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”



Sid Atkinson


During his time at St Mary’s university Sid formed his own coaching philosophy which is heavily influenced by athlete longevity, injury prevention and long term development. In conjunction with the development of his individual coaching values, Sid learnt how to customise and adapt his coaching strategies to suit the individual. Whether that be the recreational athlete, fitness enthusiast or even the high performing competitor.

Along with being an accredited Strength & Conditioning coach Sid is a qualified Olympic Weightlifting Coach and  Sports Massage Therapist.

Sid has created and delivered structured and progressive speed, agility and plyometric sessions, coached a wide range of individual including elite Rugby and MMA athletes and has assisted the coaching and programing of Paralympic powerlifters in the build up to competitions. Sid also specialises in the construction of periodized training programs.

For enquiries for individual training programmes and sessions with Sid please email sid@locker27.com


Richard Tucker

Richard has over 8 years of experience of working with professional and international sports teams which has taken him to various parts of the world including working for the Blues Super Rugby Franchise, the Portuguese National 15s and 7s squads, Exeter Chiefs and most recently as the Head of Strength and Conditioning for Championship side London Scottish.

Richard also holds numerous graduate and postgraduate qualifications in both Sport Science and Nutrition Science and is highly passionate about helping people achieve both performance and health goals. He is available for both personal training and nutrition education and is able to tailor bespoke services for any individual or team goal. His main areas of specialty lie in body composition improvements, conditioning for team sports and strength and power development.

For enquiries for individual nutritional or training programmes and sessions with Richard please email Richard@locker27.com


Charlie Faulkner

Charlie is currently in his final year at St Mary’s University, studying for a degree in Strength and Conditioning. Charlie has worked with athletes in a large variety of sports including, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, football, water polo and rowing. Charlie’s areas of specialty include: strength training, speed and power, and conditioning. With experience across a variety of different sports Charlie is able to tailor specific training programmes and sessions to suit your individual needs, whether you’re a performance athlete or a recreational trainer.

As well as being part of the team at Locker, Charlie is also working as a strength and conditioning coach with the Wasps Junior Academy and head of strength and conditioning with the England Water Polo 2000’s squad.

For enquiries for individual training programmes and sessions with Charlie please email charlie@locker27.com

Nick Rees

ASCC Bsc Msc Strength & Conditioning Coach

Nick has over 15 years experience as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer. His initial exploits in Track and Field, National League Basketball and International Powerlifting gave him a wide appreciation of developing athleticism and fitness toward any number of sports. Nick has spent over 10 years working in Professional Rugby at Harlequins Rugby Union, London Broncos and Ealing Trailfinders RFC. Alongside this experience, Nick’s work integrating youth athletic development models in numerous schools in Surrey and Sussex with teams and individuals competing at national level and beyond in an array of sports has enable him to integrate equally effective long and short term approaches towards the goals of his clients, whether stepping into the competitive arena or simply wanting to improve their fitness.

Nick is available for 1 to 1, small group training sessions and online programming. Please email nick@locker27.com

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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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.



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