As it’s the start of the New Year, we wanted to share some of our favourite projects from 2017 …it is always great to hear such fantastic stories about how the 2G Flicx Pitch is helping to increase cricket participation globally
William Perkins School (Middlesex Funding) | Cricket matches had never been hosted at William Perkins School prior to the purchase of a 2G Flicx Pitch which was part funded by Middlesex Cricket. “It’s easy to set up and gives a good playing surface for our students to practice and play matches on, increasing our participation greatly” says Director of Cricket, Paul Harrison (Read More)
Roturua T20 Tournament | Junior cricketers in New Zealand prepared for the new season by participating in an innovative pre-season T20 tournament hosted under floodlights at the Rotorua International Stadium and played new 2G Flicx Pitches. (Read More)
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. “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 then on three differing artificial surfaces the mat settled down quickly (Read More)
Women’s Cricket Festivals | Flicx UK were proud to be part of the Women’s Soft Ball cricket festival hosted at Beaconsfield CC. Matches were hosted on 3 X 10m blue 2G Flicx Batting Ends which were used to divide the main cricket oval into 3 smaller cricket areas.
Sydney Sixers | The Sixers Beach Blast was back and bigger for 2017 and see’s the community team travelling around NSW beaches and hosting cricket clinics for young Sixers fans on magenta throwdowns. (Read More)
With cricket participation rates growing by 20% each year, cricket clubs and associations in New Zealand are finding they are a victim of their own successes with a severe shortage of suitable cricket grounds and facilities to play the game. Neeraj Kumar of Complete Cricket has recently started the agency for 2G Flicx Pitches and the response has been hugely positive with the portability and flexibility of the roll out solution really hitting the spot as this recent TV piece on “Newshub” outlines.
This demonstration in question at Karaka Cricket Club in Auckland saw an adult exhibition match take place and over 50 guests attend to eye ball the 2G Flicx product which is manufactured in the UK and was specifically developed to create new opportunities for people to play cricket. The applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch are varied and many but typically they are used to convert a grass field into a cricket pitch.
Neeraj Kumar spoke about his excitement about the 2G Flicx Pitch product and its performance in New Zealand conditions
“Clubs and schools at our demonstrations to date have all been really impressed by the 2G Flicx Pitch with many orders placed immediately. There is no better solution on the market for clubs in New Zealand who are looking to increase their capacity whilst still offering a realistic cricket experience to both batsmen and bowlers. When rolled out on a firm, flat surface the 2G Flicx Pitch offers good pace and bounce for both senior adult matches right down to grassroots levels for juniors where the pitch can be split and rolled out on the outfield. We have also had interest for backyard pitches and from clubs looking to upgrade or resurface worn astros.
The 2G Flicx Pitch is now hugely popular all around the world with the Rajasthan Cricket Board in India funding 70 Batting Ends last year, whilst Flicx UK are developing partnerships with various county boards to help fast track their participation programmes and inspire more children the play the game. The beauty of product is undoubtedly its versatility and portability; One match pitch can be moved by one person using our Flicx safety trolley and then ripped and split into two batting ends. Preparation time is short (the grass below just needs to be cut short) and maintenance minimal whilst the new, softer 2G tile offers excellent grip and offers spin for those bowlers who can turn the ball. A club can use the very same pitch at other locations by rolling it out on synthetic AstroTurf or 3G rubbercrumb pitches, indoor sports-halls, playgrounds or other concrete surfaces or even sand for beach cricket festivals which provides great cost effectiveness on the investment.
Complete Cricket have a full container of 2G Flicx Pitches arriving in New Zealand ahead of the new cricket season and are currently taking pre-orders for pitches. Click here to get a quote or DOWNLOAD the Complete Cricket flyer containing more details on the 2G Flicx Pitch range as well as the various applications, features and benefits.
