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What was this research project all about, why was it needed and how to take part?
Presentation by Stefan Kolimechkov, PhD Candidate
June 2015 | London, UK

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Open Letter
by Stefan Kolimechkov, PhD Candidate

at the National Sports Academy, Sofia

Dear colleagues, parents and children,

The purpose of Physical Education and Sports is to ensure comprehensive and harmonious development of children. I have spent the last seven years in coaching children of all ages and abilities. In 2011, I graduated with a B.A. degree in Sports Science, with a professional qualification as an artistic gymnastics coach, from the Bulgarian Sports Academy, Sofia. The following year I obtained an M.A. degree in Physical Education from the same University. Then, I moved to London and started coaching at the Elite Gymnastics Academy. I am a full member of the Association for Physical Education (afPE), gold member of British Gymnastics and Sports Coach UK, as well as a registered exercise professional at the REPs (UK) and EREPS (EU). I have a full DBS clearance for children and I have been assisting Physical Education lessons at St Edmund's Primary School in London since January 2015.

My goal is to contribute to the physical development of the younger generation, as well as to promote physical activity for life. Thus, I wish to achieve and maintain high standards of teaching and safe practice in all aspects of PE and Sports. Therefore, I am pursuing a doctorate at the National Sports Academy - Sofia. My research concerns the nutrition and physical development of primary school children, building upon all of the work I have done before.

I would like to invite you to take part in this research, as I am positive that we can all learn from it. Existing evidence suggests that physical fitness is an excellent indicator of the health of children and is a predictor of health in later life. Moreover, it is essential to have an adequate assessment of the energy consumption, as well as the diet of children, in order to guide their proper and harmonious physical development and successful participation in sports activities. Furthermore, measuring, assessing and monitoring of physical development and nutrition should be considered a public health priority.

The study is concentrated on 5-11-year-old children (artistic gymnasts and non-gymnasts). Many children from Bulgaria and the United Kingdom have already taken part. I would like you to know that the procedure for assessing is very straightforward and time efficient. The children’ parents will be asked to fill in a Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ), which is especially adapted for children, and was used in other studies. Later, when the results from the FFQ are obtained, the children’ level of physical fitness will be tested at your gymnastics centre or school. The tests include measuring height, weight, arm and waist circumferences, triceps and subscapular skinfolds, handgrip strength, standing long jump, 4x10m shuttle run test and 20m shuttle run test. All of this information will be kept confidential and only the average data will be used in my studies. Should you decide to take part or require more information, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Stefan Kolimechkov, PhD Candidate |


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