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The Sports Department at Sofia University was founded in 1949. Initially its staff numbered 5 instructors who trained students in athletics, gymnastics and swimming. Thirty years later, in 1979, the Department already had a staff of 25 outstanding trainers and sportsmen. Sports programme has considerably broadened and has been enriched with a new variety of training fields (basketball, volleyball, tennis, fencing), as well as several popular sports (football, judo and skiing). As a result of the new tendencies in sport, the interest shown by the students, and the increasing enrollment of students, new disciplines were introduced, such as: aerobics, callanetics, body-building, sailing, tourism, sport climbing, table tennis, jogging, ballroom dancing, rowing, arching etc.

As early as 1963 regular sessions of kinesitherapy were introduced for all students with health problems, and later, in 1984, the Centre of Kinesitherapy was set up to promote special therapeutic programmes using the methods of physiotherapy for the students, professors and administrative staff of Sofia University.

Number of students

Total number: over 6000 students from all faculties are trained in 24 sports.

Training programmes in the following sports are specially developed for the students of the University:

aerobics, rowing, basketball, boxing, volleyball, jogging, judo, kinesitherapy, karate, callanetics, track and field events, swimming, skiing, climbing, ballroom dancing, archery, tennis, tourism, fencing, fitness, football, handball, chess.

Karate is one new discipline for the Department of Sports. Starts at 2012 year with sensei Georgi Yosifov VI dan in JKA - Karate Do. Member of the Referee Commission of BNFK(Bulgarian National Federation of Karate). International referee Karate Do.


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