Rajasthan invests in 70 2G Flicx Batting Ends to help cricket flourish

The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) led by the President Mr. LALIT KUMAR MODI (Founder & Architect of INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE) aspires to embed cricket into the culture and passion of the people of Rajasthan and spread it to all 33 districts, no mean feat given it’s amongst the largest state in India and equivalent in size to the United Kingdom!

A senior tournament played on a 2G Flicx Pitch in DHOLPUR

Prior to the purchase of 70 2G Flicx batting ends, across two orders in 2016, facilities across (17 to 20 Districts) Rajasthan were minimal and of poor quality, particularly in remote areas so talent was unable to be developed and nurtured. The RCA have now issued two Batting Ends, which can zip together at the middle and form a full 2G Flicx Match Pitch, to each districts to utilise to create a local hub of excellence. Of those 33 districts, over half did not have any existing turf facilities so typically only matting was used so now with the arrival of the 2G Flicx Pitches, players and coaches alike have a surface which feels much more authentic and genuine. In these developing areas, more participation is possible and the game is already started to significantly grow in popularity after just a couple of months of using 2G Flicx Pitches.

The President RCA Mr. Lalit Kumar Modi insisted that we have a look at the ICC Dubai Academy. So, RCA Treasurer Pawan Goyal along with RCA Secretary Sumendra Tiwari first spotted the 2G Flicx Pitches on a trip to the ICC Academy in Dubai; at the time they were rolled up on their ends being stored but Goyal immediately spoke to key figures at the ICC about how they use the product in their development programmes and saw a huge opportunity for the pitches to be used to support the objectives of the RCA in helping the game to flourish. Price was a key consideration for the RCA board and a 2G Flicx Pitch can typically be delivered for 1/3 of the cost of turf wickets in India but other important benefits for Goyal and his colleagues included…

  • Zero maintenance costs
  • Durability; Flicx pitches have a very long life span so no need to replace frequently
  • All weather surface – can even be used if it’s raining
  • The ability to roll them up after matches to store them safely
  • To take cricket to places where it’s not possible to curate turf wickets

The 2G Flicx Pitches, all hand made in the UK, are each used on a daily basis for both adult and junior cricket. All the reports from RCA districts have been highly positive and everyone has found the wickets very comfortable for practice sessions in the nets (where they are split into Batting Ends) and also for matches where they are typically converting open areas into cricket fields. Already there are more people playing cricket and each location typically attracts up to 200 to 250 players per day. More importantly, competition is now possible and much more practical to administer with the state championship games taking place on a “level playing field”.

Goyal is confident that the 2G Flicx Pitch can play a big role in developing new cricket facilities across India be it in partnership with other State Cricket Associations, in districts or by schools looking to create new training zones.

“I see big potential for Flicx in India and other countries where new facilities need to be created in a cost effective way. We are really happy with how our pitches stationed across Rajasthan are performing and think there will be a huge appetite for this roll out concept, in other states too. We are happy to help more people play cricket on a surface which performs really well in subcontinent conditions and it really gives our young players the best possible start to their cricketing journeys”.

10 ways the 2G Flicx Pitch can help your cricket club to grow

The 2G Flicx Pitch has always been more than just a cricket pitch … we love hearing reports from customers about how the world’s most versatile cricket pitch has helped them to grow and offer more facilities and more opportunities for people to play cricket. To kick off 2017 we have our top 10 ways that the 2G Flicx Pitch can help your club to grow. If you would like more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch do contact one of our advisers on 01295 816765 and they can answer any questions or GET A QUOTE

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1. CREATE NEW PLAYING FACILITIES

The beauty of the 2G Flicx Pitch is that it enables more cricket to be played by either converting a field (perhaps used for football or rugby) into a cricket venue OR you can increase your junior capacity by rolling out batting ends (1/2 pitches) on your outfield to enable multiple junior games to take place at one time … each on a consistent wicket with crease marks already in situ. Another popular option is to use the 2G Flicx Pitch as your main square or a second or third strip to guard against overuse or mitigate poor weather conditions thus extending the season. The same product can also be used for indoor cricket – confirming our claim to be the world’s most versatile cricket pitch.

2. CREATE NEW TRAINING FACILITIES

In a similar vein to match capacity, training capacity can also be increased with a 2G Flicx Pitch. Roll them out in your nets to upgrade or refurbish worn surfaces or use for winter nets again adding capacity to your club or school all with minimal fuss and preparation work required. Training matches, where you want to conserve your turf wicket would be another application. Versatility = value for money for your organisation plus you get the longevity factor too unless some synthetic mats.

