Hampshire Cricket & Red Funnel unite to promote Test Match

17-07-2014 World Class Cricket at The Ageas Bowl, in under an hour from Cowes*

Hampshire Cricket announced a new initiative to introduce Test Match cricket to a new, younger generation of fans.

Traditionally the preserve of the more mature cricket lover, Hampshire Cricket will put in place a number of exciting, engaging and entertaining attractions that are designed to make sure the 3rd England vs India Investec Test is truly a Test Match for the next generation.

With the Test Match taking place from July 27–31, it will be a fantastic way to let children see some of their sporting heroes, such as Stuart Broad and Virat Kohli, in the flesh and keep them entertained during the school holidays.

Over the course of the match Hampshire Cricket will look to host a variety of activities for children such as magicians, fun fair attractions, face-painting and much more.

The Club is, however, keen to ensure it maintains a strong cricketing focus and will be offering children the chance to sign up for free coaching sessions that’ll be run throughout the day, by professional coaches from Hampshire Cricket.

Speaking about the announcement, Stuart Robertson, Commercial Director, Hampshire Cricket said: “As the newest, and most modern, Test ground in England, we believe we are the Test Match venue for the next generation. A Test Match between England and India is the biggest game we’ve hosted at the Ageas Bowl and we want to use this opportunity to introduce Test cricket to a new, younger audience.

“We have consulted widely with other attractions in the area, undertaken research and also spoken directly to some of our junior members to ask them what entertainment they would like to see at a Test Match. The results have been insightful and I think both parents, but especially children, will be excited with the kinds of entertainment and experiences we’ll have on offer throughout the Test Match.”

Situated less than an hour from Cowes, The Ageas Bowl is easily accessible for anyone living on the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel’s Red Jet Hi-Speed Service, SouthWest Trains and free connecting bus services to Southampton Central Station and from Southampton Aiport Parkway Station to the Ageas Bowl.*  Family Red Jet and Train Tickets start from just £57.90 (2 adults and 2 children) or adult prices for just £19.30 return.  

To purchase tickets for England’s Third Investec Test Match v India at The Ageas Bowl, starting on Sunday 27th July, please visit www.ageasbowl.com, over the phone on 0844 847 1863 or by visiting the Ticketing & Membership Office during normal office hours.

For further information regarding ticketing and transport, please visit www.redfunnel.co.uk/ageasbowl or www.ageasbowl.com/india


* FREE bus transfers are available between Red Funnel’s Southampton terminal and Southampton Central Station (CityLink) and between Southampton Airport Parkway Station and the Ageas Bowl.  Please note: The Ageas Bowl operate the FREE shuttle bus service from Southampton Airport Parkway for selected events only – please visit www.ageasbowl.com for full details.  Timings subject to connections and selected sailings/rail times.