Introduction and club history

Set up 4 years ago as part of the recreational sport programme, Heriot-Watt Tennis quickly established enough dedicated members to set up a committee and write its own constitution. Since 2012 the club has been run independently within the Sports Union.

We are committed to providing opportunities to any and all people who share an interest in tennis, regardless of their ability and available time to commit to extra-curricular sport. As such we offer competition, coaching and socials aimed at the entire membership which you are welcome to attend.

Our club charter

We aim to provide the following service to all our members:

  1. To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the Sport.
  2. To provide a range of competitive opportunities to allow members to compete individually or for the University.

What does a typical session involve?

Training Times

  • Tuesday - 5:30 - 7:00pm (Soft Tennis - Open)
  • Wednesday - 1:15 - 4:15pm (Club/Open)
  • Friday - 6:30 - 7:30pm (Women)
  • Friday - 6:30 - 9:30pm (Team)

You should speak to the club coach regarding the session you should attend. All sessions take place at Edinburgh Sports Club with the exception of Tuesday's soft tennis session which takes place in SH2 in Oriam.

Beginners

Fun warm up and general fitness to increase flexibility and improve on agility, balance, co-ordination and speed .

Groundies: A general introduction to the game and working on the basics of tennis and the foundation of shots and fun competition within the class

Intermediates/Advanced

Tennis-specific warm up to improve on ABC’s and prevent injury as well as improve stamina and fitness Development coaching on specific shots Game strategies Competition.

Competitions

As part of our inclusive remit, Heriot-Watt Tennis Club endeavours to provide every member with the opportunity to compete with other players.

This is done primarily using a competitive mixed league. Entries are open from Week 1 until Tuesday Week 2. Information on entry is available upon request. Entrants are divided into groups, and have the rest of the semester to organise and play their matches for points. Winners are promoted, losers demoted, and the league run again the following semester. More details and the league rules are provided upon entry.

BUCS team tennis is available for experienced and competent club-level players. The format tests both your singles and doubles ability. Men must pay a £5 fee to help cover the cost of match teas. The men’s captain is in charge of team selection; please do not pay the fee unless you have been instructed to do so by him.

Finally the women’s captain will organise a number of friendly BUCS-format fixtures against universities and local women’s teams throughout the year.

Socials

The sports union has a very busy social calendar, Wednesday nights in particular are popular sports union nights. The tennis club tries to compliment this with nights out of our own, be it watching the US Open, celebrating our BUCS success or even playing laser tag simply because it is amazing fun. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming socials and please get involved!

How do I join the club?

Simply sign up for us at Oriam Reception, it's £15 for students to join the club and an additional £5 for team members. Fee includes club session coaching and equipment hire. You must sign up for an Oriam membership to join any sports club at Heriot-Watt. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us on Tennis@hw.ac.uk and we will respond to you very shortly.