New urban sports centre in Bangor to create 10 jobs

Thunder Park is set to open at Eddie Irvine Sports in May. Pictured are BMX Rider Joel Harper, Thomas Fegan, centre director at Eddie Irvine Sports and Matt Gillespie from Thunder Park.
Gareth McKeown

A NEW urban sports centre is to open in Bangor creating 10 jobs.

Thunder Park is set to open at Eddie Irvine Sports in May, offering facilities for BMX, skateboarding, scootering, roller blading and urban dance.

The brain child of Matt Gillespie, the venture represents a private investment of £70,000 and will provide up to 10 full and part time jobs.

Thunder Park will be Ireland's most progressive urban sport centre aimed at the 8 to 25-year-old market. The centre will include a range of ramps never seen before in Ireland as well as training areas, including a half-pipe, Parkour gym and foam pit.

Thunder Park will also be home to the Thunder Action Sports stunt team, who perform across the country.

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 ahead to the opening of the park, owner Matt Gillespie said:

"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."

Thomas Fegan, centre director of Eddie Irvine Sports added:

“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.”

Thunder Park is due to open at Eddie Irvine Sports in early May. For further details visit

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