10 ways the 2G Flicx Pitch can help develop cricket

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. Here we present our top 10 ways that the 2G Flicx Pitch can help you develop cricket be in your club, home or school. 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

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. Increasing junior cricket participation is a big priority at the moment for many leading cricket organisations; we can bespoke pitches to the requirement of the game for example 14m pitches for U10’s matches (Watch our #AskAsh on this topic)

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! See how Middlesex Cricket or the Sydney Sixers have used the pitch in their programmes.

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). If your club is looking for help in generating funding, you might want to take a look at our FUNDING GUIDE (UK centred)

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 in the Kenyan Desert with the Maassai Warriors. 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. Read more about Installation and Maintenance

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 and maintenance is minimal.

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. 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, charities and cricket associations is proving popular and is a great way to retain players in the sport.

 

 

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Flicx Pitch fix for the San Diego Cricket Association

With great weather and year-round fixtures, what’s not to love about cricket in San Diego, California but growing their membership over the past decade up to 22 teams and 500 players hasn’t been without significant challenges.

The San Diego Cricket Association (SDCA) hosts matches adult (with some youth players) T20 matches in 6 or 7 public parks across the city and recently purchased two 2G Flicx Pitches which were re-configured to create 5 batting ends (2.6m x 10m in size). The 2G Flicx Pitch has solved a couple of the key facility problems facing the SDCA…

  1. As the public parks are used for other sports like soccer and American football, the grass generally contains minor bumps and undulations. Using the 2G Flicx Pitch MITIGATES SURFACE IMPERFECTIONS and as a result the quality of cricket has increased, and the games are more competitive.
  2. Compared to using Jute matting (formerly used by the SDCA), the 2G Flicx Pitch is a much FIRMER, HARDER SURFACE, so the ball comes onto the bat nicely and the pitch doesn’t need replacing every season, which makes it very cost effective. Batsmen no longer face the peril and unpredictability of either low bouncing balls or balls around the head as the wicket is consistent and realistic.
  3. The SDCA has strengthened relationships with the city authorities as by using the 2G Flicx Pitch there is REDUCED WEAR AND TEAR ON THE GRASS UNDER SURFACE in the park so minimal maintenance costs because of hosting cricket in these public areas.
  4. EASE OF INSTALLATION AND STORAGE. The SDCA found the Flicx Pitch easy to install – in fact they took the versatility of the product one step further and purchased the component parts and built their own bespoke batting end sizes to suit player requests for a wider wicket.

Player feedback has also been very positive as SDCA president Aditya Sehgal explains. “Batsmen like playing on the 2G Flicx Pitch wickets as they produce even bounce and good pace which has increased the level of competitiveness in our matches and the ball comes onto the bat nicely so shots like drives can be executed in confidence. We are very satisfied with how the 2G Flicx Pitches are working for us”. With the huge number of leagues now operating in California Aditya is sure colleagues from other leagues can benefit hugely with the introduction of the Flicx Pitch in their locations.

So, what’s next for cricket in California? With the creation of Cricket USA, Aditya would like to see more support filtering down to help grow the game locally and would welcome help convincing city authorities of the value of the sport and resources to develop more junior players. In addition, help creating, and funding suitable facilities will be vital whilst the other part of the puzzle would be more support for top players looking to take their skills to the international arena where players still are self-funded. Perhaps one day we will see a SDCA player in the Big Bash or IPL?? certainly with the passion for cricket displayed by Aditya and his colleagues, anything is possible. You can follow the SDCA at http://sandiegocricket.com/

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The 2G Flicx Pitch is solving a cricket facility shortage in New Zealand

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.

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Transform your garden into a practice batting facility with the Flicx Home Academy

Transform your garden into a practice batting facility with the help of a Flicx Home Academy just like Philip Hesketh who created this area at their Staffordshire home last summer to help his 14 year old son Rohan to develop his cricketing skills. The Flicx Home Academy is a package deal comprising of a 2G Flicx Pitch or Batting End and Net system (a bowling machine can also be added on request)

Flicx Home Academy

It sounds like every young cricketers dream, the ability to play cricket all the time in the safety of your own home and with the huge convenience factor that this brings but in fact is it’s a relatively simple vision to realise with Flicx as our roll out wickets do not require any civil works to install and ongoing maintenance is minimal.

