Our History

By Locker 27 Director, Matt Church, “Locker 27 was born over 30 years ago.  It is a culmination of experience and lessons from the sporting world both positive and negative that have shaped the Locker’s philosophy. The name Locker 27 comes from my first ever locker at school.  I have very fond memories of these early stages of my sporting development.  I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who ignited my passion for sport and exercise and with Locker 27 I want to be part of that ignition process for other people.”

Matt Church

Matt Church

ASCC – Director

Matt is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with 10 years experience as a practitioner. Having finished his Pro-cricket career it was time to focus on a second career. After a Charity event which found Matt walking, cycling and rowing from Edinburgh to Tangiers it was time to embark on what he feels is his true vocation.  Matt was given the opportunity to work with Surrey County Cricket Club for 5 years.  Having finished at Surrey Matt has worked with the ECB Young Lions in Pretoria and was a consultant for Cricket Ireland in the lead up to the World Cup in 2011.  Matt has also worked for the Altitude Centre as part of their team developing programmes for different events at Altitude.

Matt is passionate about being a Strength and Conditioning Coach and what can be offered to individuals and teams by this profession.  “You are a Coach, a mentor, a scientist and an innovator all in the space of a few minutes”


James Mealing

James Mealing

Head S&C Coach

James is a Strength and Conditioning coach at Locker 27 and a Level 3 Advanced NASM Personal Trainer. James has a Diploma in sports and exercise science and is currently in his last year at St Mary’s University attaining a degree in BSc Strength and Conditioning Science. James has 10 years experience in the sports and leisure industry and in that time has gone from working at David Lloyd leisure to running his own successful Personal Training company. James has achieved his UKSCA accreditation with the help of Locker 27.

Sport has been the main focus in James’ life from a young age and didn’t see his career going anywhere else but in the sporting industry due to his love for taking part in many sports. Rugby was James’ main sport while growing up, attending clubs such as Dorking RFC, Cobham RFC, Harlequins Academy and Esher RFC and County level. James other interests include Olympic lifting/ powerlifting, Speed work and Strongman. James is looking to compete in his first Strongman competition in 2015.

James ethos is to keep it simple and to educate his clients. This will not only physically prepare them but also mentally prepare them to achieve any goal.

“Everything should be made simple but not simpler”

James is avaliable for one-to-one training and group PT sessions.

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Alex Barnard

Alex Barnard

BSc (Hons), ASCC, ISAK- Head S&C Coach

Alex is an accredited strength and conditioning coach through the UKSCA and an advanced level 3 personal trainer. Through a scholarship programme he graduated from St Mary’s University with first-class honours in strength and conditioning sciences. With 8 years of professional experience in personal training and sports performance coaching Alex has a variety of effective approaches to coaching, programming and training applications.

With previous experience in a variety of sports including rugby, football, golf, cricket, boxing, weightlifting and many more Alex uses his experience to deliver a coaching approach and programming method specific to the sport and individual. His previous experience includes working with Chelsea Ladies Football, the In-touch cricket academy and a range of individual athletes. Currently Alex is working as an S&C coach for Harlequins Rugby and at the Locker 27 athletic development centre. Alex’s ability to draw on a host of experiences enables his coaching and programming to produce long term improvements for every athlete at any age group.

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Dan Fernandez

Dan Fernandez

Our in-house Boxing specialist, Dan is a boxing coach with over 7 years experience and ABA Judges Badge. With a dedicated and enthusiastic approach, Dan has seen his array of skills develop through training with ex-England boxing coaches to ex-Super middle weight world champions, to even Olympic gold medalists.

Once ranked no.2 in England and a National ABA Finalist, Dan has had over 30 amateur fights but sought to develop his coaching skills and forge a career outside of the ring. Garnering an array of experience and professionalism from skills learnt at Frank Bruno’s boxing academy, Dan is able to offer a specific, yet varied approach to your training.

With a variety of clients varying in all different abilities, boxing training at Locker 27 offers a new style of training whether it’s those who simply want to get fit using the vast array of boxing drills, techniques and exercises practiced or looking to step into the ring.

