Classes and Clubs FAQs

Quick answer to common questions about Oriam.

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KIDS - MINI AND JUNIOR SPORTS CLASSES

WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE FOR MINI AND JUNIOR CLASSES AT ORIAM?

At Oriam we offer sports classes for ages 2 - 15yrs within our Mini and Junior options. In Tennis there are further options for young adults aged 16 yrs+. The minimum and maximum age for a specific sport may vary. Our classes are grouped by age and ability to ensure the coaching matches the student's skill level and learning style. 

WHICH SPORTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MINI AND JUNIOR CLASSES?

We have specialist classes for Tennis and Squash alongside a range of Multi-Sport classes which are a great introduction to a variety of sports for younger children. You can find full details of our class options on our Kids Activities page. There are also a number of groups based at Oriam with coaching and classes for sports such as football and dancing however, we do not manage any of their class bookings. 

HOW DO I BOOK A SPACE FOR MY CHILD?

You can book any of our current sports classes via our online class portal. From there, you can also manage all aspects of your child's class options and track their progress with feedback from their coach. All sports programme classes are now paid on a monthly Direct Debit which you can set-up at the point of booking. The monthly Direct Debit continues year-round even during holiday breaks. If you choose to cancel your direct debit at any point, your child's space will be released for another child to book. 

DO I NEED TO STAY WITH MY CHILD DURING THEIR CLASS?

For children aged 8 years and under, a parent or guardian does need to stay within close proximity of the class, for the full duration. For children aged 9-15 year, a parent or guardian must remain in the building during the class but do not need to stay so close.

For classes held in our sports halls or squash courts, there is seating available with a clear view of the courts. For classes held in the Tennis Centre, parents can wait in the Tennis Lounge located just upstairs from the tennis entrance, there is currently no viewing area for the tennis courts. There is a cafĂ© and vending machines available onsite. 

WHAT ARE THE TERM DATES FOR MINI AND JUNIOR CLASSES?

Our sports classes now run on a continuous rolling subscription with only brief breaks during holidays. Break weeks will differ depending on the coach and class but will be clearly communicated well in advance. We no longer offer term-time block bookings for our classes.

Tennis Juniors: 44 weeks per year
Planned holidays on:

  • Summer Break (6 weeks): w/c 1st July to, and including, w/c 5th August 2024
  • Winter Break (2 weeks): w/c 23rd December & w/c 30th December 2024

Tennis Adults: 44 weeks per year
Planned holidays on:

  • Summer Break (6 weeks): w/c 1st July to, and including, w/c 5th August 2024
  • Winter Break (2 weeks): w/c 23rd December & w/c 30th December 2024

Mini Multi-Sports: 40 weeks per year
Planned holidays on:

  • Feb Break (1 week): w/c 12th Feb 2024
  • Easter Break (2 weeks): w/c 1st to, and including, w/c 8th April 2023
  • Summer Break (6 weeks): w/c 1st July to, and including, w/c 5th August 2024
  • October Break (1 week): w/c 14th October 2024
  • Winter Break (2 weeks): w/c 23rd December & w/c 30th December 2024

Mini Squash: 36 weeks per year
Planned holidays on:

  • Feb Break (1 week): w/c 12th Feb 2024
  • Easter Break (2 weeks): w/c 1st to and including w/c 8th April 2023
  • Summer Break (10 weeks): w/c 3rd June to, and including, w/c 5th August 2024
  • October Break (1 week): w/c 14th October 2024
  • Winter Break (2 weeks): w/c 23rd December & w/c 30th December 2024

DO I NEED TO BRING EQUIPMENT FOR MY CHILD'S CLASS?

All essential equipment is provided for our classes. For all children's classes, they should wear comfortable sports clothing and clean, non-marking trainers or tennis shoes. For Squash and Tennis, once a child has got into a good routine with their classes, we recommend getting a racquet of their own. 

The size of the child plays a factor in the recommended racquet size but for Tennis,  generally we would recommend a player aged 3-4yrs uses a 19". 5-7yrs uses a 21". 8-9yrs uses a 23". 10-11yrs 25-26" and age 12+ uses a full size 27" racquet. 


ADULT SPORTS CLASSES

WHICH SPORTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADULT CLASSES?

We currently offer squash and tennis coaching for adults in either group or 1-1 sessions.

HOW DO I BOOK A TENNIS CLASS?

Our group tennis classes are bookable through our sports class portal, just like our Minis and Juniors classes. Tennis class subscriptions are paid by monthly direct debit. 

HOW DO I BOOK A SQUASH CLASS?

Currently our adult squash classes are only available with a squash membership which you can purchase here. With a valid squash membership you can enjoy access to weekly group coaching sessions, bookable on a week to week basis. 

DO I NEED MY OWN EQUIPMENT FOR CLASSES?

We do have a selection of essential equipment available for our classes. Please wear suitable sports clothes and clean, non-marking tennis shoes or trainers. Once you start developing your sport skills, we do recommend bringing your own racquet. 

CAN I USE THE CHANGING ROOMS OR SHOWERS WHEN I VISIT?

Yes, absolutely. All Oriam customers are welcome to use our members changing rooms, located on the main corridor opposite Sports Hall One and our Members Fitness Suite. Each changing room includes day lockers, shower facilities, bench seating with plenty of space to get changed, a large vanity desk with mirror and hair dryers. Most of the changing spaces are an open layout however there are private cubicles too. The toilets are located next to the changing rooms. We also have accessible shower and changing facilities and baby changing areas. 

