One to watch
PUBLISHED: 06:51 07 April 2014
It was clear from the start that Sam Lidgley had determination and commitment, as he tells how he became the youngest person in Europe to gain a black belt in the marital art Han Mu Do, writes Ellie Young. Now, just 24, he has turned his long-term interests in health, fitness and wellbeing into a career.
After graduating from the British School of Osteopathy last summer, he set up the High Silver Clinic in Holt, in order to pursue his dream of delivering high quality osteopathy to the local community. He says: “It’s the aim of most osteopaths to run their own clinic, so I thought I’d jump in at the deep end and do so immediately upon graduating. Establishing the clinic has been a challenging, and educational, experience and continues to be so. I’m passionate about what I do and feel privileged to be able to make a positive contribution to peoples’ lives, particularly those members of the community who suffer from pain and immobility.”
Sam also currently works part-time as a groom and a carer. He was able to launch the High Silver Clinic after he applied for a loan from the School for Startups’ Launcher programme – a government-backed finance initiative aimed at helping young entrepreneurs.
Sam offers this advice for prospective osteopaths: “Osteopathy isn’t for the fainthearted, but can be a very rewarding career. I would encourage potential students to really consider why they want to be osteopaths, because it’s a long course that requires a lot of commitment, long hours of study, responsibility, consideration, care and respect. At the same time, I think it’s important to take things lightly: We’re not preventing famine or creating world peace or anything near that, so sometimes it’s best to quit worrying and get some perspective!”
Sam has his roots in Norfolk, attending the City of Norwich School and Wymondham College. He played rugby for the county, and his great-great-grandfather was head coachman and groom at Felbrigg and Gunton. He has inherited his family’s love of horses and offers equine osteopathy across the county. He says: “My dream is to split my time equally between the equine and human communities of Norfolk and East Anglia, as horses are a real passion.”
Determined to help as many people as possible, Sam plans to undertake further study in order to become a specialist in obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics.
Sam offers community-partnership discounts to groups who statistically suffer most from musculoskeletal conditions.
High Silver Clinic, 35-37 High Street, Holt, NR25 6BN; 01263 888358; www.highsilverclinic.co.uk