Introduction and club history

Heriot-Watt University Football Club is the largest club affiliated to the University's Sports Union and participates in both student competition and local football. Many members regard inter-university football, which is played on a Wednesday afternoon during term time, as the fundamental activity of the club.

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British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)

HWUFC fields six men's and one women's team each year in the BUCS Scottish Conference which consists of nine men's leagues and three women's.

A couple of years ago, BUCS decided to introduce domestic cup competitions to the schedule and there is now the Conference Cup for the higher-rated teams and the Conference Plate for the lower-rated ones. This provides additional playing opportunities for our teams during the domestic season.

The Queen's Park Shield is the historic trophy presented to the winners of the Queens Park Shield Tournament. The shield is only available to the top twelve 1st teams in Scotland. The Watt has a great record in recent seasons in this competition, winning five out of the last ten, and although we missed out narrowly to Stirling two years ago, we'll be doing our best again this session to bring back the magnificent shield to the Watt trophy cabinet.

East of Scotland League

Heriot-Watt has also been a member of the East of Scotland League since 1971 and will play in the premier division of the league this season.

The East of Scotland League is a senior league that sits under the newly formed Lowland League.

In the Scottish Cup, there have been notable wins by Lowland League teams over Scottish League sides, especially in recent seasons, in which The Spartans has twice reached the fourth round. Other well known names include Whitehill Welfare, Edinburgh City, Civil Service Strollers, Gala Fairydean and Edinburgh University.

The 1st team are currently in the premier division and are considered one of the teams who could threaten for the league.

Player pathway

The club have adopted a player pathway which allows players to develop through our system of U20s (who compete in the respective East of Scotland/Lowland division) and then into the 1st team. Our third team compete in the Edinburgh West league.

Our ever-emerging partnership with Currie Star Football Club gives an opportunity for anyone in the local community to participate in football from 8 years old through into the adult game.

Our club charter

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

  1. To provide an opportunity for any student to participate in a regular form of football appropriate to their desire and ability.
  2. To ensure that the 1st team are appropriately supported to ensure they compete in the East of Scotland Premier League.
  3. To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the Sport.

What does a typical season involve?


Training for each team is as follows:

Team Day Time Facility
1st Team Monday
7.00 - 8.30pm
7.00 - 8.30pm
Outdoor Synthetic 
Academy Synthetic
Ladies Monday 5.30 - 7.00pm Academy Synthetic 
U20 Team Monday
7.00 - 8.30pm
5.30 - 7.00pm
Outdoor Synthetic 
Academy Synthetic
3rd Team Monday
5.30 - 7.00pm
5.30 - 7.00pm
Indoor Synthetic 
Outdoor Synthetic 
4th Team Monday 5.30 - 7.00pm Indoor Synthetic 
5th Team Monday 5.30 - 7.00pm Indoor Synthetic 
6th Team Monday 5.30 - 7.00pm Indoor Synthetic 
Sunday League Sunday 6.00 - 8.00pm Outdoor Synthetic 


Every team, excluding the U20s, compete in the University leagues (BUCS) on a Wednesday afternoon during semester.

The men's 1st team, U20s team, and 3rd team all compete on a Saturday.

How do I join the club?

The club host trials at the beginning of the semester to allow all new players the chance to impress our coaches. If you miss these trials then contact our football coordinator ( who will be able to advise you on which session you attend.

Our weekly sevens is open to all club members free of charge. Teams will be picked on a weekly basis from those that attend so everyone plays every week. If you have a team you wish to enter then you can do so by contacting the Football Coordinator.

If you feel that you have played at a high standard before Heriot-Watt and would like to train with a higher team, then email us explaining your intentions and a CV of your previous clubs.

After your first free training session you must be a member to train. Membership for the Men's Football Club is £35 (£20 for women) on top of your Oriam membership, both of which can be purchased at the Oriam reception. This gives you membership to the club and access to Wednesday football.

If you wish to play weekend football then an additional fee of £30, to those above, is payable at reception which supports the additional costs of officials.

Are there any trials?

There are trials at the beginning of the academic year. For more information, visit our Facebook page (, follow our Twitter @hwufc or drop an email. Please refer to the section above on 'How do I join the club?' for further information if you miss the trial process.

Key information

Football Development