Pitching In … Our take on recent developments in the structure of youth cricket

Cricket is undoubtedly changing. Day/night test matches, a £1.7m fee for Ben Stokes at the IPL auction, flashing stumps and big sponsors but perhaps the biggest changes in the game currently are occurring globally at grass roots levels. In the UK, the ECB has just launched All Star’s Cricket (a mass participation program providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket) whilst down under Cricket Australia has just announced some major changes to their junior game formats following a successful nationwide pilot program where children played on shorter pitches in smaller teams.

“The changes provide more appropriate game formats, pitch length and number of players on the field for children at various stages of their development and experience,” said former national captain Belinda Clark.

The obvious aim of these initiatives is to boost participation; but at the same time, we see much more strain on facilities with clubs replying – “great but where are they going to play”. Some clubs cannot easily accommodate more juniors and you all too frequently hear of housing developments on playing fields and there has been a rise in the popularity of all weather, synthetic pitches for football and rugby. The cost, time and expertise to maintain a turf wicket are considerable and so it’s no surprise that the popularity of wickets such as the 2G Flicx Pitch has rapidly grown in recent seasons, coinciding with the advent of our new and improved tile which makes the pitch more versatile with good pace and bounce on a range of under-surfaces. Furthermore, our new multi age pitch means that you can used the same pitch for adults, colts and juniors just by moving the stumps from 20.12 to 18.12 to 16.12 metres (something that can be applied to new Australia pitch lengths too).

Converting grass fields which are typically rugby or football fields into cricket pitches for the season is a popular application whilst we are also seeing clubs laying the 2G Flicx Pitch on old or worn astro strips to give them a new lease of life. The cost of our portable 2G Flicx Pitch solution vs an average NPT is 1/3 so it’s really a no brainer in terms of adding additional playing and training capacity more cost effectively plus the surfaces last for years. One match pitch can be moved by one person using our safety trolley and then easily split into two batting ends which can be laid on the outfield for Kwik cricket. Preparation time is shortly and maintenance minimal and the softer 2G tile offers excellent grip and good seam and spin performance.

In our busy lives, statistics are saying that we no longer have time to give up our whole Sunday to play cricket and shorter formats of the game are becoming more popular or more informal cricket utilising different spaces for example on beaches, playgrounds and car parks. Having taken cricket to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, the 2G Flicx Pitch really is a product that means you can play anywhere. Likewise, bright colours and branding options are helping to attract and retain kids in the sport, whilst developing their batting and bowling skills with visual targets. Perhaps the day when we see a T20 game taking place on an artificial wicket isn’t too far away after all and hopefully it’s something that the traditionalist will in time be able to embrace as the future success of the game, could depend on it.

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#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.

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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.

More images at https://www.facebook.com/FlicxPitch/

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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Playing Backyard Cricket in style … could the BGOC format boost participation numbers in the UK?

Watching the Big Bash and seeing what bumper crowds it has attracted this season, it is clear to see Australian Cricket is getting a lot right at the moment. Whilst Backyard Cricket has always been popular down under, its been taken to a whole new level this year with Channel 10’s partnership with Biggest Game of Cricket (BGOC) from the Ponting Foundation where people are encouraged to have fun playing “Australia’s favourite game” and raise funds to help young Australians and their families beat cancer.

Ten’s winning family, the Mitchell’s then hosted the likes of Gilly, Fred and Punter in a show-piece backyard cricket match at Taree in NSW and the video is fantastic if you haven’t seen it yet…

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Many people go to great length’s to prepare their backyard track … hours of mowing, rolling to prepare their perfect wicket. Did you know, the Flicx Pitch can help here … you can use our 2G Flicx Pitch in the backyard with minimal preparation and it can be used both permanently or as a roll out, roll up option. We would love to get involved in the 2017 BGOC so Ricky, let us know if we can help your event next year (we would love to create a nice blue, BGOC logo’d pitch for you)

Backyard Cricket at the Mitchells

Backyard Cricket at the Mitchells

Moving closer to home in the UK perhaps its an idea that Sky Sports and our NGB could get behind this by means of boosting participation levels … NB – might need to be called garden cricket or something else given we don’t really have backyards but the sentiment remains … lots of people, enjoying cricket with their family at home and then possibly taking it to the next level and raising money for charity with a national event … What do you think? Comments welcome below

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The 2G Flicx Pitch arrives in Australia

The 2G Flicx Pitch is now available in Australia and the surrounding region ahead of the new season. This is the first time that the new surface has been sold here following its successful launch last year in the UK where it is manufactured by Flicx UK.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a hugely versatile product with a number of possible applications to provide cricket facility solutions for clubs and schools. It can be used both indoors and out and for both senior and junior cricket with a soft or hard ball. Popular applications include ….

