One of Stockport’s newest business is offering a unique VIP scheme to sports fans in the area.
The Player’s Entrance, is providing 12 months of free game time for people who share a name with an England cricketing hero from the 2019 World Cup winning squad.
The idea came about after the ‘sports theme park’, unveiled a world leading bowling simulator which allows those entering the netting to face the firepower of a real life international paceman, and make their own attempt at super over scoring.
A laugh was raised this weekend when one of the participants on the machine shyly admitted his name was Steve Smith, prompting laughter and an idea from Players’ Entrance founder Steve Mottershead.
He said: “We have had the likes of Darren Gough down trying out the simulator and admitted it was unbelievably realistic, but it did make us laugh this weekend when a lad came in and his name was Steve Smith – it definitely wasn’t the real one though because he couldn’t get a bat on a 90mph ball!
“It did make me think though that it would be great to find fans with names like Jo Root, Jason Roy and the likes and let them all have free play for a year to celebrate the achievement.
“In fact, if anyone can prove they are called Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer then they can play free for life because their namesakes gave the country such a boost this summer.”
Visitors who are lucky enough to share a same name with an England great are encouraged to present a form of photographic ID at the theme park and immerse themselves in a whole host of sports.
The Player’s Entrance recently opened its doors and is a revolutionary concept that combines state of the art mixed reality technology, simulators and iconic games. Players can hole a putt at St Andrews, score a penalty at Wembley or play darts with people across the globe without having to leave the building.
This offer form’s part of the company’s mission to promote social activities and inspire as many customers as possible to spend time outside of the home with families and friends.
Steve said ‘’With the Ashes just finished, and off the back of a successful world cup, I thought it was the perfect time to offer people the chance to give the sport a go and try out the other sports we have available. I’ve been involved with professional sport for nearly 20 years, and have seen first hand how It changes lives and inspires people, and I hope The Players’ Entrance gets people enjoying themselves and interacting!’’