My name is Jan, I'm from Warsaw, Poland, I'm 28.
I play football more or less since always. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a footballer when I grow up. My parents didn't back this idea though and they pushed me in more, let's say, intelectual direction, for which I'm actually grateful to them. As a result I play only recreationally but as often as possbile. At first I wanted to be an outfield player but I was always doing relatively good in goal.
For few years in high school I moved my engagement to skateboarding and played less but gave it up and came back to football when my friend decided to sign up a team in a 6-a-side league. Until now I played a whole lot of games in different teams in different 6/7/8-a-side leagues but for years I never really considered playing proper 11-a-side. For a year I was training with SALI goalkeeper school which has branches also in Ireland or USA but had to gave it up since it was quite costly. I later try to help out with coaching young keepers but I didn't feel that it's for me.
Last winter a friend of mine who made some FIFA coaching courses received an offer to take over a new founded team which was going to be signed up in the official Polish Football Association league. It is an interesting project - first democratic club in Poland (with kind of socios, like in Spain) promoting ideas of equality and tolerance. He proposed me to give it a try. I was planning to treat it as a side hobby but I've just resigned from my 7s league and decided to commit fully to the 11-a-side. We are currently in the lowest league - 8th tier but it's only our first season and I'm pretty sure that we'll manage to go up soon.
For a long time I used some cheapest Decathlon gloves until several years ago one of my teammates got a proper pair of Sells and I felt the difference. Since then I really got passionate about football gear and I'm really happy to be a part of this forum to learn more about gloves and goalkeeping and try to share my modest knowledge as well.
About my personal life: I graduated at the faculty of Electrical Technology and I currently work at Institute of Power Engineering in Poland and I take care of certification of high voltage equipment like transformers and so on. I also do some supervision of transformer tests around Europe (I'm in France now for instance supervising factory tests of a transformer) which I really enjoy.
I have a great wife (since about 2 years), no kids so far.
When I've got weekends free from football, I try to go out of town and spend some time in the forest looking for wild animals however weird it might sound.
All the best to y'all!