The Hesketh’s first heard about the Flicx Home Academy via a friend who also has a Home Academy system installed and after researching the product and how to use it at www.flicx.co.uk and taking advice from Flicx MD Richard Beghin, Philip was ready to purchase and hugely convinced of its merits and value. Preparation was relatively easy and involved cutting back the grass short and rolling the area to ensure it was flat and firm before rolling out their chosen product, a 10 x 1.8m skills batting end. The 2G Flicx skills range comes complete with coloured target tiles to assist with reading a balls line and length thus helps to develop good decision making skills for shot selection.

“We are really happy with the Flicx Home Academy we purchased and how it performs” says Philip. “The 2G Flicx Pitch produces a realistic bounce, similar to a turf wicket that matches are played on, so it allows Rohan to have the convenience of practicing his batting at home. The obvious benefit here is the ability for him to complete extra training, outside standard training sessions offered by his club and school, thus helping him to get an extra edge to his game.
Rohan often does throwdown’s to get his eye in before matches and because the area is netted, it is also used by both my children to safely practice catching without risk to the garden/ house windows!! “

Flexibility and versatility are additional selling points of the 2G Flicx Pitch range. The Hesketh’s mow over their pitch as the grass grows through the tiles and it will be kept down permanently but it is equally possible to roll the pitch out and back up again after each use or at the end of each season. It could even be used inside a garage during the winter or on top of other surfaces that might be available in the home environment. As well as our standard designs, sizes and specifications (shipped anywhere in the world) Flicx UK are also able to bespoke a home pitch to a customer’s specific requirements; if you are interested in learning more or have any particular questions just contact us via our website www.flicx.co.uk or call one of our advisors on 01295 816765.
NB – Rohan has now been selected for the Staffordshire County team which is testament to the extra work he is putting in.

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Use a 2G Flicx Pitch to protect your main square & extend the cricket season

Do any of these problems sound familiar??

  • 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
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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.”

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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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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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5 reasons why US cricketers LOVE the 2G Flicx Pitch

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a big hit across the pond in America … we are still receiving a really high number of enquiries for our versatile, roll out, portable solution and here’s our top 5 reasons why it’s so suitable for the US market.

1. It performs really well on artificial surfaces & can convert a grass or baseball field into a cricket venue

The 2G Flicx Pitch performs really well on a number of surfaces … these includes those found readily in the states including rubbercrumb pitches. By rolling a Flicx Pitch on top of this surface, you can convert the field into a cricket arena. We have also found alot of clubs playing on baseball parks by laying our roll our wicket on top of the diamond as seen in the All Stars Series organised by Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar http://cricketallstars2015.com/

Any flat, hard under surface will produce a great consistent bounce with a 2G Flicx Pitch including on a grass pitch as pictured below with the Utah Lions CC. Preparation of a grass field is minimal, you just need to cut it down short then roll the pitch on top. Rolling it will help bed the pitch in and clients have been reporting that the standard of their game and the players skills has increased hugely.

2. Selling advertising space can fund your pitch

Several customers in America have been leading the way in using the 2G Flicx Pitch as an advertising source by charging sponsor a premium for their logo to have a prominent position on their new wicket. One customer who purchased 2 pitches, managed to get 4 different sponsors on board. These logos were sprayed on, however now Flicx offer a very high quality digital print on all pitch branding.

3. The Dollar-Pound exchange rate makes purchasing a 2G Flicx Pitch very attractive for US clubs

With the weakening of the British Pound against the USD, it has made the price of the Flicx Pitch that much cheaper to purchase.. Flicx UK has decided not to increase prices in 2016/17 and thus while the British Pound is at its lowest level for 35 years you will in effect find you will be saving between 18- 20% . Hurry and buy now while it lasts!!

