Piers Morgan takes a hat-trick on a 2G Flicx Pitch in the US Ambassadors garden!

Headline writer Piers Morgan turned headline maker yesterday as he took a hat-trick to lead his US press team to victory against Mark Austin’s UK press team at Winfield House, home of Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador to the UK in their annual cricket match.

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Kevin Piertersen and Piers Morgan on the 2G Flicx Pitch at Winfield House

A quick fire 25 off 10 from Kevin Pietersen steered the US to 100 for 5 off the allocated 15 overs before Piers Morgan took a hat-trick in the final over of the UK’s innings to skittle them out; still 25 short of the target. WATCH the hat-trick ball here with commentary from KP.

This is the second year that Flicx UK have supplied a portable, roll out wicket to Winfield House, with this year branding added to the pitch in the form of interlocking rings of the US and UK flags emblazoned across the middle. The 2G Flicx Pitch is hugely popular for pop up events of this nature with its unique ability to create cricket facilities in weird and wonderful places. We have also taken cricket …

  • Inside the London Eye
  • To the top of Mt Everest and Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Into the dessert with the Maasaii Warriors
  • Down a mine for Cricket Anywhere and various Beach Cricket festivals which are a great way to take cricket to a new audience

If you have an event coming up or a project where you are in need of a roll out, portable wicket to produce a consistent bounce and give players a realistic experience do contact us on 01295 816765 or GET A QUOTE. We can deliver our 2G pitches worldwide.

How to develop the skills of young cricketers using the 2G Flicx Coaching pitches

The 2G Flicx Pitch is the ultimate cricket match pitch but did you know you can also use this versatile surface as a coaching aid to develop the batting and bowing skills of younger players??

Flicx have developed two coaching pitch designs with bright colours and targets. Choose from either the 2G Flicx Skills pitch or the 2G Flicx Eagle eyed pitch and roll it out on your outfield, in the nets, on top of another synthetic surface or convert a grass field or similar into a cricket training facility.

The Eagle eyed pitch is great for beginners … coloured sections replicate those seen on TV which is both fun and inspiring. At a basic skill level, the coloured tiles are used to develop the ability to bowl at different lengths – with good, short, full and yorker lengths marked out. These visual cues help players focus their deliveries and achieve consistency.

The Skills pitch is the next stage up in a player’s development with the targets assisting with both line and length. Coaches can encourage bowling to the off side or leg side at different lengths whilst batsmen will be able to develop decision making skills and shot selection based on where the ball is pitched.

These coaching designs are available in various lengths and as either a full pitch size or a batting end. Full pitches can be easily split into two to host two smaller mini games which is a great way add fun and challenge to your cricket training and offers great versatility and value for money for clubs and schools.

Get a quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch for your cricket club or school (delivery available worldwide) http://www.flicx.co.uk/quotewebsite/

The 2016 Yorkshire Cricket Foundation | Beach Cricket Festival on a 2G Flicx Pitch

This weekend saw the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation host its now famous beach cricket competition where local cricket clubs compete in mini games on Scarborough Beach. For the third year, the 2G Flicx Pitch was involved in the project … we just roll out our wicket and let the fun commence. This year a blue skills pitch was used complete with the YCF logo embedded in the crease.

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The YCF Beach Cricket Festival 2016

In addition to the Beach Cricket Festival, the YCF have a new initiative that is using a 2G Flicx Pitch to help create an authentic facility. Pop Up Cricket invites children between the ages of 6 and 13, to free cricket sessions, held in three local venues across Leeds.

Funded by the Charitable Youth Trust the sessions, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the last three weeks, targeted communities in areas of deprivation, focusing on children who may not have had the opportunity or means to play cricket before. Attracting children from different backgrounds, ethnicities and genders, the cricket coaching introduced cricket to new audiences who may not have had the opportunity to play before, with an impressive turn out of around 60 children in attendance for each day!

It’s been fantastic to see the different communities have the opportunity to play cricket in their local parks. The enthusiasm shown for the game and spirit shown during the sessions demonstrates how powerful sport can be in bringing communities together.

Flicx UK’s business development manager Ashley Appleby attended the beach cricket event, alongside some officials from the ECB and the feedback on the pitch was entirely positive. Nick Robinson, Project Officer at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation said

“The 2G Flicx cricket pitch helped us tremendously with our pop up cricket events as we are able to take the game of cricket anywhere. The upgraded 2G surface provides such good pace and bounce even in areas that you would never be able to play cricket usually while the colour coded tiles in the 2G Flicx skills pitch help aspiring cricketers to focus on their areas when bowling and batting. It also makes the game look more fun and exciting’’

For more information on playing Beach Cricket on a 2G Flicx Pitch – contact us on 01295 816765 or get a quote

5 reasons why US cricketers LOVE the 2G Flicx Pitch

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a big hit across the pond in America … we are still receiving a really high number of enquiries for our versatile, roll out, portable solution and here’s our top 5 reasons why it’s so suitable for the US market.