  • Converting a field into a cricket pitch
  • Converting an artificial such as a rubbercrumb or astroturf into a cricket pitch
  • To increase your junior capacity
  • Beach Cricket
  • Indoor Cricket or generally to take cricket to places it has never been played before.

The 2G Flicx Pitches simple “roll out, roll up” concept means its portable and doesn’t damage the under-surface. Some clubs use the Flicx Pitch to avoid strain on their main square whilst others leave it down for the whole season and allow grass to grow through the tiles.

Young cricketers can improve their bowling and batting techniques with our special coaching designs whilst logo’s can also be added which is a great option for club sponsors. The Flicx Pitch is great value for money and for all new customers in Australia we have a special 2G launch offer which means that the price includes delivery to your closest port. Flicx UK can also provide a quote and assist with delivery to your club on request too. Why not take a look around our main website for lots more details on our products and various case studies from existing customers all around the world alternatively REQUEST A QUOTE using our simple online form. Look out for future blogs on the history of the Flicx Pitch in Australia and Case Studies …

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9 applications of the world’s most versatile cricket pitch…

We believe that we have created the worlds most versatile cricket pitch.

You can roll it up, move it around, use it for hard or soft ball cricket for adults or children playing inside or outside – on top of a surface or rolled in for a more permanent wicket … the choice is yours and you can be assured (with correct preparation to the undersurface) of a consistency bounce that will enable great performances with both bat and ball. All this versatility and flexability comes at only a fraction of the cost of other artificial surfaces… Take a read below at some of the various applications – our top 9 if you like; then if would like a quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch for your club/ school, simply complete our new QUOTE form

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1.Indoor Cricket

The 2G Flicx Pitch will solving the age old problem of finding a suitable playing surface for indoor cricket. Flicx UK have conducted various trials on sprung floors with excellent results. For an independent view, read Cricket Central’s review (read more)

2. Convert a grass field into a cricket pitch

A popular application is to enable fields which host football or rugby in the winter, to become cricket wickets in the summer just with the addition of a 2G Flicx Pitch

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

3. Convert a 3G rubbercrumb /astro or other artificial into a cricket pitch

In emerging cricketing nations where other artificial pitches maybe accessible, the 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled on top to create a great surface. Read our guest blog by Manik Kuchroo (click here)

 “We now play most of our games on the 2G Flicx pitch and are able to experience cricket as it should be – on a true ground with a true pitch. This experience has helped us improve tremendously over other local teams in the area.” 

4. In the nets

Create a practice area to be proud of or upgrade an existing worn artificial surface for a fraction of the price!

5. As a coaching aid

With bright colours and target tiles, the 2G Flicx Skills or Eagle eyed  pitch (see below) is a great coaching aid for young players to hone their bowling or batting techniques. Develops consistent bowling lengths and allows batsmen to play their shots in confidence.

The Flicx Pitch gets it's first outing at Dore Primary School this afternoon with lots of excited children #cricket

The Flicx Pitch gets it’s first outing at Dore Primary School this afternoon with lots of excited children #cricket

 

6. To increase your junior capacity

If your club is looking to increase its capacity the Flicx Pitch means two junior games can be played on your oval or a second wicket laid to save your main square. Watch our new video to see how!

7. To play cricket anywhere!!

The Flicx Pitch has hosted many extraordinary games over the years – Down a mine, up the worlds two highest mountains and even in the London eye … the possibilities are endless (Read More) … maybe we will get cricket into space one day!

8. For a beach cricket tournament

Promoting the game to a new audience has led some clubs and associations to host beach cricket tournaments. Your Flicx Pitch is perfect and we are excited to be involved in the national beach cricket championships taking place in Cornwall this September! http://www.beachcricketcornwall.org/

9. The official pitch of Cage Cricket

Cage Cricket is dynamic, visual, high octane entertainment fused with the attitude of youth culture and extreme sports. At the Ageas Bowl, their is a permanent cage with a 2G Flicx Pitch specifically designed to match the scoring system!  http://www.cagecricket.com/

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Pativia Solomua from Samoa wins a Flicx Batting End

Flicx UK would like to congratulate Pativia Solomua from Samoa whose entry was successful in the recent ICC EAP competition, to win a Batting End for her community. Pativia’s inspiration story ” Finding the Edge” won by a small margin over Moce Island, Fiji who were second with their entry “Selected to go oversea’s”

Pativia’s story tells of how cricket “brought her back from a life of hopelessness” after the death of her mother and how she has gone onto represent the Samoan national side, before more recently coaching her son and daughter to international success. The competition really showed the passion that our finalist nations Samoa, Fiji and Vanautu have for the game – which also be seen in the video put together for the competition by Adam Cassidy, Regional Project Officer at ICC EAP. Flicx would like to thank Adam and all the finalists for their support in promoting the competition to their networks.

