When 26-year-old Kyle Scarborough signed up for the Royal Marines, he wasn’t banking on hitting upon an entirely different career choice six months later. Kyle, who was born and bred in Halifax, says he joined the Marines after working in Tesco for six years.
“I wanted a new challenge so I got myself really fit and got through the Marines basic training,” he says. “However, after a couple of months he realised that Marines life wasn’t for him: “I enjoyed it but I wanted control of my own life.” So he decided to do an online personal trainer diploma and try and find work in a gym. “I had always worked out,” he explains, “and I realized that if I could achieve my own fitness goals I could help others.”
He was unable to do his course and also be eligible for Jobseekers Allowance at the same time so it was a bit of a gamble. But a gamble which paid off, at least eventually. “When I signed back on and wanted to get to work immediately,” says Kyle, “so I applied to jobs in Leeds and Bradford and looked around at local gyms. The job centre recommended he try the NEA (New Enterprise Allowance) scheme and within a week he was sitting down with his mentor, Joe Cahill.
“Joe was able to get me through the scheme quickly,” says Kyle “I had a business plan already from doing my course and Joe helped me tweak it. He also gave me loads of hints and tips and talked me through some ideas.” Joe also advised going on some free business workshops held at theChamber’s offices, such as starting and running your own business workshop, being your own boss and those in social media.
Now Kyle has a Facebook business page for his personal training business, SKS Personal Training.He also went on a two-day business course in London to qualify for a licence scheme at one of his local gyms. Two clients contacted him as soon as he launched his Facebook page and he has recently helped Georgina Worthington, a local fundraiser, train for the London Marathon in aid of Muscular Dystrophy campaign.
SKS Personal Training, says Kyle, offers the full personal training package, from one-to-one sessions to group work, via nutritional advice. He says, “Getting fit is about a whole health and wellbeing approach. It’s about devising a lifestyle to suit the client.” It’s not without its challenges, he says, “I know myself and I know what I am capable of but it’s about getting a rapport with a client and working out what works for them.”
Kyle’s initial business aims are modest but focused. “By the end of the year I would like around 20 regular clients,” he says, “ideally four a day, two in the gym, two outside.” Through it all, says Kyle, his mentor Joe was “an amazing support. It was really a tight deadline due to when I finished my course but from the very first meeting he was really helpful and got me through the process. Going forward I intend to meet up monthly with Joe as he is there to provide advice and support if I need it in my first six months ”