1. It performs really well on artificial surfaces & can convert a grass or baseball field into a cricket venue

The 2G Flicx Pitch performs really well on a number of surfaces … these includes those found readily in the states including rubbercrumb pitches. By rolling a Flicx Pitch on top of this surface, you can convert the field into a cricket arena. We have also found alot of clubs playing on baseball parks by laying our roll our wicket on top of the diamond as seen in the All Stars Series organised by Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar http://cricketallstars2015.com/

Any flat, hard under surface will produce a great consistent bounce with a 2G Flicx Pitch including on a grass pitch as pictured below with the Utah Lions CC. Preparation of a grass field is minimal, you just need to cut it down short then roll the pitch on top. Rolling it will help bed the pitch in and clients have been reporting that the standard of their game and the players skills has increased hugely.

2. Selling advertising space can fund your pitch

Several customers in America have been leading the way in using the 2G Flicx Pitch as an advertising source by charging sponsor a premium for their logo to have a prominent position on their new wicket. One customer who purchased 2 pitches, managed to get 4 different sponsors on board. These logos were sprayed on, however now Flicx offer a very high quality digital print on all pitch branding.

3. The Dollar-Pound exchange rate makes purchasing a 2G Flicx Pitch very attractive for US clubs

With the weakening of the British Pound against the USD, it has made the price of the Flicx Pitch that much cheaper to purchase.. Flicx UK has decided not to increase prices in 2016/17 and thus while the British Pound is at its lowest level for 35 years you will in effect find you will be saving between 18- 20% . Hurry and buy now while it lasts!!

Click Here to get a unique quote for your club/school/university or college team. The quote will include shipping direct to your address which is available by sea (transit time minimum 14 days) or air (transit time approx 5 days) … excludes manufacturing lead times, print lead times and custom clearance and local carriage times.

4. The growth of American College Cricket 

Cricket as a sport is becoming more and more popular in the states and leagues such as American College Cricket (ACC) have been on the rise. Populous centers, such as New York, now have over 100 teams across 4 different state leagues. Since the advent of American College Cricket in 2009, over 70 colleges, including Harvard, have developed teams. Some games have been hosted on hockey fields since building a full cricket field is very expensive but now more and more clubs are turning to drop in or roll out pitches in order to convert any field into a cricket field and create a more authentic match. (Read the Harvard Case Study)

5. Longevity

The 2G Flicx Pitch is designed to last and can perform for well over 10 years (in fact we have pitches from our launch back in 1997 still going strong!! Whilst a choir mat can be used to host cricket these generally only last a season or two and therefore the cost effectiveness of the 2G Flicx Pitch is far superior giving your club value for money and a surface that will perform season after season. PLUS the Flicx provides a realistic playing surface against the inconsistency and irregularity of the ball bounce off other cheaper surfaces! Buy the best and get a unique quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch here http://www.flicx.co.uk/quotelead/

Applying the “MCC Spirit of Cricket” lecture by Brendon McCullum to Flicx UK

This week in our team meeting, we listened to parts of the Brendon McCullum MCC lecture. Given everyone at Flicx is passionate about sport, we often apply sporting case studies to business and it certainly influences how we conduct ourselves as a company. The lessons you pick up from playing team sports, certainly apply to corporate teams and we all believe can steer your life in general in so many positive ways. The first instance of this was when we attended a High Performance event run by Jeremy Snape of Sporting Edge … now following McCullum’s moving lecture last week at Lords, we discussed our own team values, what we stand for and how we would like to be perceived by our industry colleagues and customers.

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Brendon McCullums Spirit of Cricket Lecture

“It was agreed that we were seen as arrogant, emotional, distant, up-ourselves and uninterested in our followers. The environment that the younger players were being welcomed into was really poor – there was a very traditional hierarchy, where senior players ruled the roost. Ultimately, we concluded that individually and collectively we lacked character.

We recognised that we had to change. We wanted to personify the traits that we identified in New Zealanders – to be humble and hardworking. We wanted to be respected by our long-suffering fans in New Zealand. We wanted to be respected by our opposition; and before we could demand this we had to learn to respect them.”

