Dr Stefan Kolimechkov, RSci
Education: PhD in Pedagogy of Physical Education
Born in: Bulgaria
Lives in: London, United Kingdom
Occupation: Personal Trainer / Gymnastics Coach
STK SPORT is the trading name of my business as a self-employed, which has been registered in the United Kingdom since 2013.
My research focuses on assessing health-related physical fitness. I obtained my PhD degree in Pedagogy of Physical Education from the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the National Sports Academy, Bulgaria in 2018. I am also a Registered Scientist (RSci) in the United Kingdom, Honorary Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Public Health Studies (ISSN 2668-1056/ISSN-L 2668-1056), and a member of the International Scientific Editorial Board of Kinesiologia Slovenica.
I provide a range of services in London, mainly specialising in teaching gymnastics and yoga, and I am involved in different scientific projects as an independent registered scientist. In the following video I outlined one of the best moments from my PhD journey.
In 2011 I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Sports Science and Physical Education from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and in 2012 I completed my Master's degree in Physical Education from the same University.
In 2013 I moved to London, United Kingdom, which was one of my biggest dreams, and I have lived here since then. My teaching qualification is considered comparable to British Master's degree standard by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC). Moreover, I hold a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the purpose of teaching in schools in England, and this award was made by the National College for Teaching & Leadership in 2014, which is now replaced by Department for Education and Teaching Regulation Agency.
In 2015, I was enrolled for a three-year higher education distance learning course at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria, which led to a PhD degree in Pedagogy of Physical Education. I conducted my PhD research here in the United Kingdom with the help of my supervisors from the University in Bulgaria. My dissertation was concerned with the nutrition and physical fitness of primary school children engaged in artistic gymnastics, and built upon the studies which I had already carried out. From 2015 to 2018 I was also assisting Physical Education lessons at St Edmund's Primary School in London. I presented some of our studies at international scientific conferences in physical education, and sport and exercise sciences, including: the top one in the United Kingdom (the BASES Conference in Nottingham 2017, and in Harrogate 2018); the biggest and oldest one in Physical Education (the FIEP Congress in Luxembourg 2017, and in Istanbul 2018); and the biggest in Bulgaria (International Congress of Applied Sports Sciences in Sofia 2017).
In 2018, at the age of 30, I was officially admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. I am currently a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ID # 862559), the European College of Sport Science (ECSS-ID: 26528), the Royal Society of Biology (RSB #P0134728), and I have been awarded the status of Registered Scientist (RSci) #SBX/229/92560 by the Science Council and its professional body, Royal Society of Biology.
In 2020, I accomplished one of my lifetime goals, which was the obtaining of my British citizenship. In the last few years, I presented research at one of the biggest scientific conferences in sports science in the world, including the Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS Congress) in Prague 2019, and at their virtual anniversary congress 2020.
I am a member of British Gymnastics (the UK Governing Body for the sport of Gymnastics), and a Level 3 British Gymnastics Coach. I hold the Chartered Activity and Health Practitioner status, awarded by CIMSPA (the professional body for the sport and physical activity sector in the UK) after meeting the professional standards and passing a VIVA examination. I also met the criteria and standards of EuropeActive, and, therefore, I was admitted to the European Register (EREPS), and I am currently holding the status of Level 6 Personal Trainer, Advanced Health and Exercise Specialist.