From humble beginnings, we have grown into a multi-million pound company - now one of the world's largest cricket and hockey equipment retailers, dispatching tens of thousands of orders worldwide every year.
Formed by three friends in 1999, the business flourished from a small lock up shop in Fordingbridge, Hampshire where it quickly became apparent that the need for quality specialist products was nationwide.
We were one of the first cricket and hockey specialists to go live with a website at the beginning of the Internet boom in 2000. In 2002 we moved to a new warehouse just north of Salisbury which we quickly outgrew within a couple of years. If we were to maintain our profile as suppliers of specialist equipment across the full range of brands we needed something much larger both for stock and administration.
In 2005 we moved into our current warehouse - a purpose built unit in Downton, Wiltshire, which is where all our orders are packed and dispatched each day.
In 2006 we launched our own brand called Funky which took the cricket market by storm. They are uniquely designed in consultation with professional cricketers and are used by top Hampshire players as well as former England player Simon Jones and many other top cricketers around the country. In 2011 we started making Funky Hockey sticks using the same principles as we did with cricket - to produce outstanding value for money products which perform at the highest level.
2011 saw a major expansion to the business as we went into partnership with the Rose Bowl - the home of Hampshire Cricket. We now run the Rose Bowl Shop, along with its website www.ageasbowlshop.co.uk where you can find a large selection of Hampshire Replica Clothing, gifts and equipment.
We still, however, operate with a tight knit team of just five dedicated people who are experts in both sports. This enables us to offer a level of service you will not find elsewhere, so when place an order or contact us, you are dealing direct with the owners or qualified experts who really do know what they are talking about.
The ethos of the company remains unchanged; we select our entire products individually, based on the quality, functionality and value they represent to our customers and make sure that they are all in stock for immediate delivery - something most of our competitors do not do. This has helped form our outstanding reputation for fast delivery, excellent customer service and after sales care.
See for yourself what our customers think about us - check out the feedback we receive from eKomi - an independent review website.
Jamie Harvey - Director
Born in 1978, Jamie played cricket for South Wilts & Lymington in the Southern Premier League. He has recently re-established his local cricket club in Winterbourne, near Salisbury. The legacy left by Jamie’s grandfather, the England off-spin bowler Jim Laker, has left him with many connections from the golden era of cricket. Prior to starting the business, he worked at Lord's Cricket Ground and is a qualified coach. As the IT guru, Jamie builds and maintains the website, manages all the marketing and social media campaigns, is in charge of the finances, and is responsible for everything to do with the e-commerce side of the business.
Christian Pain- Director
Born in 1981, Christian has played cricket ever since he was old enough to hold a bat, he started playing for his local village club Hyde in the New Forest and gravitated to Southern Premier League Clubs, captaining Lymington and playing for South Wilts. In 2014 during a brief move to Chester he played for the national T20 champions Chester Boughton Hall. He is also a keen hockey player and plays regularly for his local side Romsey. Christian joined the business in 2014 and is head of sales and purchasing. He will likely be the first face you see if you pop into our showroom to buy in person.
Michael Pain - Director
Born in 1949, Michael has five children and 9 grandchildren. He captained his local New Forest village cricket club Hyde, is a qualified coach and worked with Hampshire youth cricket squads for 17 years. He currently serves on the Hampshire County Cricket Club Committee and runs the shop at the Ageas Bowl. Although now retired from the main business, he still maintains an interest and helps out whenever needed.
Tom Marlow - Warehouse Manager
Born in 1992, Tom joined us from his early days as a work experience lad; Tom comes from a long line of family cricketers who play in the most charming village of Breamore. Tom’s passion and understanding of the game plays a major part when checking goods into the warehouse or serving customers in the showroom.
Mrs J Brown
Mr A Ingram
Miss C Dunning
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