We have a calendar packed with activities and events this spring. Find out more about what we have planned for you this May! Not all events are open to the public, but we will share regular updates on them when we can.
HANDBALL| SCOTTISH & BRITISH FINALS
Sports Hall One| May
Handball recently returned to Oriam with regular training and matches, it has been great to welcome the teams back to our facilities. We are now preparing for the finals for both Scottish and British competitions!
Scottish Handball Finals| 14th May| Free Entry
Scottish Men’s and Women’s Handball finals will be held here at Oriam on the 14th May. First up will be the Women’s Finals at 12:00 with University of Dundee vs Edinburgh Handball Club. The Men’s Final then take to the court for a 17:00 Throw off with Tryst 77 vs Livingston. Both matches are free entry so this is a great opportunity to come along, find out more about the sport and watch some great finals matches!
British Handball Super Cup| 21st -22nd May| Tickets Required
We are honoured to host the British Handball Finals for the first time in Scotland. This month the British Handball Super Cup will be held at Oriam on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd May.
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.British Handball
ORIAM KIDS| CLASSES & INFLATABLES
Sport & Fitness| Weekly Term-time Activities
Oriam Kids are back for the summer term with new classes and inflatables sessions every week.
This term we have introduced two new sports classes for Netball and Rugby alongside our ever popular mini multi-sports, athletics and balance bikes. There are still a few places left for this term, so get your kids booked in now!
Our Inflatables sessions are Friday Mornings 10:00 – 12:00 this term. Inflatables bookings are available on our Oriam App, 7 days in advance.
For more details visit our Community Sport Page
NATIONAL WALKING MONTH
Walking Wednesdays| Online/Outdoors| Free
May is National Walking Month and our Fitness team are here to help you get out and about, to enjoy some of the great local walking routes this Spring. To celebrate National Walking Month, we will be posting top tips, route suggestions and more in our Walking Wednesdays! Keep your eyes peeled for more details coming very soon.
May is shaping to be a busy month for all types of events at Oriam. Not all events are open to the public, but we will share regular updates when we can. If you are interested in booking your own event with us at Oriam, please complete our Online Enquiry form to start the process!
SSS (Scottish Student Sport) hosted two successful football finals at Oriam this month. Find out more about the competition and final results here. If you’ve not heard of SSS before, they are an organisation focussed on sports opportunities for Scottish Universities and Colleges.
Scottish Student Men’s Football Final
On Wednesday 13th April, we witnessed a tense match between Heriot-Watt University and University of Stirling in the Scottish Student Men’s Football Final! Heriot-Watt secured a monumental victory to lift the Queen’s Park Shield. The Shield returns to Heriot-Watt after a 16 year wait! It was a fantastic win at home for the team.
You can read the full article on the SSS website here
Scottish Student Women’s Football Final
On Wednesday 20th April, SSS returned to Oriam for the Women’s Football Final. The University of St Andrews met The University of Stirling in a gripping match. The winners would lift the newly renamed #SheCanSheWill Cup.
The closely fought match finished overtime in a 0-0 draw. In a nail-biting penalty time, St Andrews clinch a 3-2 victory.
You can read the full article on the SSS website here
We have a calendar packed with activities and events this spring. Find out more about what we have planned for you this April!
WALKING FOOTBALL| CHARITY MATCH FOR DNIPRO ORPHANS
Oriam Indoor Pitch| Monday 11th April | 2pm
Oriam and Hearts Walking Football groups have come together for a special Walking Football Event to help raise support for Dnipro Orphans from Ukraine. Both teams have Ukrainian members and the groups both felt compelled to do what they can to support the people of Ukraine during this terrible time. Entry is free, Donations are welcome.
APRIL HOLIDAYS| KIDS SPORT CAMPS
Oriam Sport & Fitness| 19th – 22nd April
The April Edinburgh Holidays are almost here and we have some great activities to keep the kids busy whilst school is out. We have two exciting camps available this April, filled with fun sports games and skills development.
Oriam Kids Activity Camp| Age 5-12 years| 09:30 – 12:30 | £70
Action packed camp filled with a wide range of fun sports games and skills. The perfect opportunity for your kids to try new activities and meet new friends during the holidays. Early 09:00 drop-off available for an additional £10 for the week.
For more details visit our Community Sport Page
APRIL HOLIDAYS| INFLATABLE FUN
Oriam Sports Hall One| All Ages| £6.50 per child
Let the kids burn-off some energy during the holidays in one of our Inflatable Fun Sessions! Each session is open to all ages. Our Inflatable fun-run, bouncy castle and mini inflatable will all be there with plenty of soft play toys too.
Monday 11th April| 10am-12pm
Friday 15th April| 10am-12pm
Tuesday 19th April| 1:30-3:30pm
Friday 22nd April| 1:30-3:30pm
Inflatables sessions open for booking 7 days in advance. You can book your space on our Oriam App in the Your Classes section.
ORIAM WALLED GARDEN| SATURDAYS | 09:30 | FREE
Did you know we host Parkrun at Oriam every Saturday morning? It is a fun, non-competitive 5k run around our grounds, starting and finishing in our walled garden. With the weather warming up it is a great time to get outdoors, meet new people and set your new personal best on a fun 5k route. Entry is always free, you can find out more on the Oriam Parkrun page, linked here.
