Polish footballer and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and his two business partners are planning to invest close to PLN 49m (US$13.5m) to build a new marina and related facilities in Giżycko, northeast Poland, which will be part of a larger leisure centre.

To obtain co-financing for the planned investment, the company that plans to build the centre has submitted an application to the state-run Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. The institution serves as an intermediary in the provision of funds from the European Union.

“Under the Eastern Poland programme we will receive more than PLN27m. This marks a milestone in the implementation of this great investment,” Paweł Petrusewicz, a shareholder of the project development company, told local daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

This indicates that the investment in Giżycko could be co-financed by more than 55% through funds obtained from the EU.

The project will launch in late December, early January, according to Petrusewicz. The berthing capacity of the planned marina was not disclosed.