3. INSPIRE YOUNG AND NEW PLAYERS

Young players respond really well to the colours and targets on the 2G Flicx coaching pitches. Bowling on a blue pitch or one with bright / bold target tiles is different and creates a much more memorable experience linked with the vibe and atmosphere of T20 cricket and the Big Bash. This is especially important when trying to engage players into cricket for the first time.

4. DEVELOP YOUR BATTING AND BOWLING SKILLS

The 2G Flicx Coaching pitches enable you to develop the skills of your younger players. Coloured targets and markings help bowlers achieve consistency with their line and length and help batsmen with their shot timing and selection. These visual targets also make it easier for non cricket specialist teachers to help younger players (and adults too) improve whilst a number of different games can be played adding fun and challenge.

5. ACTIVATE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

If your club is seeking to be more pro-active in it’s player recruitment and engagement with the local community, the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great asset. The portability factor means you can transport the pitch to other venues where you might be able to grow your participation with school visits or outreach programmes, pop up cricket, cricket festivals etc etc. You are only limited by your imagination!

6. GIVE YOUR SPONSORS ADDITIONAL VALUE

Your 2G Flicx Pitch can now be branded with either your club or schools logo or that of a sponsor (perhaps in exchange to funding the pitch itself). For brands this offers excellent visual exposure of their support and sponsorship. Further to that we can also match a brands corporate colours to the exact pantone shade of the pitch tiles which creates a great opportunity too…(generation unique PR)

7. GENERATE UNIQUE PR COVERAGE

We are very proud to have taken cricket to some of the most amazing places around the world including hosting cricket in the London Eye, up Mt Everest and on the beaches of Sydney. Get creative to spread the word about your club or charity. Most recently Cricket Sweden have hosted an ice cricket game which was unsurprisingly picked up by the local press…

8. SAVE YOUR CLUB VOLUNTEERS TIME

Preparing a turf wicket can be a very time consuming process and you might not have sufficient resource or capacity for… Using a 2G Flicx Pitch is a quick and easy way to solve this issue. Pitches can be rolled out with minimal surface preparation by 2 people. Schools are typically using Flicx to save time by converting rugby and football fields into cricket pitches in the summer and also transforming the standard of their nets.

All pitches are match ready and come with all crease and wide markings, no need to paint, mark and cut pitch strips as is the case with turf.

9. INVESTMENT VALUE FOR MONEY

Our pitches are very durable and some original Flicx Pitches from our launch in 1997 are still in use today!! With their versatility and numerous applications comes greater cost efficiency and value for money. You can get a 2G Flicx Pitch for a fraction of the cost of other artificial surfaces and the performance value is excellent – you just need to location a firm, flat surface on which to lay or roll it out on.

10. BE INNOVATIVE

Cricket is changing. ECB surveys are pointing to some players not now being able to commit their whole day to cricket and with that comes opportunities for short or more informal versions of the game. The 2G Flicx Pitch is well suited to this shift  – imagine playing on a car park after work, rolling it out on a 3G rubbercrumb surface or waterbases pitch otherwise used for hockey or football  … this multi surface, innovative approach taken by clubs and county boards is proving popular and is a great way to retain players in the sport.

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Are winter net facilities leaving you stumped??

For many cricket enthusiasts, January see’s the start of preparations for the new cricket season with many heading indoors for winter nets. For many clubs and indoor venues such as school sportshall’s, the 2G Flicx Pitch can provide a value for money, facility upgrade and the pitch performance is far superior compared to heavy, synthetic mats often used.

Upgraded cricket facilities at Warwick School

The benefits of using the 2G Flicx Pitch Indoors

  • Increased ball bounce for slower bowlers (and it takes spin too)
  • The pitch has great longevity – and doesn’t need replacing yearly like synthetic mats
  • The 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled up and stored on their ends which frees up space
  • Rolls out flat without any waves so again you can be sure of a consistent bounce and a safe surface on which to train
  • Customers can choose from either a traditional green batting end OR a coaching design to develop skills of younger players
  • Schools and clubs can add their branding to the 2G Flicx Pitch OR a sponsors logo can be added to help you fund the purchase

The photo’s above were taken by Simon Francis, Master in charge of Cricket at Warwick School. Warwick School purchased two 2G Flicx Skills batting ends at the end of 2016 to roll out over their sprung sportshall floor. For the first time, they were able to host the district trials and Francis has noticed a big improvement in the quality of their programme.

