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New Urban Sports Centre 

Thunder Park due to open in Bangor in May




A new urban sports centre offering unique sporting experiences including BMX, skate, scoot, rollerblade and urban dance is set to open at Eddie Irvine Sports, Bangor, in May this year. Called Thunder Park the venue aims to take Urban Sports in Ireland to new heights with never before seen coaching and facilities.  The brain child of Northern Ireland urban sports aficionado Matt Gillespie, Thunder Park represents a private investment of £70K providing up to 10 full and part time jobs.  

Thunder Park will be Ireland’s most progressive urban sport centre aimed at the 8-25yr old market. Whether you are a pro, enthusiast or first timer Thunder Park will offer a range of alternative sports provided by a specialist and experienced team in a supportive and safe environment.  Service and facilities will be wide ranging to ensure the product appeals to all levels and will include; a range of never before seen and a first for Ireland ramps and training areas including a half-pipe, Resi ramp Parkour Gym and foam pit; recreational space for children to get fit and develop their skills; wheel chair access to the urban sport experience; urban dance and scooter and weekly training and recreational clubs offering safe & progressive development of skills under expert guidance.  

Thunder Park will also be home to the Thunder Action Sports stunt team. The team perform nationwide entertaining crowds at key events with their phenomenal stunts and skills. Thunder Park will provide a space for the team to rehearse as well as an opportunity for them to share their knowledge and experience through facilitated coaching sessions and specialist training clubs for young and old to boost confidence, competence and heighten their skills.

Looking forward to the opening and owner of Thunder Park, Matt Gillespie, said:

“We are very excited about the opening of Thunder Park at Eddie Irvine Sports in May 2018. Our aim is to create Ireland’s premiere Urban Sports centre offering a high quality product and service for anyone interested in developing their skills in alternative sports or anyone who wants to try something new and have some fun - all  set within a supportive and safe environment. We also hope that the centre will help to create future Urban Sporting Champions as well as be utilised as a venue to help young people to develop positive life skills and inspire change. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Eddie Irvine Sports for their support in helping to make the dream of Thunder Park a reality.”

Supporting the launch of Thunder Park, Thomas Fegan, Centre Director of Eddie Irvine Sports added:

“Eddie Irvine Sports are delighted to be partnering with Thunder Action Sports and to bring another first to Northern Ireland. Having brought Karting, Paintball, 3G Football, Laser Combat, Padel Tennis, Bubble Football, Formula 1 Simulators and Moto Gp Simulators to our customers we are now delighted to be combining forces with Matt and his team of experts to introduce the biggest and best Indoor BMX and Skate park in Ireland.”


Also supporting the announcement Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Robert Adair, said:

 “I am really excited to see Eddie Irvine Sports extend their already fantastic facilities to include Thunder Park. It is something unique to the borough providing a safe environment for young people where they can enjoy themselves and meet likeminded peers, a place in which to practice and hone their skills, and where they can learn something new. I am sure it will not only draw in local residents but many from outside the area, especially with the added attraction of the Thunder Action Sports stunt team.”


Thunder Park is due to open at Eddie Irvine Sports in early May.  For further details visit  Facebook @Thunderparkireland and @thunderactionsports.

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