McCullum spoke openly and honestly about the transition that the NZ team took and the values that they now play by… “In fact, if every sportsman simply tried to be the best he could be, and attempted to behave decently along the way, you’ve pretty much summed up every available optimal strategy in one simple sentence.”

So what did we take from Brendon’s lecture?

Flicx is people – Rich, Gary, Ash, Rob and Kate … a small team – but we all have a passion for our unique, quality, innovative sporting brands and that is underpinned by our focus on delivering high levels of personal service – we hope our customers like dealing with us because of us as people! We are certainly appreciative of the strong relationships that we have we many of our customers – its more than just business to us. Our tagline is “Bringing Sport to Life” and the history of the development of the Flicx Pitch by founder Richard Beghin shows our passion for developing sport through our products. We take pride in being a company who has more of a personal approach to selling – and we hope this comes across in our actions.

We then discussed our team – Ash spoke about the decision to leave his home in South Africa to come and work for Flicx, being an easy one and we are very happy to have him as part of the team. We are going to try and make more time to chat over a cup of tea or game of Crazy Catch so help develop our bond further – its so easy to get so caught up in your own role when its busy but taking time to reward the good work of teammates is always important and likewise pick up when people are having a bad day.

The lessons of sport are so powerful and wide ranging – Leicester City’s incredible title triumph shows how far team spirit can take you and how important the values that you work by each day are in creating the foundations of success and the importance of having lots of fun along the way. Let us know what you think …

NEW product! Flicx converts an empty field into multi sports court

Flicx UK, have recently installed their first 2G Flicx Court which is a premium sports flooring surface which has multi sport capabilities with our first client The Lettuce Company based in West Sussex maximising its versatility and using their court for basketball, tennis and volleyball. Take a watch at the installation itself condensed down in this time-lapse video

The Lettuce Company is a large farm with 120 farm labourers living on site. They specialise in growing a range of salad vegetables including lettuce, rocket, and spinach. Richard Smith is the production manager and he was looking for a way to provide sports facilities for their staff on site and asked Flicx UK to quote for a multi use Flicx court.

Made in the same tiles as the 2G Flicx Pitch, the 2G Flicx Court combines a none slip surface in a range of colours. The size can be made to any specification with line markings added to create versatility and host a range of sports. The court can be used both indoors or outdoors and can be kept as a portable court and rolled out for each use OR as in this case study, laid permanently.

Speaking about their new 2G Flicx Court, Richard Smith from The Lettuce Company said “We are delighted with our new facility that Flicx have been able to create for us. We had a set space and Flicx were able to design a court to fit our requirements. The quality of the installation and advice throughout the process was first class from all the team at Flicx and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their product for anyone looking for a versatile sports surface”

Managing director Richard Beghin added “With 18 years in the industry, it’s great to be able to continue to develop new products and fulfil new requests. We are very excited about the potential of this product and especially with our digital branding capabilities, its a great way for companies to invest in something that can create an active and happy workforce or for NGB’s to take their sports to new audiences”

Add your school or clubs logo to your 2G Flicx Pitch

Take a look at our brand new digital printing capabilities which mean you can brand your 2G Flicx Pitch to include your school or club logo OR sell the space onto a sponsor to help raise funds. Here is a recent example produced for the new pitch at Kings College School in Cambridge.

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Furthermore we are seeing increased interest from corporate brands looking to use 2G Flicx Pitches as part of their sponsorship activation… watch this space for more on this! The branding can in theory be added to the pitch at any size with our standard size being 1100 x 600mm at a cost of £250. Larger logos and branding across the whole pitch can be quoted with a very fast turnaround time possible.

For more information contact Gary on 01295 816765 (or gary@flicx.co.uk) or check us out on instagram for some examples from new pitches going out.

Incredible offer from Flicx UK: Free logo branding & Free delivery on all 2G Flicx Pitch orders until 15th May

Flicx UK are delighted to announce a new special offer which will run until Friday 15th May! To celebrate our new digital pitch printing capabilities we are offering a FREE logo of your choice on your 2G Flicx Pitch worth £250 plus FREE delivery too (UK and export sales) … Click Here to get your special code now, which applies to all purchases from Flicx UK for the offer duration. 

Think how smart your new pitch would look with your school crest or club logo printed on OR offer the branding opportunity to a club sponsor in exchange for extra club funding. This is a fantastic way for them to visualise their support of your club and provides the perfect PR opportunity. Convincing sponsors to come on board in this way will help you fund the pitch itself with the added benefit of you being able to replace this branding as sponsors change.

