Radialympics: Derek Doyle
Derek’s title takes inspiration from the IwB description of the area as The Camden Radial. This is another project that will be realised as it taps into the existing DIT facilities in the area. Derek describes the project below:
Within the Camden Radial there is an apparent lack of outdoor amenities and outdoor sports facilities.
The area as well, appears to lack a sense of community and it is something which I felt needed to be built upon. Taking these factors into consideration, the idea which I came up with was the Radialympics.
The Radialympics is an outdoor sports event which will aim to bring the community of the Camden Radial closer together through sporting activities. By using what the area does have (road networks, paths, a canal area) I was hoping to create an event which would get people out of their houses, out of their jobs and out actively getting fit while building a new conversation for the area.
For funding, I hoped to gain sponsorship from businesses, as they could donate money or prizes which would help in the running of events and give people something to compete for. In a bid to gain some backing/funding I contacted several members of staff from DIT about the project and ended up meeting with two members off of the sports board of DIT, Niamh O’Callaghan and Herbie McClelland. In the meeting I explained what the idea was and how it could potentially function. The idea went down very well and I obtained the full backing and support of the DIT sports board. They requested that I run this idea in conjunction with DIT latest sports facility as a launch for both my project and their facilities, which I agreed to.
Recently, DIT Kevin Street opened their new sports facilities (www.fit2goclub.ie) which includes an 18 metre pool, a studio and weights room. As of yet there has been no official launch of the facility to the public which has resulted in only 60 people from the local community having taken out a membership. DIT is fully functional with students for only 6 months of a year and the other 6 months the college is quiet and vacant. This lul period ideally needs to have an influx of people from the community to make the facility viable. The cost for joining the gym per annum is €200, but for unemployed is €180.
Since there has been no official launch of the facility, Niamh and Herbie agreed to have an official launch day on May 31st. The day will be run for the community and will host a myriad of free classes and workshops to try and capture the community. The fit club has 10 members of staff, all of which will be present on the launch day to help out the public by offering workshops and classes.
By accepting their offer of running the Radialympics conjunction with DIT, it makes the Radialympics grow legs and have a platform in which it can start off of. It also allows the Radialympics to have a central hub on the day of the events so that people can meet and get information about what is to offer on the day. By working with DIT, the Radialympics has real scope and can change the conversation of the area.