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Sports for all: Makiivka opens a gym for people with special needs

23 December 2013

With the support of Metinvest Group's Yenakiieve Iron & Steel Works, a gym for people with special needs was opened in Makiivka. In terms of the sports equipment, experienced coaches, care and attention – the organizers tried to do everything to prove that a healthy lifestyle is possible for everyone.

This is another project that is part of Metinvest Group's "We Improve the City" competition. Makiivka city's "Nika Plus" Association for People with Special Needs purchased a wall-mounted ladder, four large exercise machines, a ping-pong table, pulley weights, dynamometers and balls, and organized a gym on the premises of the Chervonogvardeiskaya "Optimist" District Organization for People with Special Needs.

 The organizers are sure that thanks to this initiative, visitors will feel needed, strong and important. Furthermore, there have been cases when retired people who exercised on such machines were able to rehabilitate after cerebrovascular accidents, myocardial infarctions and other illnesses.

 "I recently had a stroke and therefore I cannot try all exercise machines, though I really want to. I will start with walking, and then I will gradually increase the load," said Svetlana Vereschagina of her future plans; she is a participant of the Makiivka City "Nadezhda" Society for the Disabled. "Disabled people, children and the elderly can go to the gym. We are open to anyone who wants."

 "Here I can exercise on power and cycling machines, a fitness ball; I lift dumbbells and I can shoot a pneumatic rifle," said Nataliya Sitnikova, Sports Committee Chairperson of the Makiivka City "Nika Plus" Organization for People with Special Needs and a multiple champion in intellectual sports at different levels. "What does it give me? First of all, one's muscles become stronger, secondly when one plays checkers the head works and thirdly, I acquired very many friends.

 Project participants wholeheartedly thanked Metinvest Group and personally Yenakiieve Iron & Steel Works General Director Aleksandr Podkorytov for the assistance.

 Yenakiieve Iron & Steel Works traditionally supports health care, education and sports in Makiivka and realizes city residents' initiatives through its "We Improve the City" social project competition. In 2013, Yenakiieve Iron & Steel Works channelled UAH 2 million into Makiivka's health care, including the refurbishment of the Pulmonary Department of City Hospital #2, including the replacement of windows and doors, organisation of a salt room, and financial aid to the Maryinsk Veterans Hospital.

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Yenakiieve Iron & Steel Works is one of the world’s leaders in square billet production. It produces cast billet, rod, and various sections (beams, channels, angles, etc.).

METINVEST GROUP is a vertically integrated steel and mining group of companies that manages every link of the value chain, from mining and processing iron ore and coal to making and selling semi-finished and finished steel products. It comprises steel and mining production facilities located in Ukraine, Europe and the US, as well as a sales network covering all key global markets. The Group is structured into two operating divisions, Metallurgical and Mining, and its strategic vision is to become the leading vertically integrated steel producer in Europe, delivering sustainable growth and profitability resilient to business cycles and providing investors with returns above the industry benchmarks. For 9 months ended 30 September 2013, the Group reported revenues of US$9.8 billion and an EBITDA margin of 18%.

 The major shareholders of METINVEST B.V. (the holding company of Metinvest Group) are SCM Group (71.25%) and SMART Group (23.75%), which partner in the Company’s management.

 METINVEST HOLDING LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.