New Physio at Imber

I am really pleased that starting in February we will have Physiotherapy Services in our Health Club. The physio is Mathew Lawrence, MSc MCSP HCPC and other than having more letters after his name than Dominik, some may recognise him as the Head Coach at Crossfit2012. I have known Matt for some time now and he is a very likable and an inspirational character who I am sure will be a real asset to Imber with the physio services he is providing.

He will provide rehabilitation treatments focused on bio-mechanics and movement dysfunction including dry needling, spinal manipulation, kinesiology taping, and soft tissue mobilisation.

It is really easy to book,  just email Matt  at and if you mention in your email that you are an Imber member he will give a 10% discount.


Matthew Lawrence, Senior Physiotherapist MSc MCSP HCPC

Matt graduated from the University of East London in 2009 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. This allowed Matt to further fulfil his ambition of an all-encompassing approach to Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Matt’s most proud achievement to date was providing Physiotherapy and assistant coaching support to the Men’s Goalball Team at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. His main interest as a Physiotherapist is in the rehabilitation setting, focusing on biomechanics and movement dysfunction. His Physiotherapy skills cover dry needling, spinal manipulation, kinesiology taping, and soft tissue mobilisation strategies.

Please email us at to book an appointment with Matt.


Met Police Rugby this Saturday at Imber


We have back to back Rugby this Saturday at Imber on the main Stadium Pitch. The Met Police Rugby Team 2nd XV are kicking off at 1230 followed by the 1st XV’s match at 1415hrs.

Both games are against Guildfordians RFC and following the 1st XV’s great away win on the 14th January versus Croyden RFC there is a real possibility of snatching the League Title and guaranteed promotion to Surrey League 2.

Entry is free and with hot drinks , beer and food in the Club House it could be a great afternoon of watching rugby in the fresh air interspersed with refreshments and FA Cup action in the Club House. Perfect.



Update – an outstanding 31 – 0 win  for the Met Police Rugby team versus Croyden. To see the excellent match report go to ;



Well done the Grounds Staff

Followers of this blog will know that our Ground Staff attract quite a few tongue in cheek comments which are all meant in good humour of course. For us regular users of the grounds we know what a fantastic job Dave and his team do and here is some evidence of that;


This picture was taken in the last week and considering the time of year and the constant use of our football pitches it is testament to the great work of Dave, Paul and Danny – well done and thank you

The Bulldozers are at Imber

At long last the work has started on the Rifle Range to make the area suitable for use as a Children’s Nursery. The work is expected to take up to about 10 weeks and after its completion we can then start the work on building the Nursery. Exciting times for us.

We will see this year a complete transformation of our rear gate area , coinciding of course with the flowering of the 500 Daffodils at the roundabout planted by one of our committee members and Imber Volunteer,  Jim from the Dog Club.

The rifle range was used for practice shooting up to the late 1990’s. However  following changes in legislation (The Firearms Amendments Act 1997) brought in as a result of the tragedy at Dunblane Primary School, the range was closed.

The site has remained fairly much derelict since then and now this year will reopen as a Children’s Nursery.

Christmas is over…….

Here we go, into the New Year and lots of promises in the form of resolutions made. I have made two. Nothing unusual in them, one is around weight and the other around alcohol.

Today I went to the Imber Gym and signed up to the Imber Court Body Reboot and am embarking on a programme to get healthier with the support of Lee and Calum. I have also committed to not having any alcohol until the start of the Cheltenham Festival.

First step was the weigh in and ensuring that the scales were up to it!.

Of course I will not be doing this alone and have ‘insisted’ that Yogi and Nick join me and I am just waiting on some evidence of Nick’s weigh in.

Please feel free to join in the funit is free for members and hopefully will result in positive change. There are prizes for the biggest losers and it is not often you can say that.

As an opening prize Mercedes has offered to cook a very healthy lunch free of charge in the Metropole Restaurant  for whoever is closest to guessing the combined wight (in kilogrammes) of Yogi and myself today at our weigh in. I will give you a clue there are three figures in the total.