“The 2G Flicx skills pitch has been a fantastic addition for our cricketers for their winter training. Both batters and bowlers have benefited from more visual cues and targets, both individually and against each other. For our coaches it creates lots of opportunities to create challenges for bowlers and batsmen, as well as making it easier to judge where the ball pitched more easily. It has created excitement for the young bowlers as something new and interesting to interact with. We are looking forward to using these for our practices and cricket matches in the summer”

With Flicx being the world’s most versatile cricket pitch, the same pitch that you use indoors during the winter, can also be used outside in the summer. Link two matting ends together to create a full pitch or lay them on the outfield to increase your junior capacity. Roll them out in the nets or on an artificial pitch to convert it into a cricketing venue – the options are vast and very little preparation and maintenance is required.

 

What a fun day it was at ICC Academy Warriors Weekend

The UAE’s leading cricket development programme held a big tournament last weekend called the ICC Academy Warriors Weekend and the event was played on the Flicx Pitches rolled out on the outfield at crickets global high performance centre.

Sunset at the cricket in Dubai

Sunset at the cricket in Dubai

The ICC Academy facilitates hundreds of coaching sessions taking place across the new season aimed at children aged 3 – 19 years as well as individual sessions for females and adults wanting to improve their game. Participants are able to learn and develop their skills with the ICC Academy’s team of internationally qualified coaches and have the opportunity to train and play at one of the world’s best cricketing facilities.

ICC Academy Manager, Will Kitchen, said: “Our Warriors programme enables domestics players of all ages and ability to access the same facilities and services that international players use at ICC Academy, it’s fantastic to be able to offer this to players based in the UAE and help to grow their cricketing skills and passion for the game.

“This year the Warriors programme is bigger and better than ever we’re providing more opportunities for players to train with us, play games and compete in tournaments, there really is something for everyone whatever their level or ability.”

The Warriors programme is about developing player’s ability to play and win games of cricket. ICC Academy have a fully professional, internationally qualified staff who blend technical, tactical, physical skills in every sessions across ICC Academy’s vast facility to ensure players learn the skills they need to succeed in cricket. Read our case study on the Flicx Pitches at the ICC Academy

#SixersBeachBlast success as magenta Flicx Pitches prove a big hit!

Flicx UK were delighted to supply the Sydney Sixers with five magenta pink 4.5m x 1.4m mini cricket pitches for their recent community programme the Sixers Beach Blast. The pitches were manufactured in the UK with the exact pantone colour used plus the Sixers logo was added to the wickets which were produced to a custom specification before being shipped to Sydney.

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Ahead of the new BBL season, the Sixers took to the road for an exciting new community activation programme, which saw coaches host cricket clinics for boys and girls with some special guest appearances. The 2G Flicx Pitches were rolled out on the various beach locations down the NSW coastline, providing an attractive playing surface with a good bounce and obviously pitch markings and Sixers branding too.

“ The Sydney Sixers Beach Blast program saw the Sydney Sixers reach approximately 1100 kids up and down our sixers coastline and engaged these kids in a really fun and exciting beach cricket clinic! Prior to the event started I liaised with Gary from Flicx UK who was able to create the pitches for our tour which was vital in it going ahead. Gary and the Flicx team were a pleasure to work with and met every need and requirement to ensure the pitches were correctly coloured and would arrive in time for the event.

The kids absolutely loved playing on the 2G Flicx pitches with parents and families all wanting to take photos! If it wasn’t for the pitches our tour would not have been the success that it was and the team here at the Sixers will be utilising them further with our community events, clinics and for our Fan Day here at the SCG and throughout the season”Liz McPherson / Fan, Activation and Community Manager

For more on the Sixers Beach Blast click here or view below some of the photos from around the clinics in NSW or visit the Sydney Sixers Facebook page to watch videos and view photo albums from each location.

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications, visit the website or call us for a quote for your club or school on 01295 816765.

October Offer | Take 10% off all 2G Flicx Pitches ordered now for the 2017/18 season

Middlesex, Warwickshire, Northants. We’ve got our champions. Six months of county cricket, done and dusted. Now the thoughts of club committees up and down the country (and cricketers alike) turn to next season and how to develop, create or maintain success.

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For many clubs, facilities are a big issue. Not having enough capacity to host all your teams perhaps particularly growing numbers of enthusiastic juniors, having to manage the main squares usage with variable weather conditions, needing a reliable winter training facility and/or looking at new ways to attract and develop young talent…. these are just some of the ways that one 2G Flicx Pitch can help your club in so many ways. It truly is the world’s most versatile cricket pitch.

Now we present our October Offer, a great opportunity for clubs to get ahead and organised for the new season. For this month only all UK, European and US sales will come with a 10% discount (terms and conditions apply -see below). Don’t forget we can also add branding to your pitch to help you fund it by attracting local sponsors to help contribute to the cost. Contact us now to GET A QUOTE for your club including the October Offer or you can access our FREE CRICKET CLUB FUNDING GUIDE NOW.

