity, distribution, sales (supply) and customer service.