Especially for our overseas customers, we have prepared a short video demonstration of the 2G Flicx Pitch. Watch the video below and see Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby show how the 2G Flicx Pitch can be used. Ash covers
How the pitch is delivered
How to roll out your pitch
What the pitch is made of and what the surface is like and how it performs
How its versatility can create different applications for a user
How to move the pitch
This video made with footage supplied by Rajasthan Cricket Association, when they visited Wormsley to view the 2G Flicx Pitch. We will be producing further videos over the coming season that you will be able to watch on our You Tube or Facebook sites. If you have any questions you would like answering about the pitches performance, just contact us via the comment box below or call or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01295 816765.
The 2G Flicx Pitch is performing really well in both UK conditions and all around the world. With UV stabilisers its can even be left out in sub continent conditions and offers good grip for spinners and also allows batsmen to play their shots in confidence. To roll the pitch back up, take a look at this footage so you can follow our safety points.
To get a quote or learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch and how it is helping customers all around the world to play more cricket, simply visit our website www.flicx.co.uk
If you are looking to create additional cricket capacity for your club or school and you have a grass field that is traditionally used for rugby or football during the winter, then the 2G Flicx Pitch could be your solution.
This was the exact predicament for Windsor Boys school, where their cricket programme had outgrown the number of turf wickets available on site for matches and practice. With the grass cut down short in the middle, (rolling would be beneficial too), a 2G Flicx Pitch was rolled out on top and a new facility created. The pictures below show senior boys who are all club cricketers playing a game on the 2G Flicx Pitch and you can see how the bowlers have good purchase off the surface and there is excellent pace and bounce.
This application is the most popular application of our pitch especially in countries like the UK, New Zealand, the USA and Australia. In Australia it could be AFL ovals being converted and in New Zealand at the moment, cricket facilities are at a premium so this method of converting grass fields is very popular.
The benefit of the new 2G Flicx Pitch product is that is multi purpose so the same pitch seen here can then be rolled up after the game and used in the nets (both grass and on synthetic surfaces), or split in the middle to create two batting ends for junior Kwik cricket or then used inside for winter nets or on the playground or concrete surfaces too. This versatility gives great value for money for the customer and means cricket can be taken to new audiences which is especially important given the popularity of T20 cricket and the need for more informal cricket options.
Schools or clubs with capacity issues now have a solution that is easy to create and virtually maintenance free. We would recommend the pitch is rolled up after each game and just rolled out an hour before the game to give it time to settle and for the tiles feet to mould to the under surface. If you could give more details on this application and its suitability for your requirements, feel free to give one of our pitch advisers a call on 01295 816765.
We are rushed off our feet at the moment, fulfilling orders for 2G Flicx Pitches in one of our busiest ever starts to the new cricket season. Clubs (and schools) are increasingly seeing the value of the versatility of the 2G Flicx Pitch and all the benefits that it can offer in terms of developing existing facilities or adding new capacity for both matches and training.
Your 2G Flicx Pitch will arrive in two rolls. These can be easily moved by 1 person using the 2G Flicx Safety Trolley and make for a portable resource. The same pitch can be rolled onto a grass field or astro/rubbercrumb pitch to convert it into a cricketing venue whilst you can also unzip the pitch in the middle which will give you two batting ends for junior sessions or in the nets. A 2G Flicx Pitch is around 1/3 of the price of a NTP but offers much more flexibility.
For clubs who struggle with enough resource (time or expertise) to maintain a turf wicket, the 2G Flicx Pitch, which has all weather properties, means the season can be extended by taking pressure off your main square or by using it for training or 2nd/3rd team matches. We have even found clubs using the pitch in wet conditions when play usually isn’t possible PLUS it also works indoors so you can have a flat, firm surface for nets which will last years and years provide great cost effectiveness for your clubs budget.
Our pitches also come in various coaching designs which will help develop the skills of younger players and our new multi-aged pitch (MAP) means that different age group games can be played on the same wicket, just by moving the stumps to the different crease markings. Speaking about some of our recent customers, business development manager Ashley Appleby commented
When demonstrating the 2G Flicx Pitch, clubs are always impressed with how were the pitch performs on a range of different surfaces and how easy our new product is to use. The specially formulated synthetic compound has more rubber in the moulded tile making it softer and malleable to touch, which is great for British conditions and offers good pace and bounce when used on a firm flat surface.
