Professional Urban Sports Coaching

We have been refining our approach to coaching Urban Action sports for many years and our coaches are constantly training to ensure the highest standards are met. We’re confident that if you have the ambition to progress your skills in your chosen field, we can back that up with expert training.

Our motivational coaches coupled with our know-how and equipment will get you to where you want to be. Whether its increased levels of fitness or confidence to perform world-class moves like backflips and flairs, 1-2-1 lessons and coaching clubs will take you there.

Why Choose Thunder Sports Academy

Thunder Academy is more than just a skatepark with some ramps to play on!

Our Action Sports arena is designed to motivate and inspire progression. We’ve created an Action Sports park suitable for all levels and abilities. Our park layout welcomes beginners while remaining advanced for leading professional. This challenging environment coupled with world-class athlete staff and instructors will ensure your experience with us is an exciting and progressive one.

Don’t worry about having all the right equipment for your first training session with us. We hire out everything you could need so you can try out any of the activities available with minimal investment. Furthermore, equipment is provided free at coaching club nights. We make “dropping the kids off “ a safe and enjoyable experience. We supervise all activities all the time.

Getting To Thunder Sports Academy

Every measure has been taken to make it as easy and convenient to visit our facilities.

The park is strategically located in North Down, with ease of access by train, bus, car or foot and with ample parking facilities. Open 7 days a week and with skill boosting clubs running weekly, there’s always something going on and reasons to visit us.

Read on to discover how to join one of our many coaching clubs which run weekly.

100% result guarantee

Famous trainers

5 years of experience

1500+ happy clients

Flexible timetable

Comfortable location

Choose Your Urban Sport!

Action Sport Specialists

We offer up a variety of Urban Sports taster session workshops through our mothership company Urban Excel. If you would like to try BMX, Skateboarding, Scootering, Parkour, Graffiti Art, or Djing, then get in touch today.

Available across the UK & Ireland | Ages 6+

BMX Lessons

Our BMX team are passionate enthusiasts with a wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching, mentoring and live stunt shows. They’re also eager competitors in the world of Freestyle BMX. It’s our mission to raise our student’s confidence and skill level to allow them the same freedom and self-expression that we’ve enjoyed for decades.

BMX bikes are available for hire.

Scooter Coaching

With the best in local Freestyle Scooter talent at the helm of our coaching lessons, your guaranteed the expert knowledge and experience needed to fly through the ranks of Scooter Stardom in Ireland. We offer weekly clubs for progressing Scooter skills and run regular competitions with the best in the world in attendance to get your Scooter buzz well and truly going.

Scooters are available for hire.

Skateboard Training

We make a point to work with the best and with Skateboarding, there’s no exception. We have the most decorated Irish Skate athletes at the head of our Skateboard lessons. We run Skate events and coaching days to allow newcomers to get ahead of the game.

Skateboards are available for hire.

Mini Rocker Classes

Mini Rockers are pretty new on the Action Sports scene and to support the Rocker buzz, we have dedicated Mini Rocker coaching sessions available. Ideal for slow speed use, Mini Rockers are great cruising and hopping mini jump ramps. These keep the little ones challenged and having fun in the safest way possible.

Mini Rockers are available for hire.

Freeestyle MTB Coaching

Small wheels or big, we can deliver expert-level coaching. If your keen for Freestyle MTB with 24” wheels and upwards, we know all the best places to get air across Northern Ireland. With jump boxes, flowing pump tracks and world-class resi ramps and foam pits  – you’ll be upside down and taking to great heights in no time under the expert guidance of our Freestyle instructors.

Freestyle MTBs are available for hire.

DJ & Breakdance Workshops

Our Action Sports package wouldn’t be complete without having the atmosphere and groove of local DJ’s on hand to take you through the music mixing ropes. We work with leading breakdance artists and provide workshops so you can get your groove on with some fresh Breakdance moves. If you’re planning an exciting day out for your group and want to mix up the adrenaline fuelled action with DJ & Breakdance workshops, we have everything you need.

Meet Our Instructors

What Our Students & Parents Say


My 7 year old son had an amazing experience with his first lesson today.

He learnt loads and is full of excitement for his next lesson. It’s given him loads of confidence to try out all the tips he was taught. His instructor was very patient and made him feel very comfortable and confident. Many thanks.

Emma-Claire Hall

Parent, Belfast

Really awesome classes, my son loved it!

Big thanks to the guys for setting up a great Skills coaching course at the Stoneyford Community fete. The kids all had a fantastic time. Great way to keep fit and active while learning new skills. Would highly recommend to everyone.

Kirsty Mckeown

Parent, Lisburn

Had a coaching session with Matt at the Skatepark

… where he showed me the ins and outs of double peg grids. He was full of advice and encouragement, breaking down the physical but also the mental process of the trick. Would recommend to anyone looking to progress at any part of their riding skills.

