This spring we have a fantastic line-up of events and activities to enjoy at Oriam. Take a read through our newsletter for the latest Oriam news and events this month. If you have a news story or event you would like to add to our newsletter please let us know!


Take a look at our What’s On section to find out about events activities coming up at Oriam this month. We host a wide variety of events, matches and activities throughout the year. Unfortunately not all of them are open to the public but we will keep you all up to date when we can! 

Go To What's On in April

Our teams are always working hard behind the scenes, planning and delivering facility maintenance and improvements so you can enjoy Oriam activities to their fullest. From now on there will always be a facility update section here in our newsletter and occasional facility bulletins across our channels to keep you up to date with work happening at Oriam. 


The Scottish Government has updated the legislation and guidance for covid-19 protocols, with a provisional timeline for returning to ‘normal’ life this spring. Most of our activities and services are already running at almost normal levels and we are planning to open up more flexibility and availability for activities in the coming months.

From Monday 18th April, Scottish Government are relaxing the rules for wearing masks. From Monday 18th, wearing a mask in most public spaces will no longer be mandatory and become a personal choice or responsibility. We will still encourage our staff and members to take all reasonable precautions however we will no longer enforce mask-wearing in our facilities. Our team will continue with enhanced cleaning, crowd management and test & protect compliance to help keep everyone safe and healthy.


Over the past couple of months we have been making repairs and improvements to our cap park area. The members’ car park barrier has been repaired and fresh road markings have been painted to assist with the one-way route directions. This is much needed to improve access and control the flow of cars into the main car park.

The barrier now operates between the following times;
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday , Friday 6.30 – 10pm
Wednesday 6.30 – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am – 8pm
If you do not have an access card then please contact your facility booker to receive the Car Park Barrier code, alternatively if you wish to use a card instead, this can be purchased from main reception for £1.

If the car park is full and you are still looking for parking on Campus the car parks, A, B & H are the closest to the facility and a short walk from the main entrance. You can view a full map of parking areas on the Heriot-Watt website here.

We have been experiencing a lot of poor car parking with cars double parked and also parking in the disabled bays which is preventing those with blue badges using these allocated spaces. We respectfully ask that all patrons adhere to parking in the correct bays when visiting the facility. Additional security patrols have also been requested to help with the flow of traffic and improvement for those who need to use the disabled bays.

In the mean time if you do have a question or feedback on our car park or other facilities please do email us directly at and this will be passed to our Director of Operations to review.


Scottish Womens Football Team, two rows of players facing camera on pitch, front row kneeling, back row standing
|Scottish Women’s Football

Our very own performance team, Katrina Gibbon and Jen Hudson were recently called-up to join the coaching staff for SFA Women’s Seniors and U-19 camps!

Jen worked with the SFA Women’s Under 19s, in their camp preparing for their three matches against Kazakhstan, Estonia and Kosovo. The team returned home unbeaten and secured their promotion to League A in the UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship!

Katrina worked with the SFA Women’s National Team in their camp at Oriam, preparing for their World Cup qualifier match, against Spain. It was a challenging game but a record turnout at Hampden Park on Tuesday 12th for the match.


Scottish Handball Senior Men’s & Women’s tournaments have returned to Oriam this year with regular match fixtures. Scotland has also been named as hosts for British Handball Super Cup for the next 3 years! 

The 2022 British Handball Super Cup will be played over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May at Oriam. The British Handball Super Cup consists of a women’s competition and men’s competition, each featuring four teams: the top two teams from the Scottish National League and top two from the English Premier League.

If you are interested in trying Handball, you can find club details on the Scottish Handball website here

Scottish Squash Doubles teams and staff line-up on podium with medals at wsf world doubles championships

A number of athletes who train with Scottish Squash at Oriam recently attended the World Squash Doubles Championship in Glasgow and came home with a silver and two bronzes! Congratulations to all the athletes and the support staff! You can read their review of the competition here. 
Scottish Squash have also just announced their athletes representing Scotland in the upcoming European Championships. Congratulations to the Heriot-Watt Scholars Lisa Aitken, Martin Ross and Alasdair Prost for making the selection! 


It has been a successful week on our Indoor Synthetic Pitch with two great football events for clubs that call Oriam their Home Grounds! 

|HWUFC Historic victory

Heriot-Watt University FC faced Stirling University FC in the Scottish Student Sport Football Final on Wednesday 13th April. It was a close match but Heriot-Watt won 2-1 and lifted the Queens Park Trophy! It is the first time HWU FC have lifted the trophy in 16 years! Congratulations to the whole team and the dedicated coaches on this historic win.

|Walking Football Charity Event

Our Oriam Walking Football group hosted a fantastic walking football event on Monday 11th April alongside a number of other walking football groups. The walking football tournament was a fundraiser in aid of the Dnipro Orphans of Ukraine. The whole event was a great success and they raised over £2400 on the day, with an additional £1800 from an anonymous benefactor! 


You told us we need more bikes in our cycle studio and we heard you! New bikes are now here, increasing class capacity from 10 to 15 people per class. We also recently welcomed a new class to the group exercise timetable, Mix-45! This new class combines functional fitness and HIIT exercises and held in our Strength & Conditioning suite every Tuesday and Friday. Our Performance and Fitness team are working on some exciting projects for our performance and strength and conditioning areas just now and we look forward to sharing more details with you soon!

We are now seeking experienced  instructors to join our team and deliver a whole range of fresh classes. We have also launched a new Fitness Training page so you can find out more about all of our fitness services including Inductions, Personal Training and our My Wellness App. 



Easter Holidays are just around the corner and our teams have got lots of plans to help keep your kids busy whilst schools out. Oriam Kids Easter Camp is now open for booking! 19th – 22nd April for ages 5-12 years including a variety of fun sports activities planned for the week. 

We are also offering extra Inflatable fun sessions during the school holidays. You can find and book them in ‘Your Classes’ section on our Oriam App. Holiday sessions are £6.50 per child. Extended 2-hour sessions open to all ages. 

Oriam Kids Classes are back from 25th April for summer term with new rugby and netball classes now available! Spaces are filling up so give us a call to book a space today. 

You can find out more about our Oriam Kids activities, inflatables and our partner classes through the buttons below. 

Kestrel Gymnastics
MJ Swim Academy
Yoga Zoo
Soccer Academy
Turtle Tots
Smiling child on blue bouncy castle

Sports Union activities are wrapping up with only a final few matches to play for the season. There is still plenty to enjoy at Oriam whilst you study though! As sports club activity is slowing down, casual sport availability is opening up so you can play badminton, basketball, table tennis or squash with your friends! Free for members or student discount available for guest passes.

We also have some great student deals for the summer! Top-up your current student membership to last the whole summer or if you are new to Oriam we have Flexi and One-month memberships. Enjoy full members access to our Fitness Suite, Group Exercise classes and casual sports sessions alongside expert support from our Fitness team and the My Wellness App. Find out more about our student summer membership options now! Available to purchase on our Oriam App or at reception.

Go to Student SUmmer Memberships


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