Business Profile: Oma Fitness Academy

Name: David Farrell
Company: Oma Fitness Academy
Address: Gortin Rd Omagh
Contact details: 07835330436

Can you describe your business?

We are a fitness education training provider offering a wide range of qualifications and training both in the classroom/gyms and via our e-learning platform. All qualifications are accredited by REPS and Active IQ. Qualifications are internationally recognised.

Why did you start your own business?

Having been in the fitness industry for over a decade personally, I found if I ever wanted to gain any extra qualifications then I would have to travel a fair distance to study sometimes as far as London for particular qualifications.

This got me thinking about making these courses more accessible to the local area. Paired with my passion for teaching and assessing Oma Fitness Academy was established late 2018 after two years putting all the centre approval work in place.

What are the best things about running your own business?

I would have to say the best thing is knowing you have helped someone achieve their qualification and hopefully in some way made a difference. Posting the certifications to the students always puts a smile on my face.

What are the main challenges facing the business?

There is a number of challenges at this early stage of business, marketing the business and making people aware we are here, developing a team of tutors/assessors to deliver courses, offering a greater range of courses by expanding the team. These are issues we are currently working hard to resolve so if you are a tutor/assessor in any fitness course do get in touch.

What advice would you give to someone starting a business?

Have a passion for your chosen business and prepare to put in the work, be patient remain consistent.

Can you describe your experience of running a business in three words or less?

Rewarding, demanding, positive