The beginnings of the NPC Slovenia are closely linked to the sports activities of war veterans with disabilities. The Federation of War Veterans with Disabilities (ZVVI) set up a sports committee, which started to manage in an organised way sports for all people with disability and later also competitive forms of sports.
At first only for members of the ZVVI, the activities were gradually spread to other persons with disabilities and to their newly emerging organisations. As far back as 1952, the first republic-wide skiing championship was held, followed in 1954 by republic-wide competitions in 9-pins bowling, table tennis, chess and shooting, with the participation of around 200 persons with disabilities. Alongside bocce, these sports make up the core of the most popular sports developed among persons with disabilities in Slovenia. Slovenian sports persons also competed successfully in nationwide competitions within the then Sports Federation for the Disabled of Yugoslavia.
From these beginnings in the disabled war veterans committee, the NPC Slovenia went through many stages of development. While the beginning was dominated by sports of an exclusively recreational nature, during the course of its development, competitive and later also top level sports for persons with disabilities started to predominate. The present organisation of the NPC Slovenia has its roots in the 1990’s, when 10 national disabled organisations decided to set up the new NPC. So out of a federation of disabled sports societies, the NPC Slovenia became a federation of national disabled associations. It was entrusted with the implementation of sports activities on the national level, and with all matters relating to scouting, preparing and placing in competition the best Slovenian sports persons with disabilities at official international competitions such as the European and world championships, the world games and the Paralympic Games. The current membership of the NPC Slovenia comprises the following national disabled organisations:
FEDERATION OF THE BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED ASSOCIATIONS OF SLOVENIA
THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CLUB ASSOCIATIONS OF SLOVENIA
UNION OF THE PARAPLEGICS OF SLOVENIA
FEDERATION OF THE DISABLED WORKERS ASSOCIATIONS OF SLOVENIA
SONČEK – CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA
SOŽITJE – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HELP TO PEARSONS WITH INTELECTUAL DISABILITY OF SLOVENIA
MUSCULAR DYSTHROPHY ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA
FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES OF CIVILIAN PERSONS DISABLED FROM WAR OF SLOVENIA
SLOVENIAN ASSOCIATION OF DISABLED STUDENTS
FEDERATION OF DISABLED WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATIONS OF SLOVENIA
SLOVENIAN OSTOMY ASSOCIATION ILCO
LARYNGECTOMEES ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA
ANKYLOSING SPONDILITIS ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA
SLOVENIAN PARALYTICS ASSOCIATION
In this way the NPC Slovenia now manages or enables the holding of around 30 national championships an up to 20 programmes for Slovenian sports persons with disabilities to compete in international championships.
The system of state championships sees the participation annually of more than 1,100 competitors, with around 130 competitors taking part each year in different international championships. The NPC Slovenia is a member of 17 international federations for sports for the disabled on the European and world level. These include the main umbrella organisation for the majority of sports for the disabled – the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The NPC Slovenia is a member of the Slovenian Olympic Committee -Association of Sports Federations