The KGHM Zagłębie Football Academy is the natural successor to a Zagłębie youth football development programme with a rich history. Historically Zagłębie Lubin is considered a leader in developing Polish football talent, with multiple domestic youth titles to its name and regular interest, on the part of foreign clubs, with respect to its most talented youngsters.
A watershed moment for youth development in Lubin came in 2012 when the club’s authorities, working in partnership with the club’s owner, KGHM Polish Copper, made the decision to create a Football Academy which will set an example not only domestically but across the region. As a strategic project for the club the KGHM Zagłębie Football Academy aims to set the country’s youth development trends in the coming years, creating the perfect training environment and a modern training programme for young footballers.
The result of these decisions was the initiation of construction work on a modern training centre in which future generations of Polish footballers will be developed. Stable development of the coaching staff has been put in the hands of Richard Grootscholten, who was appointed Technical Director of the Academy in May 2013. The Dutchman was formerly in charge of the Sparta Rotterdam Academy and co-author of youth training programmes for the Dutch Football Association.