Nova Gorica, 14 November 2018 _ The SIJ Group, the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations, and the municipality Nova Gorica unveiled the Panovec sports ground on 14 November 2018 at a ceremony near Panovec, on the outskirts of Nova Gorica. The sports ground boasts an outdoor gym donated by the Slovenian Steel Group.

The Panovec Forest is a natural monument and one of the few forests in Slovenia to be located in the direct vicinity of a city. Its entry point is an important recreational area, where numerous sports enthusiasts from both sides of the border begin their daily active retreats. A well organised entry point with modern urban exercise equipment will enable the relaxation in this beautiful and green part of the city to be even more pleasant.

“The SIJ Group has donated outdoor gyms to six Slovenian towns already, with an additional five being planned, which is a part of the Group’s efforts to support the development of sports and recreation for all. It is our wish that people would, through their direct contact with steel, realise how important this material is in our daily lives, including sports equipment and infrastructure. Using this steel outdoor gym will be a challenge for many, it will push their abilities and have them discover if they are truly made of steel. The path to a goal is never easy. Success in any field – sports, business – requires us to be made of steel to persist and put in a greater effort every day. Being made of steel has always been part of the SIJ Group’s DNA, and this project, together with the encouragement to work out in outdoor gyms, seeks to expand this mentality to local communities across Slovenia,”  mag. Sara Wagner, Head of Corporate Communications for the SIJ Group, told regarding the project’s mission to equip Slovenian local communities with steel sports infrastructure.

The ceremony saw the mayor of the municipality Nova Gorica Matej Arčon, the President of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations Bogdan Gabrovec, and Sara Wagner of the SIJ Group wish the users of the training area that it would serve its purpose well. The festivities were accompanied by the young athletes of the Nova Gorica gymnastics society and the sports club Twist Nova Gorica, who demonstrated the use of the outdoor gym.

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The SIJ Group is proud to present the project MADE OF STEEL, in which the Group hopes to be joined by partners, ambassadors, and employees in using different activities and events to spread the message that achieving outstanding results in various fields takes will of steel.


The SIJ Group is the largest Slovenian vertically integrated metallurgical group, whose products occupy leading positions on the European and global niche steel markets. The Group consists of two core business areas – metallurgy (core business) and poultry division (Perutnina Ptuj Group). According to the first unaudited business results for the first half of 2018, the metallurgical and food processing areas generated sales revenues of EUR 557.8 million, an operating profit (EBITDA) of EUR 57.4 million.

Additional information:
SIJ – Slovenska industrija jekla, d.d.
mag. Sara Wagner, Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +386 1 242 98 27
Mobile: +386 41 313 532
E-mail: sara.wagner@sij.si