Qualifications & Experience:
BWL L1 Coach (L2 Pending)
Level 2 Fitness Instructor
UKAD Coach Clean & Anti-Doping Advisor
Current DBS and First Aider endorsed
Child Protection and Safeguarding Trained
Medallist at numerous London Student Championships
National-Level Competitor in Olympic Weightlifting (BUCs Sport)
Former President at King’s College London Weightlifting Club
Strength and Conditioning coach at King’s College London and its performance programme, Including Tottenham Hotspurs u21 WSL Academy, Women’s Rugby, Netball, Badminton and mixed gender track & field Athletics
Coaching ages 12+ in a high-performance and casual setting
Teacher at a boys' secondary school in St Albans
BA (Hons) Classics (Greek and Latin)
As the Club Secretary and Assistant Coach, Zarko believes in the importance of building strong, positive and productive relationships in order to achieve your goals. As a former student athlete, he understands the pressures of balancing work and study with sports, both for leisure and competition.
Zarko has an interest in NLWLC’s ‘Strong-Youth’ Programme and the development of youth athletes, as well as making the sport as accessible and inclusive as possible to anyone wishing to try it out.
Zarko says “The physiological effects of weightlifting are obvious, but it’s the unseen and more intimate mental effects that really bloom positively as a direct result of this sport. The relationships made as well as the motivation and drive to grow into the strongest version of yourself is important and the environment provided at NLWLC can only help develop this further.”