ADULT & JUNIOR SPORTS CLASSES - BOOKINGS, PAYMENTS & REFUNDS

HOW DO I PAY FOR A SPORTS PROGRAMME CLASS?

All adult and junior classes are paid by Direct Debit on a monthly basis. You can set-up your direct debit at the point of booking. Payments are made in advance and if you choose to cancel your direct debit at any point, your class space will be released for sale. 

WHY CAN'T I PAY ON THE DAY?

We require payment in advance or at the time of booking to secure the space within the class.  

IS THE PAYMENT IN ADVANCE OR ARREARS?

All sports programme classes are paid in advance. 

WHY IS MY FIRST PAYMENT DIFFERENT TO THE REGULAR MONTHLY PAYMENT?

You may find that your first payment is different from the quoted monthly cost. This is because the first payment is a pro-rata amount based on when you join the class within the month. The standard monthly amount should commence from the next whole month. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF ORIAM CANCELS A CLASS?

Oriam will refund any cancellations based on closure for emergency, maintenance, weather and staff sickness. No planned holidays will be refunded. Refunds will be paid directly back to the same bank account that your direct debit is taken from. 

WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND A CLASS, WILL I BE GIVEN A REFUND?

No refunds will be provided for any participant absences. 

HOW DO I CANCEL A CLASS AND WILL I GET ANY REFUND?

For all sports programme classes, if you wish to cancel please email tennis@oriam.hw.ac.uk to confirm your request to cancel. If cancellation is received by the 15th of the month, no further cost will be incurred for the following month's Direct Debit. Cancellation requests made after the 15th will still be included in the following month's direct debit.  No refund will be applied for a month that has already been paid. 

WHAT HAPPENS WITH MY PAYMENTS DURING HOLIDAY BREAKS?

The monthly direct debit payments continue throughout the year, even through holiday breaks. The monthly cost does take account for the number of teaching weeks, spread out across 12 monthly instalments. If you choose to cancel your direct debit at any point, your space will be released for sale, so you may lose your spot in the class. 

WILL THE MONTHLY PAYMENT AMOUNT CHANGE FOR MY CLASS?

Oriam reviews pricing on an annual basis and reserve the right to make any changes to the price of a product or service. Any price changes are typically made in August of each year, in line with the University financial year. Oriam will provide at lease 10 days notice of any changes made to your subscriptions. 

ADULT SPORTS CLUBS OR GROUPS

WHICH SPORTS CLUBS ARE AVAILABLE AT ORIAM?

We currently have four adult sports clubs or groups for our community to enjoy: Walking Football, Walking Netball, Tennis Tuesdays and our Squash Club.

WHAT IS WALKING FOOTBALL?

Oriam Walking Football is open to any adult aged 50 yrs and over. Each session includes training drills and game-play, most of the standard football rules apply however it is all done at walking pace. There are currently three sessions a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It is a great way to keep you feeling fit and meet new friends from your local community. 
Walking Football and Netball is included in your Oriam membership or you can pay per session. Find out more in our Activities page or book on our Oriam App. 

WHAT IS WALKING NETBALL?

Oriam Walking Netball is open to any adult aged 50 yrs and over. Each session includes training drills and game-play, most of the standard netball rules apply however it is all done at walking pace. There is currently one session a week on Fridays. It is a great way to keep you feeling fit and meet new friends from your local community.
Walking Football and Netball is included in your Oriam membership, or you can pay per session. Find out more in our Activities page or book on our Oriam App.

WHAT IS TENNIS TUESDAYS?

Tennis Tuesdays is fun, relaxed and sociable tennis session open to everyone in our community. The aim is to pick up a racquet, get moving and learn a few new tennis skills in a social and relaxed environment, based on the initiative led by LTA and Nike. Find out more in our Adult Tennis Activities page

HOW DO I JOIN THE SQUASH CLUB?

Interested in playing squash in a fun and social environment? Check out our Squash Club. The Squash Club membership includes access to 10 complementary 60 minute court bookings alongside a range of member-only classes and social competitions. You can join the Squash Club online or on our Oriam App today. 

STUDENT SPORTS UNION CLUBS

WHAT DOES THE HERIOT-WATT SPORTS UNION DO?

The Heriot-Watt Sports Union is a student led organisation within the university, encouraging students to try a new sport or continue with the sports they already love, whilst they study. There are now over 30 sports union clubs open to heriot-watt students with training sessions, socials and competitions available for all abilities and interests. 

HOW DO I JOIN A SPORTS UNION CLUB?

At the start of each semester, most sports union clubs offer free trial sessions, so you can get a feel for the club before you join. When you find a club you like, you do need to pay to become a member to enjoy any future training sessions or competitions.   

DO I NEED TO BE AN ORIAM MEMBER TO JOIN A SPORTS UNION CLUB?

The short answer is yes, you do need to be an Oriam Member before you can join a sports union club. 
This is because Oriam supports all clubs with access to coaching and facilities, even for those clubs training off-campus. Your Oriam membership provides access to our Fitness Suite, Strength and Conditioning Suite and all Oriam Group Exercise classes. You can then add your chosen Sports Union Clubs to your Oriam membership for a small additional annual fee. 

HOW DOES ORIAM SUPPORT THE HERIOT-WATT SPORTS UNION CLUBS?

Oriam supports the Sports Union with a wide range of coaching and facility access, even for the clubs that train off-campus.