October OFFER | Terms and Conditions

  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • Funds must be received by Flicx UK by the 31st October 2016 to apply the 10% discount to your sale
  • This offer only applies to customers purchasing direct from Flicx UK, not from any 2G Flicx Pitch retailers
  • Offer only available to clubs and schools in the Northern Hemisphere. Australian customers should click here
  • Flicx UK retains the right to amend this promotion during the offer period

The new 2G Flicx Netball Court … play anywhere!

England Netball is an NGB success story. Its back to netball program is very successful and the sports participation figures are growing. This growth however doesn’t come without challenges as suitable facilities can be hard to find and netball is continuing to innovate to find new audiences.

Netball at Sportfest 2016

Netball at Sportfest 2016

The 2G Flicx Netball Court is a portable, roll out court which debuted at Sportfest 2015. This year we were back to help international netball super league player Lindsay Keable and her team deliver fun netball sessions throughout the weekend. The 2G Flicx Netball court offers the following benefits …

  • Non slip surface that offers excellent grip enabling players to turn and perform dynamic movements with confidence
  • Bright colours to bring the game to life and inspire players
  • Branding to provide great PR opportunities for the client (in this instance, the England Netball logo was displayed prominently)
  • Portable so the court can be moved and changed according to the requirement
  • Can be laid on various surfaces including grass, concrete, sand for beach netball, indoor sports halls etc so you can take the game to places it has never been played before.
  • Can be installed permanently so a great option to replace worn courts, resurface concrete courts – with the 2G Flicx Court providing longevity and value for money.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2G Flicx Netball court or any other sports court or sports flooring option from Flicx then do get in touch. You can contact us via email gary@flicx.co.uk, phone 01295 816765 or visit our website www.flicx.co.uk

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The new 2G Flicx Tennis Court | For pop up events or fully installed

Flicx UK, creators of the 2G Flicx Pitch, have now expanded their product range to incorporate Sports Courts in Tennis, Netball and Multi sport use. Courts can be made to any size or colour specification and branding can be added which will appeal to sponsors looking for innovation activation and PR opportunities.

Recently for Sportfest 2016 held at Wormsley, we rolled out our first 2G Flicx  Tennis court which coaching company Premier Tennis used all weekend to deliver their program on. It was enjoyed by adult and kids alike with Jeff Hunter, Managing Director, commenting

 ” I think the surface has performed really well. We have had 500 or so kids on and off the court and some adults too getting stuck in. The court stayed firmly in place, the bounce has been true; its been a really good addition to our program”

In addition to pop up events – where grass fields, artificial surfaces, concrete or beaches could be converted into tennis courts, we also have a cost effective solution to tennis court resurfacing projects. The 2G Flicx tile is durable and has a life span 3 times that of tarmac courts making it very cost effective. Take a look at our fully installed multi sport court that The Lettuce Company use to keep their workforce active.

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Sydney Sixers select Flicx for their new cricket development campaign #sixersbeachblast

Over the coming school holiday period, the Sydney Sixers will run their new community program “Beach Blast” from Coffs Harbour to Ulladulla with 11 stops along the way, delivering a free Milo T20 Blast Clinic on beaches including Town Beach in Port Macquarie, Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle, Mollymook Beach in Ulladulla and North Beach in Wollongong.

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The two week travelling event will finish in Sydney over three days visiting Cronulla Beach, Freshwater Beach and finally Coogee Beach on Sunday 9 October. The development of the program comes off the back of the success of the Milo T20 Blast program, which has doubled its participants in the last year in NSW alone.

Kids aged between 7 and 12 attending the clinic will get to experience all the fun of Big Bash, with music, fun and entertainment all part of the program, while enjoying learning the skills of cricket in the Milo T20 Blast program. The Sydney Sixers purchased 5 Pink 4.5m x 1.4m Thrown downs for the events across NSW with the pink pantone colour code matched exactly and the Sydney Sixers logo printed predominately on each one.

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Speaking about the project Kate Costin Flicx UK’s marketing manager said “The 2G Flicx Pitch is perfectly suited to adding a new dimension to beach cricket. The bright colours make the game extra fun for the kids whilst create perfect PR opportunities for the Sydney Sixers. In addition these pitches can also be used on grass or on top of artificial surfaces for example to host mini cricket games at the SCG on the outfield or when the sixers go into schools or at any pop up cricket event” For more information about the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications call us on 01295 816765 or download our Applications PDF for see how the 2G Flicx Pitch can solve your facility issues.

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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.

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