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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Flicx fix a portable solution for Coimbra Knights CC

Coimbra Knights Cricket Club are a social cricket club based in Coimbra, Central Portugal. They openly welcome touring teams from Germany, Russia and the UK as well as playing fixtures against teams in Porto and Lisbon. In addition to their home ground located centrally in the city they also play at other stadiums around the city and so for this reason Barrie Knowles the club president was looking for versatile pitch that would perform well on both grass and rubbercrumb and could be easily transported around.

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The 2G Flicx Pitch was the obvious choice for Coimbra and the pitch was ordered in April 2016. The pitch is left down only when the team have fixtures closely following each game and during the short winters here otherwise it is roll out and back up after matches then stored rolled up, vertically. (It is handily supplied in two equal halves by the way so it’s no problem to move or transport).
Knowles and his colleagues are delighted with their purchase.

“Our 2G Flicx Pitch has performed extremely really well so far and we have already used it on four different surfaces around the city. On grass the bounce was excellent where we pinned it down and then on three differing artificial surfaces (one which was a very old surface where the rubber was breaking up and two much newer surfaces) again we are very happy as the mat settled down nicely and quickly moulded to the under surface ahead of matches and training”

Teams that have toured Coimbra CC and have played on our new 2G Flicx Pitch have been equally impressed to the extent that Munich Cricket Club are now looking at purchasing one themselves and we are seeing more and more adult cricket clubs in Europe looking to Flicx to solve their facility issues indeed Coimbra CC are currently fundraising to extend their standard match pitch into an extra length pitch of 28.12 x 1.8m to add run offs for their bowlers onto each end of their pitch. These extensions will just clip into place without creating any bobbles or lifts – the new sections will sit perfectly flush against the existing tiles.

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Get a 2G Flicx Pitch for £85 per month | Leasing now offered

Does your club or school need to create new cricket facilities? The 2G Flicx Pitch is a versatile, portable, roll out solution that is hugely popular with schools and clubs for both indoor and outdoor, junior or senior cricket.

Flicx UK prides itself on providing the world’s most versatile cricket pitch at fraction of the cost of other synthetic or turf solutions but as a company we understand the complications behind parting with valuable capital expenditure. Leasing is a useful tool for clubs and schools looking to acquire new assets such as a 2G Flicx Pitch without affecting vital cash reserves.

What is a lease?

Leasing, quite simply, allows you to spread the cost of your purchase rather than parting with the cash up front. The amount is spread across fixed regular payments over a set period of time, usually between three to five years. Budgets can be planned around the fixed repayments, helping the business plan well ahead and maintain a healthy cash flow- this will put you in the treasurer or bursar’s good books!

Why lease a 2G Flicx Pitch?

• Get a 2G Flicx Pitches to increase your cricketing capacity now, regardless of budget
• Fast turnaround- you’ll usually get a decision within 24 hours of enquiring
• Won’t affect any existing lines of credit
• Helps protect your club or schools cash flow
• 100% tax-deductible rentals
• Easily budget around fixed repayments
• The 2G Flicx Pitch(s) is yours to own at the end of the term

For a customer looking to buy a 2G Flicx Match Pitch for example, you can now access this product for between £85.58 per month (based on a 5-year repayment) or £185.85 per month (based on a 2-year repayment). Take a look at some more product options and plans below

Leasing is a great way to acquire new assets for your business and can be very tax-efficient. One company that might be able to help is Johnson Reed Limited (Telephone: 0161 429 6949 Email: info@johnsonreed.co.uk Website: www.johnsonreed.co.uk). NB – This solution is only available to UK customers presently. Please CLICK HERE to complete the form on our main website to submit your interest for leasing a 2G Flicx Pitch

(NB- Lease finance is also available on our new Crick Attack bowling machine too)

Leasing Process

  1. School or club applies for finance (quotation, financial reports, letter from committee- clubs only)
  2. Leasing Company discusses finance options with school/club, finance approved and signed for
  3. Leasing Company pays Flicx UK on invoice
  4. Flicx UK deliver stock and resume after sales relationship with client
  5. School/club services monthly instalments to Leasing Company

For more information call Flicx UK on 01295 816765 or email ash@flicx.com

Leasing is suitable for UK business users only. This can include new or established businesses. Quotation is based on an established Limited business trading a minimum of 2 years and is for illustration purposes only. Illustration is applicable to Ltd companies only. All finance is provided by Johnson Reed Ltd. Subject to status and credit approval. E&OE. Documentation fees may apply. A deposit/advance rental and/or personal guarantee may be required. Title transfer/ownership options are available at end of lease term.

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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.

Is your club looking to access funding. Click the image above to download our helpful cricket club funding guide

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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.

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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

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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
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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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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/

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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.

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