Stefan Kolimechkov BA, MA, RSci

Mr Stefan Kolimechkov - expert in physical activity

My name is Stefan Kolimechkov and I am a PhD student at the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as a Registered Scientist (RSci) in the United Kingdom. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science. My research focuses on assessing the physical fitness, physical activity and nutritional diet of children and adolescents.

I am now a 3rd year PhD student at the National Sports Academy, 'Vassil Levski' - Sofia, Bulgaria, however, I live and work in London, UK. I am a 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.

In July 2015, I was enrolled for a three-year higher education distance learning course, which leads to a PhD degree in the Physical Education Pedagogy Research Area in the following PhD programme: 'Theory and Methods of Physical Education and Sports Training, including Physiotherapy'. My current research is concerned with the nutrition and physical fitness of primary school children engaged in artistic gymnastics, and builds upon all the studies which I have carried out so far. I have been conducting this PhD research here in the United Kingdom since the beginning of 2015, with the help of my supervisors from the National Sports Academy in Sofia. The University has a global reputation for Physical Education and Sports Science studies. Training structures and programmes for obtaining a degree in Physical Education and teacher qualifications are entirely in compliance with the European standards and requirements. In 2012, I obtained a Master's degree in Physical Education from the same University, and my 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 maintained schools and non-maintained special schools in England. The award has been made by the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL). I am a Full Member of the Association for Physical Education (afPE), which is the only Physical Education subject association in the UK.

I am also a Gold Member of British Gymnastics (the UK Governing Body for the sport of Gymnastics) as well as a Level 2 British Gymnastics Coach. I am a Gold Member of Sports Coach UK (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.

I am a registered Exercise Professional. I have 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.