On the 13th August, US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun hosted the inaugural U.S. v UK press team cricket match at Winfield House, London. The match was played on a 2G Flicx Pitch which was rolled out on the lawn especially to host the match.
The aim of the match was to raise the profile of the sport in the US and in addition to the cricket, there was also a cricket based menu for the guest to all enjoy including team captain Mark Austin from ITV news.
The Flicx Pitch was the perfect solution and surface on which to host the game. It was delivered the day before and rolled out after some preparation to the grass below to ensure optimum performance. You can see Matthew Barzun bowl the first game of the game on the slow mo video above. Sadly the game had to be cut short due to rain but we hope to be back next year if the match becomes a regular fixture in the ambassador’s diary.
If you are interested in seeing more footage from the day, watch the video below or view the photostream on the Winfield House flickr…
Flicx UK loaned a 2G Flicx skills pitch to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation for the second year in a row to support their Beach Cricket Festival. 9 teams took part in the summer extravaganza on Scarborough Beach and organiser Nick Robinson was quietly thrilled by the tournament: “We’d like to grow it to the point of having another pitch – we had lots of interest from people on the beach asking if their son could join in, and we had plenty of clubs who didn’t register in time. We want to raise the profile of Yorkshire cricket, but the biggest emphasis is on having a good time.”
The tournament, now in its second year has been a very successful addition to the iconic Scarborough Cricket festival. The primary aim, to give children from local communities and beyond, the opportunity to play a round robin cricket competition by the sea, followed by the chance to watch their heroes play at Scarborough later in the week.
The guardian newspaper picked up on the story with the great slant on how this innovative form of the game could be developed further by the ECB says new chief executive Tom Harrison “We are looking at more informal ways of playing cricket, for example beach cricket during the summer holidays, backyard cricket (if you are lucky enough to have one), cricket in the street, car park, whatever,” Harrison says. “The idea is to strip the idea of privilege and get cricket back to a bat and ball. If we connect in this way then our very multicultural society has more chance of connecting with the game.
“It needs more fleshing out but we are working with Chance to Shine to make this something more than another ECB campaign and more of a philosophy of how we want to pitch the game to a far broader audience.”
Beach cricket is another string to the bow of the 2G Flicx Pitch which is carving a reputation for being the most versatile cricket pitch on the market. “Its low maintenance, portable, roll out roll up nature means that its perfect for taking cricket to places it has never been played before says Flicx UK’s marketing manager Kate Costin. Case studies of other applications can be found on the flicx.co.uk website or by watching this video
Flicx UK, manufacturers of the 2G Flicx Pitch, have expanded their product range into Netball with the launch of the Flicx Netball court. The launch took place at Sportsfest with England Netball running their training zone on the blue and red portable surface on the iconic Wormsely estate.
The Flicx Netball surface can be either a portable, roll out solution for events OR as a long term, permanent court solution at clubs and schools with the surface life 8-10 years. It offers players excellent grip and can be used both inside or outside. The court comes in a range of colour options including black, yellow, green, red, blue and black and can be delivered with court markings and branded with any sponsor or school logo.
Speaking about the launch Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin said ” We were delighted to receive excellent feedback at Sportfest on the new Flicx Netball court. Its a sport which is surging in popularity at the moment and we believe this surface will be a popular options for schools looking to upgrade their facilities and also for brands to put on events to engage with a new audience”
“The product like the 2G Flicx Pitch is hugely versatile with many different applications and as a result of the launch at Sportfest we have already been asked to quote two schools for a refurbishments”
Anyone interested in learning more about either hiring or buying a Flicx Netball court should call Flicx UK on 01295 816765 or email Gary Luke on email@example.com
Cricketing legends including Ashes winners Andrew Strauss, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard all provided some expert coaching in the cricket zone at Sportfest 2015, a fantastic celebration of sport and families held annually at Wormsley.
The cricket nets were filled with 2G Flicx Pitches of various designs with different activities in each net including Pitch Vision and a bowling machine. The legends which also included Paul Nixon, Phil DeFreitas , Nick Compton and Mark Garaway the lead organiser.
The 2G Flicx Pitch is proving hugely popular since its launch last year main due to its huge versatility with so many different applications to help clubs solve their facility problems and colourful designs to attract new players to the game. We returned to Vitality Sportfest with even more 2G skills pitches this year which the legends then used to inspire and develop the young players at the event. Pitch Vision added their expert analysis and technology in one net too make it a weekend to remember … then over at our stand, we had our new Freestyle Tennis court where this new game fielding was a big hit using the Crazy Catch handheld product, the Freestyle. We cant wait for next year already!