The Flicx pitch was originally developed to take the game to places where it has not been played before, so it’s a great way to create cricketing venues which can in turn get more people playing the sport particularly in countries where cricket is still developing or the climate makes maintaining a wicket more challenging. As well as match pitches, we have a range of coaching products so for any enquiries from the EAP region please contact Paul at Flicx Australia on paul@flicx.com.

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ICC EAP competition deadline

To enter the competition we are looking for stories illustrated by an image showing, how cricket has made a difference to your life and to your community?

Anyone whether they be an individual or club can enter from any ICC East-Asia Pacific member country, if you have been inspired to play the game whatever your circumstance – we want to hear about it! Take a look at this fantastic video which tells you what the competition is about…

Please email 250 words and attach a photo and send to kate@flicx.com

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Flicx Australia – what you need to know

Just a little blog to let you know a little bit more about how to contact Flicx Australia which is our agent for the pitches in Australasia. Flicx Austalasia is run by Paul Gilchrist who is based in Melbourne. All the news and information from Flicx Australia can be found online at http://www.flicxaustralasia.com.au/ and for those into Social Media they are also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flicx-Australasia

Paul supplies some of the leading Cricket Retailers in Australia with Flicx including…

  • Keith Dudgeon Sports

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  • Greg Chappell Cricket Centre

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  • Kingsgrove Sports

ksc12For more information about purchasing any products from the Flicx range from around the Australasia region do contact Paul on 0419 539 980 or email  paul@flicx.com

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Looking for inspirational cricket stories from ICC – EAP members – WIN A FLICX BATTING END!

The International Cricket Council- East Asia Pacific is delighted to be partnering with Flicx to offer one lucky winner a brand new Flicx Batting End to support an emerging cricketing community.

To enter the competition we are looking for stories illustrated by an image showing, How cricket has made a difference to your life and to your community? Anyone whether they be an individual or club can enter from any ICC East-Asia Pacific member country, if you have been inspired to play the game whatever your circumstance – we want to hear about it!

ICC EAP Competition

ICC EAP Competition

After the closing date on the 6th November, the finalists will be posted online on the Flicx Blog and the winner will be the image and story with the most shares and likes which also serves to promote cricket to all corners of the East Asia Pacific region.

Speaking about the competition Kieran McMillan, Regional Development Manager of ICC East-Asia Pacific commented, “Cricket has the potential to captivate and inspire people of every age, gender, background while building bridges between continents, countries and communities. We would encourage all our member clubs to enter this great new competition and are grateful to Flicx for providing a prize that will improve the facilities of our winner’s club giving more people access to the game,” said McMillan.

On behalf of Crazy Catch Richard Beghin added, “Flicx Pitches have provided new playing surfaces for youngsters around the world for the last 12 years having originally been designed and developed in South Africa, for youngsters in Townships. Flicx and ICC have worked closely over the years to help develop cricket and this competition will be a great way for clubs around the world where cricket is not so easily accessible, to improve their facilities and demonstrate the power of the sport. By entering the competition it’s also a great opportunity to raise the profile of your club locally using the power of social media,” said Beghin.

Competition Format

Entries are now being sought from ANY individuals or clubs based in the ICC East-Asia Pacific Region. To enter simply describe ‘How cricket has made a difference to your life and to your community?’ Maybe you were inspired, taken the game to an area where it hasn’t been played before, have overcome barriers or helped others to improve their cricket or know someone who does???

Please write and submit in no more than 250 words your entry with an accompanying photo to kate@flicx.com before the deadline of 6th November 2013. Finalists will then have until the 29th November 2013 to place your vote and the winner of the Flicx Batting end will be the submission with the most likes and shares.

There will also be runners up prizes for second and third place.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to win a brand new Flicx Batting End for your community- write your entry today and send to kate@flicx.com

  • Entries limited to ICC East-Asia Pacific Member Countries.
  • Each entry must come from a club or individual association to a Member Cricket Federation
  • Each entrant should adhere to the ‘spirit of cricket’
  • Each submission must be received no later than midnight (GMT) on  6th November
  • Voting online will end on the 29th November 2013
  • The winners will be announced by 6th December 2013
  •  ICC East-Asia Pacific and Flicx UK have the right to use the pictures and stories submitted in their own media unless otherwise stated.

For more information on buying a Flicx Pitch please call Paul Gilchrist, Director of Flicx Australasia on 0419 539 980 or email paul@flicx.com – www.flicxaustralasia.com.au

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