Click Here to get a unique quote for your club/school/university or college team. The quote will include shipping direct to your address which is available by sea (transit time minimum 14 days) or air (transit time approx 5 days) … excludes manufacturing lead times, print lead times and custom clearance and local carriage times.

4. The growth of American College Cricket 

Cricket as a sport is becoming more and more popular in the states and leagues such as American College Cricket (ACC) have been on the rise. Populous centers, such as New York, now have over 100 teams across 4 different state leagues. Since the advent of American College Cricket in 2009, over 70 colleges, including Harvard, have developed teams. Some games have been hosted on hockey fields since building a full cricket field is very expensive but now more and more clubs are turning to drop in or roll out pitches in order to convert any field into a cricket field and create a more authentic match. (Read the Harvard Case Study)

5. Longevity

The 2G Flicx Pitch is designed to last and can perform for well over 10 years (in fact we have pitches from our launch back in 1997 still going strong!! Whilst a choir mat can be used to host cricket these generally only last a season or two and therefore the cost effectiveness of the 2G Flicx Pitch is far superior giving your club value for money and a surface that will perform season after season. PLUS the Flicx provides a realistic playing surface against the inconsistency and irregularity of the ball bounce off other cheaper surfaces! Buy the best and get a unique quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch here http://www.flicx.co.uk/quotelead/

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What’s the difference between the 2G Flicx Skills Pitch and 2G Flicx Eagle-eyed Pitch???

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??

2G Eagle Eyed Pitch

2G Eagle Eyed Pitch

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.

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A Flicx Pitch Case Study by the ICC Academy in Dubai

The ICC Academy in Dubai’s mission is to become and remain the world’s leading cricket development, performance and education institution. It’s facilities are unrivalled and attract many international teams with the venue containing 2 full-size cricket ovals with floodlights, 7 synthetic and 3 hybrid pitches, an air-conditioned pavilion with state of the art gymnasiums, performance analysis technology etc and an indoor cricket centre including 6 indoor practice pitches and 4 Flicx Pitches which arrived in 2014.

One of 4 Flicx Pitches at the ICC Academy

One of 4 Flicx Pitches at the ICC Academy

The Flicx Pitches are a vital part of the ICC Academy’s schools program in Dubai with the key benefits being the ability to host multiple games on one oval and to also take the pressure off the main oval at the facility. Large tournaments are now possible and as a result the program is being expanded this year to give every school in Dubai access to these world class facilities. Speaking about the Flicx Pitches Samuel Charnley, Warriors Program Lead said

“The Flicx Pitch is an extremely powerful piece of equipment for the coaches and the ICC Academy, for numerous reasons. The pitch allows us to transform our ovals into an additional 2 grounds allowing us to play more games in shorter spaces of times. The pitches also create the ability for us to run junior tournaments with far greater ease.”

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The schools programme at the academy aims to attract every school in Dubai to the centre

The pitches are easily rolled up and rolled out onto the outfield and in the future program sponsors will also be able to add their branding onto the surfaces. In the hot, desert climate in the UAE, the Flicx Pitch is a great solution to enable cricket to develop for example in schools where it might be very expensive to grow and maintain a grass surface or their might be a lack of expertise from the staff, the Flicx pitch can be rolled out to create an authentic cricket experience by laying it over an astro or rubbercrumb pitch which most schools have on site. With many international schools in Dubai with large expat communities from the likes of the UK, India, South Africa etc, the sport has the potential to grow with facility solutions like the versatile pitch from Flicx UK.

Speaking about her visit to the ICC Academy, Flicx marketing manager Kate Costin said ” Flicx are very honoured to have 4 pitches at the ICC Academy … the facilities are first class and it’s great to hear how successful the schools program has been and Sam’s exciting plans for its development. We certainly believe that the Flicx Pitch is exceptionally well suited to conditions in Dubai and are keen to speak with schools in the UAE who want to create their own cricket facilities with the addition of a Flicx Pitch which going forward would be our new and improved 2G surface.

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