Welcome to the May edition of What's On at Oriam. As the days are getting brighter and (hopefully) a bit warmer we are preparing for a Spring and Summer full of sport! Don't go anywhere, we have plenty of new activities, sports and resources to share with you.

Good Luck for Exams! 

 Look after your wellbeing whilst you study

Oriam. Male Personal Trainer talking to female gym member walking along Oriam Street Corridor.

Exam season is now here, good luck to everyone preparing for end of year exams and coursework submissions. Remember to look after yourself with good sleep, good food and regular breaks to just move and breathe. 

The Heriot-Watt Wellbeing team have been rolling-out a new initiative for students across all campuses. They have introduced 'Brain Breaks' to teaching time, giving all students a chance to move, re-set and re-focus. These are simple wellbeing exercises that can be done with no equipment and limited space so you can also try them at home, in the office or the library.  

If you do need some extra support during a stressful time, there are many resources out there for mental health support. Heriot-Watt students can access support through the university here. Not a Heriot-Watt Student? You can visit our charity partners at Back Onside with mental health resources and emergency support. 

Clean Sport Week

How do Athletes and Support Staff prepare for the 'journey to the podium' with integrity?

Clean Sport Week

This summer is packed with international sport including the Olympics, Paralympics and Euros! For athletes and their support teams across the world, training and competing with integrity will be at the forefront, whilst they strive for those elusive podium places.

This includes some of our own Heriot-Watt and Oriam staff and students. Interested in learning more? Join us at Oriam for a two-part seminar on Wednesday 15th May from 5:30pm. Join Dr. Fergus Guppy, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Clean Sport Lead for Heriot-Watt University, and Vicky Ward, one of our expert Sport Scientists, to learn more about the ongoing research and real-life application of Clean Sport in the 'Journey to the Podium'. Check out our LinkedIn and Instagram for more top tips, facts and resources to help you train with integrity, no matter your level.

Oriam Youth Development Summer Camps

Bookings Open Soon

Oriam Youth Development Programme - Weight Training

Our Youth Development Programme has been growing from strength to strength and applications open soon for our new Summer Camps!

There will be two weeks available; 8th - 11th July and 15th - 18th July, following the same 4-day programme. This is a fantastic programme designed for young aspiring athletes aged 11 - 18 years. In each session participants will learn new strength and resistance training skills within the gym, alongside theory and developing their own personal training programme, all with expert guidance from our Sports Scientist, Vicky.

Junior Tennis
Summer Camps

Bookings Open Soon

minis and junior tennis - Scottish women and girls in sport week.

Oriam Tennis are excited to launch their first series of summer holiday camps for children aged from 5 - 13 years, with small groups assigned by age and experience.

The summer camps are open to all children within the age group, they do not need to already be part of the Tennis Programme.  

 Tennis programme classes will run as normal upto 30th June. There will be a 6 week break and will resume from 12th August. Go to our Minis and Juniors Tennis page for more class details.

Clinic Runners Support

Female client lying on physio treatment bed, face-up, Oriam Physio working on client's knee. Both wearing black.
We hope you are enjoying the longer, brighter days and getting out for a run. Whether you're just starting a Couch to 5k programme or training for the Edinburgh Marathon, it is important that you keep yourself feeling strong and comfortable with the right programme of rest, recovery and strength training. Our Clinic team are now offering a Running Clinic with access to guided gym sessions, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy access. Find out more about our Clinic services on our Clinic webpage or read more about the benefits of Physiotherapy for Runners here.

Three unexpected benefits of resistance training

Why we just can't resist some resistance training

Gym Routine - Squats

Jamie from our Fitness team has shared with us his top three unexpected benefits of regular Resistance Training. Fitness training trends come and go but resistance training is more than just a trend with many benefits, no matter what your fitness goals are. Find out more in the full article here. If you are unsure on how to get started, talk to Jamie or one of our fitness team or try personal training sessions to help you build confidence and technique. 

Let's Play Pickleball

Pay as you Play Pickleball now available at Oriam

Play Pickelball at Oriam. Light blue background with two grey pickleball rackets and a row of yellow pickleballs between them.

In case you missed it, we have added Pickleball to our Pay as You Play options. This is a fun and accessible racquet sport which is rapidly growing in popularity across the world. At Oriam you will be able to play Pickleball on our badminton courts in Sports Hall One and racquets and balls are available to hire at Reception for a small fee.

Head to our Instagram page to get some top tips from Jack on how to get started on pickleball. 


Here's a round-up of everything we have planned at Oriam for May. New Classes, activities and more coming for spring 2024.

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