Luke Taylor

12, Belfast
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Absolutely spot on here.

Took a novice like me and managed to make me not kill myself or anyone else. I definitely would have not improved this much on my own and now have the confidence to try new things. Will definitely be back in the near future.

Carl Duke

24, Newtownabbey


1-2-1 Lessons

£30 for 60 minutes

  • Disciplines taught – BMX | Scooter | MTB | Skateboarding
  • Each lesson is led by a professional athlete instructor
  • All safety and sporting equipment is provided
  • A coaching progress report is collated and presented to the student after each lesson
  • After the lesson, students are invited to a 30-minute practice session
  • Enquire today for available slots and to book

Coaching Clubs

£30 to join

£10 to attend weekly lessons

  • Upon joining, you’ll receive a club T-shirt & sticker pack
  • We offer a structured progression system with a weekly progress report for each club member
  • We issue certificates and awards to recognise key milestones and achievements
  • Prize giving ceremonies and competitions are held regularly
  • Students learn fundamental skills while honing bike control and balance
  • We also teach bike maintained, park etiquette and risk management
  • Most importantly, we always have fun

Book Your Coaching Session Today!


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If you’re new to urban sports and just want to give it a go, this is the best place to start. There are no commitments. Just send us your details and we’ll get in touch asap!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What age do you have to be to get coaching?

A minimum of 4 years old to use the Mini Rocker pump track and 6+ years to use the main ramps. Coaching clubs are recommended for under 10’s to boost skills, work on park etiquette and reduce risk.

Do you coach adults?

Yes. No one is too old to give Action Sports a go. Whether you’re new to the sport or returning, we can coach anyone. The ramps are the same but the pace and style of coaching is altered slightly to meet the needs of the student.

What equipment do I need to join coaching clubs?

We offer a selection of safety and sporting equipment that can be hired for public use. All our equipment is of a high standard, is regularly checked and maintained for optimum safety. If you wish to bring your own equipment, please ensure it is safely maintained as you are responsible for your equipment and any failure is your responsibility.

We recommend that enthusiasts purchase and use a comprehensive level of safety protection like ankle guards, shin guards, knee pads, gloves, a helmet and if you’d like extra protection, elbow pads and a gum shield. These can be purchased online and from a variety of local sports stores. We also have some to purchase in our shop. If you would like more advice on this please ask one of the team.

What happens if someone gets hurt?

Our staff and instructors are experienced and trained to deal with mishaps big and small. Immediate care and attention will be given to someone if they have an accident and parents will be notified immediately. We also produce an official accident report which will be kept on record. Skate parks are a high-risk sporting arena due to the nature of the activities. It is recommended that all visitors do their best to protect themselves with safety equipment and it’s our responsibility to ensure that all ramp structures are safely maintained and fit for purpose.

Can I book your venue for a large group activity session?

Yes, we can accommodate large group bookings and have up to 10 different activities that would accommodate 100 participants simultaneously engaged in the activity. These can at a venue of your choosing. Please get in touch with specific requirements and for a quote.

When are you open?

The opening hours for Thunder Park are 3-10pm weekdays and 12-10pm on weekends. There will be extended opening hours during school holidays and public holidays. If you would like to book our venue outside of our listed opening hours, please get in contact with specific requirements and we will try to accommodate if possible.

Do I need to book?

You only need to book in advance for coaching lessons, birthday parties and group workshop activities. Public visitors are welcome within the displayed opening hours, 7 days a week.

To see our opening hours and prices for more information.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes, Thunder Park is a high-risk environment with high-risk activities. It is best practice if all visitors, regardless of age or ability, are wearing helmets to protect themselves and others around them. Of course, if you are taking part in an activity like parkour, dance, DJing and art, then you don’t need to wear a helmet.

What Clothes should I wear?

We would recommend where possible that you wear unrestrictive clothing that allows for full freedom of movement and flat rubber-soled shoes for gripping adequately to a skateboard, pedals or scoot deck.

Do I need to stay and supervise my kids?

Not if you don’t want to. You are allowed to leave your children with us if you wish. However, we must be able to contact you at all times. So, if you’re leaving your child unsupervised, please leave your contact details at the sign in desk.

We run a strict zero-tolerance policy. Attendees behaviour is constantly monitored for everyone safety and enjoyment. We pride ourselves on offering a safe controlled environment for everyone to enjoy Action Sports together.

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3-10pm Weekdays | 12-10pm Weekends

Eddie Irvine Sports, 41 Balloo Road, Bangor, County Down, BT19 7PG

028 9145 1457 - (Eddie Irvine Sports Reception)