Sports in the Area of Škofja Loka
In the area of Škofja Loka, sports have a rich and diverse history and tradition, representing an important part of our past, which has a great impact on the present too. The sports collection presents the oldest mentions of sport in the area, its beginnings, sports societies and associations, sports infrastructure, traditional sporting events and top athletes and Olympians from Škofja Loka and the surrounding area.
For curious minds:
- Sister Angela Bahovec was one of the most forward-looking sports teachers of her time. She made sure to extend her sports knowledge through professional education and training, some of which took place abroad. During her visit to England, she became acquainted with basketball and after returning to Škofja Loka, she familiarised the students of the Ursuline School at the Škofja Loka Castle with it too. From 1936 onwards, the students would play basketball in the castle garden. Although they referred to the game with the English term "basketball", what they played was actually a version of the game called "netball" ("korbball"). The whole class, i.e. between 16 and 17 girls, participated in the game. The girls attempted to shoot a ball through a basket that was attached to a pole. As there was no hole on the underside of the basket, the ball had to be taken out after each score. It is interesting to note that the girls, who were divided into teams of eight or nine, had a "goalkeeper" under the basket. The court was not marked.
- One of the first sports clubs to be founded in this area was an alpine club. Over several decades of the club's existence, nature and mountains lovers laid the foundations of a society that was very diverse and had a lot of young members. As for gymnastics-related activities, it was the Sokol and Orek Gymnastic Societies that provided the training in this field up until World War II. After World War II, there was a noticeable boom in sports in the area of Škofja Loka, especially in terms of the establishment of new clubs and societies, the introduction of new kinds of sports and the people's mass participation in recreational and sports activities. At the time, the very first Olympians started their athletic and Olympic journeys too.