The Club & The University

Heriot-Watt is a campus university situated on the western outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. The Football Club is the largest club affiliated to the University’s Sports Union and again this year has seven teams (six men’s teams and one women’s team) competing in inter-university competition (BUCS – British Universities and Colleges Sport).

The Club is also a member of the East of Scotland Football Association and on Saturdays its men’s First Team plays in the East of Scotland League, a Senior league which has traditionally been one of the main feeders to the Scottish League for any vacancies which arise (although the insertion of the Lowland League between the East of Scotland and the Scottish Football League means that the relationship is no longer a direct one).

Both the Men’s and the Women’s First Teams won their respective Divisions of the BUCS Scottish Conference last season to gain promotion:  the Men to Division 1A (the top division of the Conference) and the Women to Division 2A (the second-top division).

As well as in student football, there have been fine achievements by Heriot-Watt in East of Scotland football, as shown on the ‘East of Scotland League’ button, most recently by the HWUFC Under-20 side, which last season won the prestigious Lowland & East of Scotland Under-20 Development League.  The Watt side operates in collaboration with our Community Club partners, Currie Star and Currie FC.  The Club also enters its Reserve Team into the Lothian & Edinburgh FA Amateurs, where it plays in Lothian West Division.

The Club enjoys some of the finest facilities in Scotland for both training and matches. The button for ‘The Sports Academy’ tells the story of a fruitful collaboration between Heriot-Watt University and one of Scotland’s foremost professional clubs to provide superb training facilities and a first-rate pitch which is in often used for representative matches and cup finals.  Now Scotland’s new Sports Performance Centre, Oriam, has been constructed on the Heriot-Watt campus at Riccarton. Oriam features a full-size indoor football pitch with seated viewing for 500 spectators.

So if you’re a keen football player who’s looking ahead towards a choice of university at which to study, you’ll find much to recommend Heriot-Watt University, which is well regarded for its academic performance and which can also offer you the best facilities around for your sport. If you’ve already made the decision to come to the University, contact the Club and begin your Watt football career.