The Sports Union is a student focussed organisation responsible for Heriot-Watt's sporting needs.
We offer Heriot-Watt students the perfect opportunity to join a club, receive coaching and compete in your chosen sport at higher education level.
Try your first session for free!
You can take advantage of our 'First Session Free' initiative by attending an appropriate Club session for free as long as it is your first time. Please note that in the event of a club having more than one team training you can only attend the session of the lowest team for free. For information on club training times see the individual sports club pages.
Fresher's coming to Heriot-Watt have so many sporting opportunities to enhance their student experience. Our Sport Union offers competitive, recreational and volunteering opportunities to all our students. Along with these opportunities come the social aspect where meeting friends and being a part of our Sports Union family is where it all begins. Fresher's can find out more information at our Festival of Sport and Exercise (FSE) taking place during fresher's week (Tuesday until Thursday) , at our Sports Fair on Wednesday of week one between 2-4pm or they can email the club (ClubName @hw.ac.uk) or the Sports Union President (SUPresident@hw.ac.uk) for immediate information.
To sign up to all FSE Book On sessions, please click on the respective sports book on links in the table below. For details of all other FSE sesisons on offer please see the flyer adjacent.
|Sport||Date||Book On Link|
|Equestrian||Wednesday 10th September||Book On Now|
|Hockey||Thursday 11th September||Book On Now|
|Kayak||Wednesday 10th September||Book On Now|
|Mountain Biking||Saturday 13th September||Book On Now|
|Mountaineering||Tuesday 9th September||Book On Now|
|Rowing||Sunday 14th September||Book On Now|
|Snowsports*||Thursday 2nd October||Book On Now|
|Swimming||Wednesday 10th September||Book On Now|
*Please note that the first taster session for Snowsports does not take place during Fresher's week. Snowsports also offer lessons in both Skiing and Snowboarding, for more details of how to book onto these lessons please go to the snowports club page on the website.
How to join the Sports Union
In order to join one of our clubs you must first become a member of the Centre for Sport & Exercise. After joining the CSE you can then join any of our sports clubs by paying the appropriate club fee.
In order to join one of our Recreational Sports Clubs, you need to pay the respective joining fee (normally £10) which you can do either online or at our front desk. You then have the option of taking out a facility membership or using the 'Pay As you Play' option.
Sports Union social events
The SU can also improve your social life by creating opportunities for you to meet with your team mates before, during and after training and games or through one of our organised events.
Highlights of the SU social calendar are the annual ceilidh, SU Ball, and the Blues & Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
Structure of the Sports Union
The SU is headed by a Sabbatical President and an elected student Executive Committee. It is based on a foundation of volunteers, from club officials to SU Executive Officers. This creates a perfect opportunity to get involved, make a difference and have fun!
The Sports Union Charter explains the SU's responsibilities in providing its members with the opportunity of a worthwhile sporting experience at Heriot-Watt University.
Sports Union partners
Heriot-Watt University Sports Union is proud to be in partnership with KPMG. The partnership, with one of the leading financial firms in the world, will provide financial support for the Sports Union and provide the Sports Union's members an opportunity to further their careers with KPMG. Find out more about the careers and opportunities that KPMG can offer.
Our Charitable partner is Penumbra, who offer a range of services to support people that are effected by mental health issues. Heriot Watt Sports Union feel that raising money and giving something back to society is important. Our partnership with Penumbra looks to deliver the following three key aims:
- Enhance the profile of Penumbra
- Volunteer opportunities for students
You can follow the progress of the Sports Union fundraising for Penumbra.
Sports Union clothing
Our clothing partner is Kukri, who provide a range of leisure items through the Squirrel Sports website.
Kukri is an International Sportswear Company supplying teamwear - that’s playing, training, leisurewear and accessories - for over 76 different sports.
They partner thousands of schools, universities, grass-roots and elite teams all over the world, including Scottish Athletics, London Wasps, England Netball, Lancashire County Cricket Clubs and Wycombe Wanderers FC to name a few.
They are all about teams – they love being part of a great team, and are proud to be the Official Kit Supplier to Heriot-Watt University Sports Union.
Team Kukri would like to wish Heriot-Watt Sports Union teams the very best of luck for this season. They would love to hear from the teams so let them know how you progress by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Don’t forget to upload your team photos so Kukri can support you along the way!