Tuesday 24 April 2018

Council willing to help develop BMX facility

Nicola Donnelly

FINGAL County Council has stated that it would be willing to help develop a BMX facility in Swords if effective management structures are in place.

The Council wants interested parties to establish Swords BMX Club, with the support of BMX Ireland, before they can engage with the group with a view to developing such a facility on an incremental basis over a number of years.

This follows representations made by Cllr Anne Devitt to have an update on the discussions with the BMX Association with a view to providing such a facility in the town.

The Council responded by stating that a BMX facility to be established in the area has been mooted on a number of occasions and the Operations Department has each time made it clear that while supportive of the proposal, it would have to be managed by a properly constituted and insured club that would be affiliated to BMX Ireland.

'This is a dangerous sport that has the potential for life-changing injuries,' the Council stated. 'It would not be practical or desirable to provide such a facility for children without effective management structures first being in place.'

Brendan Masterson, along with teenagers Brian Gillen (16) and Patrick Bradley (17) are heading a campaign to have such a facility built in the area.

They have recently set up an online survey which they want people in Swords to complete so they can gauge people's interest in the facility.

The initial concept for a BMX track came about when Brian, who is ranked No 3 in Ireland in the National BMX championships and his friend Patrick, who is ranked No 1 in the country, wanted to be able to practise locally and have the track open for other youngsters to take up the sport.

'We need to be able to show the Council that there is a demand in Swords for such a resource so we want people who are interested to add their name to our petition and fill out the survey,' he said.

The survey is available at

Fingal Independent