|Sport Clubs |
Planinska družina Benečije
Slovenian sport clubs in Italy
|In the history of Slovenia sport in Italy, from the foundation of the Southern Sokol until today, there have been and still are scores and scores of sport clubs.|
Some of them were temporarily or definitively suppressed by the Fascist regime (in 1927 special regulations were issued by the regime then in power, which suppressed all cultural and sport activities of our people. Subsequently, many clubs have ceased to be active due to a lack of facilities, athletes and interest in some particular disciplines.
In more than a 100 years scores of sport clubs have been founded in order to satisfy the needs of our people and to give them a chance of competing in modern sporting disciplines. The primary goal of our clubs has always been one of allowing the youth to do some kind of sport within the Slovenian environment.
A natural consequence of the deep-rooted love that our people have for nature, mountains and valleys in particular, can be seen by the fact that two of our oldest clubs are the Slovenian Alpine Association of Trieste (founded in 1904) and the Slovenian Alpine Association of Gorizia (founded in 1911).
Our clubs have always paid a great deal of attention to other European trends. Whether practising gymnastics with Sokol, cycling with Balkan, playing football with Zarja and Primorje, playing basketball, volleyball, Ping-Pong with Bor or skating or ski-rolling, our athletes have always had and still have a chance to practise many sporting disciplines and to compete in major national and international competitions. Many of them have excelled in international tournaments, European and World Championships, as well as at the Olympic Games.
Some of our clubs have also played in Italian First Division leagues: Bor women's volleyball team in 1965/66 and in 1966/67; Sokol men's Ping-Pong team in 1972/73; Kras women's Ping-Pong team have been playing in the First Division since 1972;Polet Kwins hockey in line team since 1996/97.
The credit for the organisation of these century-old sporting activities should be given to all those who have tirelessly worked for the success of our sport, of which we are very proud.