Coaching at the Levski Gymnastics Club
Levski Gymnastics Club
I worked as a gymnastics coach at the Levski Gymnastic Club from 2008 until 2012. Levski GC is one of the biggest clubs for the sport of gymnastics in Bulgaria. The club is also a member and part of Levski Sports Club, which is the oldest sports organisation in the country. Levski Gymnastics has had many great gymnasts, one of whom was the Olympic champion on Pommel horse in Seul 1988 - Lyubomir Geraskov.
Levski Gymnastics Club has a very special place in my coaching and sports careers. I joined Levski GC as a gymnast at the end of 2002, and in 2007 I started working as an assistant coach at this club. The same year I was also accepted to start a Bachelor's degree in Sports at the top university in sports science and physical education in Bulgaria (The National Sports Academy in Sofia). In 2008, the club started from scratch due to some problems within the management, and needed new coaches, therefore I was given the position of an artistic gymnastics coach. The sports director of the newly formed "Levski Spartak" 08, Sofia Gymnastics Club was Mrs. Stanka Pavlova (Honorary Coach of Bulgaria) and the president was Mr. Nikola Prodanov (who was also the President of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation). They gave me the opportunity to have my own groups of children to teach, and to develop as a coach. Thus, my official coaching career started here with my first job. Later on, I became the head coach in the male section of Levski Spartak 08 GC.
With the following video below, I would like to introduce you to some of our greatest events in my coaching career up to the year of 2012.
This Is Our 5-Year Journey in 11 Moments
My Very First Gymnastics Group
30 May 2008
The First Split
We Are Growing Strong!
at the end of the year, more and more childrne are involved.
31 October 2008
Photo of The First Boys Squad
who represented the club in competitions.
10 April 2009
Getting Professional ...
building great qualities (flexibility, agility, strength, speed, etc.).
30 December 2009
The First Certificate
awarded by the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation
27 March 2010
Photo For Our First Calendar
and New T-shirts for the Blue Boys from Sofia.
Lots of Games & Lots of Fun
Taking part in the
International Gymnastics Tournament - L. Solachki.
19-20 November 2011
Not everyone can get the gold medal,
but everyone can be a winner!
22 April 2012
21 December 2012
In this period between 2008 and 2012, my gymnasts and I participated in many sports events and gymnastics competitions all over Bulgaria. Perhaps one of the most important contributions was my scientific study (which was part of my Master's dissertation) entitled 'Nutrition Assessment of Pre-school and Young School Children Practising Artistic Gymnastics', which had a positive impact on how and what children eat. Other contributions included the participation of our boys gymnastics team at national level competitions, as well as the creation of the first gymnastics blog in Bulgaria about artistic gymnastics training for children, back in 2010. Futhermore, I organised 2 big gymnastics events (Annual Gymnastics Show in 2011 and 2012), which aimed to popularise physical activity and healthy living amongst children. Video and photos of those events can be found here on STK SPORT by clicking on the relevant blue buttons below.
At the end of 2012, I was given an award by Levski GC for my contribution to the club. The award was presented by Mr Nikola Prodanov (president of Levski GC & ex-president of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation) and Mrs Stanka Pavlova (honorary coach of Bulgaria & Sports Director of Levski GC) during the annual Christmas Show. They whished me the very best of luck in the United Kingdom and told me that I should never forget the place I grew up, and that is exactly this great club Levski Spartak 08 Sofia. In conclusion, I would like to say thank you to everyone who was part of these unforgettable years.
You can see a collection of our best moments by clicking the buttons below.