April is shaping to be a busy month for all types of events at Oriam. This month we look forward hosting everything from youth football tournaments to professional training camps, Handball matches to Biathlon competitions and much more. The weekend of the 30th April -1st May will be particularly busy for our facilities. Not all events are open to the public, but we will share regular updates when we can. If you are interested in booking your own event with us at Oriam, please complete our Online Enquiry form to start the process!
On Sunday 6th March, come along and show your support Oriam select football team who take on a Back Onside select team to celebrate the launch of the new partnership. Oriam’s team combines Oriam staff and Heriot-Watt University Football Club (HWUFC) alumni, while Back Onside’s team will include a number of current and ex professional footballers that the charity has supported or worked with.
Back Onside are a Scottish mental health charity who by partnering with Oriam are aiming to help people’s mental health through the medium of sport.
The match will take in Oriam’s indoor pitch with a 1pm kick off (spectator access from 12). Tickets are priced at £5 per person and available to buy here – Eventbrite| Back Onside v Oriam Charity Football Match
The Oriam squad will be managed by current Heriot-Watt University Football Club (HWUFC) Head Coach, Banji Koya, who will have a strong squad to choose from, including eight ex-Heriot-Watt players/ coaches:
Ross Campbell (Oriam, Montrose & ex HWUFC)
Anton Dowds (Falkirk & ex HWUFC)
Aidan Quinn (Montrose & ex HWUFC)
Chris Donnelly (HWUFC)
Omar Kader (ex HWUFC)
Gav Malin (ex HWUFC)
Chris Smith (ex HWUFC)
Chris Sellar (Oriam/ ex HWUFC)
Also joining the HWUFC alumni are Oriam staff and friends of Oriam, including:
Stevie Crawford (East Fife)
Danny Denholm (East Fife)
Kieran Kennedy (Oriam)
John Lowe (Oriam)
Isaac Mackie (Oriam & HWUFC)
Amber Robertson (Oriam)
Mark Leslie (SFA)
Stew Fowlie (Scottish Student Sport)
Facing the Oriam squad will be the likes of Rab Douglas (ex Celtic), Tam McManus (ex Hibs), Jamie Walker (Bradford FC & ex Hearts) and Danny Swanson (East Fife), among an array of ex professional players.
Player sponsorship opportunities are still available at £100 per player and anyone interested should email email@example.com
Get along and show your support to the team, while raising some valuable money for Back Onside.
Back Onside are delighted to announce their new partnership with Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre. Opened in 2016, Oriam is perhaps best known for playing host to a range of high performance sports groups such as Hearts, SRU and SFA however the centre also provides a wide range of health & physical activity services to students, staff and the local community. With Back Onside being focused on supporting people with their mental health through sport-based activity, it seems the perfect partnership and both are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. While Back Onside’s beginnings are firmly planted within football, the charity is keen to work with many more sports to provide mental health support.
To kick off the partnership, Oriam are hosting a charity match on 6th March which will see Back Onside Select dust off their boots for the first time since November and take on an Oriam Select side. As part of their partnership, Oriam will continue to host vital fundraising matches for Back Onside throughout the year as well as providing space for meetings and support the launch and running of the new Back Onside Academy. Back Onside in return will provide support and counselling services to Oriam staff and Heriot-Watt Sports Union volunteers and help promote positive wellbeing & mental health to their members. Libby Emmerson, Back Onside Founder said:
“We are so excited about our new partnership with Oriam. After a tough couple of years for our charity due to Covid restrictions stopping all our big fundraising events, this feels like a great way to kick off 2022. We can’t wait to see where this partnership takes us as we have shared values and goals making it the perfect match for both sides.”Libby Emmerson, Back Onside Founder
Founded on shared set of beliefs, Chris Sellar, Head of Delivery at Oriam, hopes the partnership will create a home away from home for the charity and the people they support. He also said:
“We are really excited about this new partnership with Back Onside as we are completely aligned on the value of sport and physical activity to create and maintain positive mental health. At Oriam, we are passionate about providing services that will enable positive physical and mental health and this underpins a lot of what we do. Back Onside has been growing in reach and impact over the last few years and we are delighted to be in a position to help support their growth at an exciting stage in their development through this partnership. We have many exciting ideas to bring to life under this new relationship, starting with the much anticipated Oriam select v Back Onside select charity match”Chris Sellar, Head of Delivery at Oriam
Back Onside is a Scottish based charity committed to tackling mental health illness. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health illness each year in the UK, yet only a quarter of these people receiving treatment, Back Onside work with both individuals and teams to tackle this, offering support and encouraging recovery through sport activities. They are focused on helping people by promoting self-confidence, raising self-esteem, unlocking inner potential and promoting sports-based activity. Back Onside are proud to count Sheridan Smith & Gary Hollywood amongst their Patrons as well as Ambassadors from the sporting world including footballers Kris Doolan & Junior Mendes & Scottish Rugby professional Fraser Brown.
For more information, please contact Libby Emmerson on 07528 243 100 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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