National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski"

The Vassil Levski National Sports Academy (Bulgarian: Национална Спортна Академия "Васил Левски"), commonly referred to as the NSA, is Bulgaria's premiere higher education institution specializing in teaching physical education.[1] It is named after national hero Vasil Levski.

National Sports Academy
Национална Спортна Академия
"Васил Левски"
NSA logo
Rectorprof. Pencho Geshev


The academy was established in 1942 by a decree of Tsar Boris III as the Higher School for Physical Education (Висше Уилище за Телесно Възпитание).[2] It was named Higher Institute for Physical Education and Sport (Висш Институт за Физическо Възпитание и Спорт) from 1953 to 1995. In 1995, by decision of the National Assembly, the VIF was renamed the National Sports Academy. Discover a new, modernly-equipped educational building in the Student Town of Darvenica. A high-mountain training base at the Vitosha National Academy was created during that time.


The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a wide variety of sports-related disciplines. Curricula are distributed among three faculties:

  • Faculty of Coaching
  • Faculty of Physical Education
  • Faculty of Kinesiotherapy, Tourism, and Sports Animation


The alumni of the National Sports Academy have found professional realization as:

  • Coaches of club or national teams, as well as trainers in youth sports academies;
  • Teachers and lecturers in physical education and sports at kindergartens, schools, and universities;
  • Kinesitherapists or physiotherapists in hospitals, sanatoriums, and rehabilitation centers;
  • Instructors in fitness and SPA centers;
  • Sport Animators in sports and leisure centers;
  • Trainers of people with disabilities and special educational needs;
  • Sports Psychologists of elite athletes and teams;
  • Managers of sports clubs, fitness centers, sports facilities, sports federations, and associations;
  • Sports journalists and commentators in electronic and print media;
  • Specialists in physical and martial applied training in the system of Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense.


  1. ^ "Prof. Pencho Geshev: We Are Preparing Coaches and Managers in 60 Different Sports" (in Bulgarian). BNR. 17 Apr 2017. Retrieved 15 Sep 2017.
  2. ^ History of the National Sports Academy Retrieved 15 Sep 2017