Dan is available for one-to-one training and group sessions.

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Adam Bishop

Adam Bishop

Adam is a Strength and Conditioning coach currently employed by Harlequins RFC. After spells as a professional rugby player and Skeleton Bobsleigh athlete, Adam started competing in Strongman contests. After winning the 2011 UKs Strongest Man contest in the under 105kg class, Adam stepped up to compete in the Open weight class where he won the titles of UK’s Strongest Junior in 2012 and Southern England’s Strongest Man in 2013 as well as representing England at the 2013 UK’s Strongest Man competition.

Adam is committed to developing strength in every athlete he works with in order to maximise their performance in their chosen sport.


Mark Hill

Mark Hill

Mark is a level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor, British Weightlifting Coach and a BWL referee.

He regularly competes in the sport of ‘Olympic’ Weightlifting, which in turn, has competitively fuelled Mark’s desire to coach others.

The Snatch, Clean and Jerk and their derivatives are an excellent tool to have in the trainee’s exercise vocabulary.  They are used in most Strength and Conditioning programmes throughout the world and are a staple part of Locker 27’s training ideology. It is well documented that the lifts can improve physical qualities such as strength, speed, power and flexibility. The lifts can also provide trainees with a sense of purpose in their training through testing the limits of the body in this extraordinary sport.

Mark aims to support members of all ages in learning and becoming proficient in the lifts to help achieve their goals. Mark wants to cultivate a training environment that encourages aspiring lifters to enjoy the challenge and reap the benefits of Olympic Weightlifting.



Sheree Halliday

Sheree Halliday

I.S.K.A. World Champion / I.K.F European Champion / W.P.K.L  British Champion & I.S.K.A English Champion of Muay Thai

29 fights in total with 20 wins

Currently ranked British Number One, Sheree Halliday is a highly regarded female Muay Thai fighter renowned in the UK, Europe, USA and as far afield as Bangkok, Thailand.

She fights professionally both nationally and internationally and trains regularly with Keddles Gym in Orpington, Team Tieu in London and WPT Gym in Bangkok.

Out of the ring Sheree offers her infectious determination and skill to train and motivate people with one-to-one Muay Thai training, small group training sessions and regular Muay Thai Classes. Classes are designed to teach the art of Muay Thai with focus on technique and fitness incorporating bag drills and pad work, footwork, movement and combinations. Ladies Thai Fit classes include fitness circuits with key exercises for core strength and stamina, whereas the mixed Muay Thai class includes optional sparring sessions.



Sam Colgate

Sam is the newest member of the team and Coach of the Locker 27 Powerlifting Club.

Sam is a physical preparation coach and health & wellbeing professional who strives in creating optimum performance in physiology and lifestyle with all his current and prospective clients. He specialises in Strength Training Solutions, Fat Loss and Wellbeing Strategies to an array of abilities.

Sam has extensive experience with providing fitness and wellbeing coaching with an array of exclusive clientele base ranging from Directors, CEOs and VPs in the FTSE100 to national and international athletes various sporting disciplines such as Track & Field, Triathlon, Ultra-Marathon and Powerlifting to name a few.

He holds a 2:1 Honour degree in Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University and is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UKSCA. He is currently completing a Certification in Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute.


Locker 27 would not be here without certain people who have had that profound influence on my life and where it is going.  Whether parent, teacher, mentor, advisor or friend,  thank you.  Some of you I have not met.  This list is endless and will grow.  Some people will not thank me for mentioning them so I won’t.  Here goes: Family Church, O’Donoghue, Ryan, Graham Scott (and family), Andy P, Carly, Steve Nance, Vern Gambetta, Kelvin Giles, The Russian’s, Siff, Taggy, AJS, Shawsy, Chad, Ginger Barry, Andy Brimson, Walter Mould, Tweets, Muggers, Court, H, Tommo, Geordie, Jacko, JC, Jonny Hockey, Mickey B, Elko, Ligois from the Essentially Group, the The Altitude Centre, Nigel Stockill, Simon Shepard and Optima Life etc