In addition clubs are taking advantage of our branding options to get sponsors to invest in the pitch. New digital printing means that a logo can be added into the pitch for only a small investment, but the perceived value for the partner is very high particularly with the PR opportunities available.
You lose games at the start of the season as the main square is not yet ready (generally weather related)
Throughout the season, your main square badly deteriorates due to overuse
Bad weather can hamper pitch preparation by your groundsman which is time consuming and costly
Your main square is unsafe to use, early on in the season
The weather maybe bad, but you can still play cricket
These are common problems for clubs in the UK, and this is where the versatility of the 2G Flicx Pitch really comes into its own. If your main square is not ready, you can just roll a 2G Flicx Pitch out over your square and train or play pre-season games all without damage to the surface underneath. Likewise the pitch can be rolled out next to your main square. All of this means less work for your ground-staff and less preparation time such as line painting.
Clubs with multiple teams, may wish to save their main square for the first team and the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great match and training surface. When laid on a firm, flat surface, you will get a great bounce and spin and seam too.
Even when the weather is damp, the 2G Flicx Pitch still performs … we even have clubs up in Scotland, using the pitch to extend their season and reduce the number of games being called off. This same pitch can also be used during the closed season for winter nets, on an Astroturf or Rubbercrumb to add extra facilities or zipped and split into batting ends for junior matches or Kwik cricket on your outfield. All these applications give you great value for money and the price of a 2G Flicx Pitch compares very favourably against other “artificials” with additional benefits such as the portability and versatility factors.
“Bute maintains its own ground but has always fought an unsuccessful battle against the heavy rainfall the island receives which had frustratingly led to the postponement of many fixtures over the years. All this changed in 2014 however when the club purchased a 2G Flicx wicket which has completely transformed the clubs facility situation to the extent that there were no rain affected cancellations in 2015. Practice was held every week on the clubs 2G Flicx wicket and it was even used it for the inaugural Bute beach cricket festival. Furthermore the league Bute County CC is affiliated too, the Western District Cricket Union (WDCU) approved the pitch trial and its suitability for hosting league matches.”
Flicx UK are delighted to roll out a new product for the 2017/2018 season, the 2G Flicx Multi-Aged-Pitch (MAP). The MAP pitch is specifically aimed at schools and clubs who need a match pitch that can cater for different age groups. With this new product coaches can move the stumps according to the colour coded creases demarcated for the various age groups to change the pitch size from 20.12m to 18.12m or even 16.12m depending on which team is playing or practising. The MAP pitch also has an additional 1m section behind both sets of wickets, this is of great benefit to bowlers who are now on the pitch in their delivery stride.
Feedback is suggesting that the 2G Flicx MAP pitch will solve capacity issues for clubs and you have the value derived from only purchasing one pitch for all your age groups. Versatility is the key point here and our 2G Flicx Pitch can be roll out on grass, astro, concrete, beaches or pretty much any firm, flat surface to convert it into a cricketing venue. The new 2G tile also performs very well indoors and with each pitch coming in two rolls, your 2G Flicx Pitch can also be easily zipped apart to create 2 batting ends for the nets or kwik cricket on your outfield, again increasing your capacity and enabling more cricket to be played.
Speaking about the new pitch, Flicx UK’s business development manager Ashley Appleby commented “This new product is really going to tick a lot of boxes for many clubs and schools. It gives clubs and schools even more versatility than ever before to use a 2G Flicx pitch for multiple age groups without any additional preparation time. Time and cost savings will help cricket masters and coaches, spend more time developing their players skills so that can only be a good thing”
Flicx are taking orders now for the new cricket season; for a bespoke quote for your club or school simply complete a quote request form or call one of our advisers on 01295 816765 with any questions on the 2G Flicx Pitches suitability for your requirements.
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
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
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
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)
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!!
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.