The Sports Academy

The Sports Academy at ‘the Watt’ was developed in conjunction with top Edinburgh professional side Heart of Midlothian.  The Hearts club has now made the Academy its administrative and training base and now uses its Tynecastle ground only for matches.

The John Brydson Arena, which is part of the Academy, contains a grass pitch and a synthetic pitch, both floodlit, with paving to provide hard standing for spectators.  Indoors, there is a half-size pitch with the same surface as the pitch in the Brydson Arena; both these playing areas were renewed in 2015 using the best synthetic material available.

The University club has regular access to the facilities, although the arrival on campus of the ‘Oriam’ Sports Performance Centre has changed the situation.  The grass pitch previously used for Heriot-Watt home games has been re-laid and is reserved for special purposes.  University matches are now played on the new top-grade synthetic surface in the Brydson Arena or on the indoor synthetic within Oriam.  This has the benefit of ensuring that matches are almost never postponed due to pitch problems; and also means that when training takes place indoors, the surface is the same as that used for matches.

The Watt’s training facilities remain the envy of most professional football clubs in Scotland.