Go-it-alone challenge for Hindolveston’s all-round good sport

When it comes to sport, it would be hard to find a more enthusiastic all-rounder than Seb Taylor.

The 24-year-old has been mad about physical pursuits since his primary school days at Melton Constable and Brisley and his secondary school years at Litcham High and Fakenham College.

He loved PE and athletics, has played football and rugby and revelled in learning martial arts such as hapkido and taekwondo.

More than that, Seb has enjoyed imparting his sporting knowhow to others as a coach and instructor.

As such, he has become a key player in the community gym at Hindolveston Village Hall, which, after being set up as a 'mobile gym' by North Norfolk District Council, progressed into a non-profit-making organisation with the help of a �10,000 Big Lottery grant this year.

But now, after working as an employee at places including Dereham Leisure Centre, he is embarking on his biggest challenge of all: running his own business.

Fit Link, based at Hindolveston, is offering services such as personal training, sports therapy massage and nutritional advice and will focus on the skills he learned in his degree studies at university at Derby.

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Seb said going self-employed was the fulfilment of a long-term ambition. And he hopes taking the first tentative steps will help him to achieve a longer-term goal.

'At the moment, I'm trying to collect as many clients as I can to build up a business base and regular clientele. Eventually, I want to set up in my own premises,' he said. 'One thing I will miss is a guaranteed income – of course, there are risks involved in running your own business – and I will miss the people I've been working with. But I have seen new opportunities and the potential.'

Seb added: 'It has been a relatively short time so far but it is going really well, and I'm dead chuffed.'

At the community gym, where Seb is full-time instructor and gym promoter, 6pm-9pm Monday sessions have been added to the established 9.30am-2.30pm gatherings on Fridays. He said some 60 people of all ages were using equipment ranging from cardio equipment to free weights.

On Tuesday evenings he is running children's and adults' martial arts classes at the village hall.

More details about Fit Link from Seb on 07798 897361 or at sebatfitlink@gmail.com