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.

In 2012, I obtained a Master's degree in Physical Education from the National Sports Academy, 'Vassil Levski' - Sofia, Bulgaria, 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 schools in England. The award has been made by the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL). In July 2015, I was enrolled for a three-year higher education distance learning course, which leads to a PhD degree in Physical Education. 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.

I am now a 3rd year PhD student at the National Sports Academy, Sofia, however, I live and work in London, UK. The last year was 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. 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.