Batting on the 2G Flicx Pitch - great bounce

Batting on the 2G Flicx Pitch – great bounce

The 2G Flicx Pitch is receiving rave reviews and we are delighted to help create new opportunities to play cricket. Versatility is the Flicx Pitches star quality and below are listed some frequent applications…

  • Roll it out on top of either astroturf pitches or a rubbercrumb surface
  • Convert a grass field that might host football or rugby in the winter to a cricket field in the summer (preparation of grass underneath is advised)
  • Laid it on top of your outfield to increasing capacity (ie-2 games at once)
  • Play cricket indoors in your sportshall
  • Use our coaching designs to develop the bowling and batting skills of your young players
  • Renovate or upgrade a worn astro in the nets

The Flicx Pitch comes in 3 standard designs – the 2G Flicx Match Pitch and two coaching designs, the Eagle-eyed and Skills pitch. If you are unsure on which design would suit your club or school best, try reading our recent blog on the topic. We also supply various lengths the most popular of which are the 22×1.8m or a batting end which is perfect for nets or rolled out on your outfield to host junior games. With correct installation the pitch performs excellently with a good bounce and taking seam and spin whilst batsmen can play their shots in confidence.

To take advantage of this great offer simply get the discount code from this LINK … or give us a call with any questions you may have or to arrange a demonstration if you are unsure of the pitches capabilities on your surface (location dependant)

GET YOUR FREE BRANDING AND FREE DELIVERY DISCOUNT CODE NOW

The 2G Flicx Pitch is helping schools worldwide to develop their cricketing facilities

The Flicx portable pitch concept was originally developed in South Africa in 1997 to help create more opportunities for youngsters to play cricket in the post-apartheid era. In the subsequent years the Flicx Pitch has helped cricket to thrive and grow in places it has never been played before and in countries all around in the world including on top of Mt Everest!!

Cricket on a Flicx Pitch

Our artificial surface solution has solved a number of different facility issues in cricket and has a number of applications in the educational sector including

Fast forward to 2016 and Flicx UK are now manufacturing the pitch in the UK and have developed their 2G version which offers increased grip, improved bounce and a surface which takes seam and spin performance. The new pitch works excellently both indoors and outdoors, for hard and soft ball, for junior and senior cricket and the school market is really making the most of its versatility. Its USP is an unique ability to be rolled up and out to create a pop up wicket is an obvious benefit whilst it’s also excellent value for money compared to other more permanent synthetic mats and can be easily installed by a groundsman, after some initial preparation, and with regular maintenance will ensure very good performance and a consistent bounce…

  • Converting a grass field that might host football or rugby in the winter to a cricket field in the summer (preparation of grass underneath is advised) 
  • Laid on top of an outfield to increasing capacity (ie-hosting two junior games at once)
  • Using a Flicx Pitch as a second wicket for training or friendlies taking pressure off your main square or when wet weather might cause damage.
  • Renovating or upgrading a worn astro in the nets
  • Rolled out on top of either astroturf pitches or rubbercrumb surfaces … the list goes on!

This multi-use concept, for a school provides great flexability, a point which was echoed by Mark Costin, Head of PE, Sacred Heart School (Battersea) who were looking to guarantee a playing surface to give consistency to their junior cricket practices, pushing the better cricketers who can now play their shots as the bounce is true. With no groundsman or expertise to prepare grass wickets, a drop-on pitch made a lot of sense for this South London School and Mark needed little prompting to praise the upgrade

“It’s absolutely transformed the standard of cricket that we can teach and then play matches against other schools.”

The Master in charge of cricket Stephen Jones of Harrow School points to its consistency. “I am impressed with the 2G Flicx Pitch coaching designs. They facilitate the development of good cricket playing techniques in younger players with the surface offering a true bounce, good spin and seam performance and still giving batsmen the confidence to play shots off their front foot.

“ We have used the pitches to host tournaments where multiple games can take place on one field”

Why choose the Flicx 2G Pitch??

  • Minutes to set up
  • Reliable pace and bounce
  • Convert various surfaces into a cricket pitch
  • Use it summer, winter, indoors or outdoors
  • Maintenance is easy and minimal

The convenience and versatility across a plethora of scenarios has to be its star quality and Flicx are proud to help cricket to grow in the UK and all around the world including most high recently in a number of International Schools all keen to add cricket to their curriculum in places such as Dubai and Dulwich College, Shanghai where the climate has previously been a barrier …. Again the 2G Flicx Pitch is solving these facility problems, boosting participation and creating more opportunities to play the game.

For more information about our 2G product range, our coaching designs and branding options do visit www.flicx.co.uk where you can also arrange a quote for your school OR call Gary Luke on +44 (0)1295 816765 with any questions on the pitches suitability for your specific needs.