Introduction and club history

Heriot-Watt badminton club is a very friendly club that has been part of Heriot-Watt since the very start. We have lots of members with a wide variety of abilities. We cater for people from beginner all the way to advanced.

We run two social badminton nights a week for people to come along and play to have fun and meet new people without any pressure on how good you are. Doubles matches are played with plastic shuttles on four courts. Last year we had over 120 members so you are bound to meet new people.

If you want to play more competitively, the club committee run a ropey ladder. You can play against others with similar ability at a time convenient to you. These are singles games, best of three, which are good for really improving your badminton and socialising with other members more. These leagues are open to anyone in the club.

For those advanced players looking for more of a challenge, we have a team that plays in the BUCS league amongst other teams from all over Scotland.

We are always welcoming new members. So please come along on Monday and Thursdays and join in.

Our club charter

We aim to provide the following service to our members:

  • To provide an opportunity for any member to practice on a weekly basis.
  • To provide a range of competitive opportunities to allow members to compete either individually or within a team for the University.
  • To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the Sport.

What does a typical season involve?

We run simple social sessions where people come along to play doubles in a relaxing, fun environment.

There are three sessions on each week:

  • Mondays, 5:30-7pm, Sports Hall 1 Court 1 (team)
  • Mondays, 7-10pm, Sports Hall 2 (open)
  • Thursdays, 5-8pm, Sports Hall 2 (open)
  • Thursdays, 8-10pm, Sports Hall 2 (team)

Team training is for more advanced players only to support the preparation of the team for league matches. Our Badminton coach attends these sessions.

How do I join the club?

Email the club on badminton@hw.ac.uk or turn up on Monday or Thursday open sessions.

There are no special requirements. You get first session for free then club membership costs £10 on top of the sports centre fees. There is an additional fee of £15 if you are selected for the team which supports the costs of the additional activity you access.You can pay the fee(s) either at the Oriam reception or online.