Stefan Kolimechkov PhD
I am Dr Stefan Kolimechkov and my research focuses on assessing the physical fitness, physical activity and nutritional diet of children and adolescents. I obtained my PhD degree in 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, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science.
In 2011 I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Sports Science and Physical Education from the National Sports Academy, 'Vassil Levski' - Sofia, Bulgaria, and in 2012 I completed my Master's degree in Physical Education from the same University. In 2013 I moved to live and work in the United Kingdom. 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.
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 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 all the studies which I had carried out. The last two years were extremely successful for me in terms of academic achievements, and I am delighted to mention that I presented some of our studies at international scientific conferences in physical education and sports science, such as the BASES Conference 2017 in Nottingham, 12th FIEP European Congress 2017 in Luxembourg, and the International Congress of Applied Sports Sciences 2017 in Sofia. 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 European College of Sport Science (ECSS-ID: 26528), student member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES, #107218) and I have been awarded the status of Registered Scientist (RSci) #BAS/131/000001 by the Science Council and its professional body BASES.
I am also a Gold Member of British Gymnastics (the UK Governing Body for the sport of Gymnastics), Level 2 British Gymnastics Coach, and a UK Coaching Gold Member (the National Coaching Foundation in the United Kingdom). I have been working in London, UK, as a gymnastics coach at the 'Elite Gymnastics Academy' CIC, since January 2013, as well as assisting Physical Education lessons at St Edmund's Primary School since January 2015.
In addition to that, I am a member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), and a registered Exercise Professional. I have also met the criteria and standards of the EuropeActive, and have been admitted to the European Register (EREPS) with the status of Level 6 Personal Trainer, Advanced Health and Exercise Specialist. I have also been given the status of Level 2 Gym and Level 3 Personal Trainer by the Register of Exercise Professionals in the United Kingdom (REPs UK) after meeting the industry standards. I am currently a full member of both EREPS and REPs UK.