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This is the last edition for our Oriam Newsletter for 2021! There is still plenty going on this month and we already have some exciting plans for 2022. 
Read on for a full update and news for December. 


November was packed with events and activities here at Oriam. We hosted a walking football festival, army boxing event, plenty of BUCS student sport competitions. Heriot-Watt University launched our new Sports and Exercise Science Degree. We had a full schedule of group exercise and kids classes and we have upgraded the Air Conditioning in Studio One! 

Last month we also celebrated our 5th Anniversary. Five years on from our official opening, our facilities, people and partners have developed so far and there is plenty more to come in the future. 

Incase you missed it, check out our Heritage page to learn more about Oriam and browse our photo galleries. 

Oriam Heritage

December has plenty still to come. We have graduations, family fun days, festive fitness activities and more. To keep up to date with the latest facility information you can follow our social media channels @oriamscotland or check out our FAQ page under the ‘About Us’ tab.


From the 23rd December to 3rd January, We will be operating an adapted timetable, with 4 closure days for the 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January to allow our staff some well earned rest and time with family. We will also be closing at 7pm on Friday 10th December for a staff celebration.


Heriot-Watt University have announced the launch of our new Sports and Exercise Science Degree! We look forward to working with the university, combining academic expertise and our state-of-the-art facilities to deliver a fantastic new course. 

To mark the launch of the new degree, we will be hosting a Sports & Exercise Science Showcase event on 15th December here at Oriam. The event will consist of a tour of our performance sport facilities with stalls and staff from the academic and sports departments. Refreshments and canapes are include. 
Tickets are limited so secure your space now. 

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Temporary Timetable

We are making final preparations to host Heriot-Watt Graduations once again. It has been two years since we last hosted in-person graduations and we can’t wait to celebrate the hard-work and success of all the students completing their studies now. 

Some of our facilities will be dedicated for Graduation ceremonies from 3rd to 10th December. The Bistro Area will be closed and our Group Exercise Timetable has been adapted with a number of classes moving to the Performance gym for the week. 



Are you looking for a unique gift for friends or family? Give the gift of fitness this year. Gift Vouchers are now available for Personal Training and Oriam membership options! 

This year our fitness team are offering two great deals on our Personal Training with offers for community and student members! 

Ask one of our fitness team for more details or email


Congratulations to Dominik Múller who won the Slam Ball Sixty Fitness Challenge in November! There won’t be a December fitness challenge but we will have a festive ‘Twelve Days of Fitmas’! Follow our Instagram page or join our My Wellness App to check out the festive fitness workouts. 

Sarah & Mandy are also taking part in a Festive Burpee Challenge, fundraising for MacMillan Cancer. Join in with one of their daily burpee sesssions or donate to their donation pages. 



Oriam Kids will soon open bookings for the Spring Term! The current winter term is coming to a close, last classes will be week commencing 20th December with some festive fun activities before the holidays.

We also have some family fun planned for the holidays with inflatable fun sessions and more coming soon!

Get your kids active after school, especially as the days get colder and darker. Find out more about our classes from the buttons below. 

Soccer Academy
Racquet Buddies
Yoga Zoo
MJ Swim Academy
Turtle Tots


On 21st November our Walking Football group hosted a Walking Football Festival. The day was filled with a marathon walking football challenge and a fun tournament with teams travelling from across Scotland, all raising funds and awareness for AgeScotland 

Fantastic effort from everyone involved, they have raised over £4,500 for the charity!

Tournament Results:
Over 50s
1st: Raith rovers, 2nd: Oriam
Over 65s
1st: Alloa athletic, 2nd: Fife wanderers


The Heriot-Watt Sports Union led another fantastic Movember campaign last month, with a final grand total of £13,753. The Sports Union also held a spectacular Strictly Come Dancing event, raising almost £2000 for Lothian Disability Sport. 

First Semester is coming to an end but for any new or returning students, it is never too late to join-up to Oriam or a Sports Union club. Find out more about student sport over on the Sports Union website. 


We are hiring for a range of roles at Oriam. Part-time and Full-time Opportunities. We run a supportive team environment, encourage personal development and there are some great staff perks so check out our Job Vacancies page or email your cover letter and CV to

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We are glad to be returning to an almost ‘normal service’ here at Oriam and we appreciate all of our visitors who are doing their part to keep everyone safe and comfortable. 

Please remember that masks are still mandatory in public venues in Scotland. For Oriam that means you must wear a mask (unless medically exempt) when entering and leaving the facilities, including reception, corridors and bistro areas. If you forget a mask we have them to purchase at reception for £1. 

You do not need to wear a mask whilst participating in sport or fitness activities so they are not required whilst in the fitness suite or whilst playing on pitches/courts. We hope to continue running all our activities as normal but we can only do this with our visitors support. 

If you have visited Oriam recently you may be aware of a few maintenance projects we are working on, to ensure our facilities are  safe, clean and comfortable now and for the future. Our Operations team have an update on progress for our members. 

Our emergency lighting in Oriam has a fault which needs repaired. The temporary lighting is in place to ensure our facilities are still functional in the case of an emergency. Some areas will need to remain closed until this repair is completed. We have had a few visits now from the main contractor and are awaiting an update on how long the necessary parts for the repair will take to arrive in the UK. We will update again in the coming days/weeks, we are working on this daily and safety will remain our key priority.