Women’s softball cricket festivals are bolder in blue

Flicx UK were very proud to be part of the Women’s Soft Ball cricket festival this weekend. Matches at the Beaconsfield festival were hosted on blue 2G Flicx cricket pitches where we supplied 3 x 10m batting ends which were used to divide the main cricket oval into 3 smaller cricket fields for the mini games.

In order to prepare the area, the groundsman at Beaconsfield cut the grass short and then on the morning of the tournament the blue pitches were rolled out and given a short time to settle. No pain, all gain! Soft Ball Cricket is a new, fun, fast, social game from the ECB for all abilities where the games are played using a soft ball so no need for pads, helmets etc – its very easy to just turn up and play. Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals are taking place throughout this summer during the ICC Women’s World Cup and offer a new route into cricket especially for beginners.

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications, download our 2017 brochure which features a whole raft of case studies or for a free quote, visit www.flicx.co.uk 

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Warwick School Tournament, Middlesex in the Community and get your game started quicker

Just a few recent images from events involving the 2G Flicx Pitch to share…

Warwick School cricket festival

Warwick School cricket festival was a massive success. Flicx UK were very happy to help facilitate the many 8 over matches on the outfield using our blue 2G Flicx 10m batting ends. The format allowed for softball cricket in the morning then hardball cricket in the afternoon (the new 2G Flicx pitch makes it possible to use both types of balls). To use the 2G Flicx Pitch on your outfield, you simply need to cut the grass down short (10-15mm) then roll the pitch out on top.

Warwick School used their two 2G Flicx Skills batting ends for 2 of the matches, whilst Flicx brought two additional blue batting ends for the other games.

Middlesex in the Community

In recent weeks the Middlesex participation team have been out and about using their Pinky’s Pavillion 2G Flicx Pitch at various events, laid on various under surfaces. Events have included the Middlesex Schools day at Lord’s, Allstar’s Cricket at the Westminster Mile and most recently at a pop up event in Hounslow town centre. Not only is the pitch versatile and portable, but it also adds alot of fun and excitement to the Middlesex events programme with the coaching tiles, helping to focus the attention of bowlers when pitching the ball.

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New upgraded 1/4 2G tiles in the crease has made a big difference in terms of the speed the 2G Flicx Pitch settles. The pitch now settles in half the time and flattens instantly allowing games to commence faster than previously. We recommend you lay the pitch an hour before use although the condition of the under surface and the weather will both impact on how quickly it reaches optimum pace and bounce.

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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.

Vagabonds CC Portugal Tour 2016

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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#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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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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The new 2G Flicx Tennis Court | For pop up events or fully installed

Flicx UK, creators of the 2G Flicx Pitch, have now expanded their product range to incorporate Sports Courts in Tennis, Netball and Multi sport use. Courts can be made to any size or colour specification and branding can be added which will appeal to sponsors looking for innovation activation and PR opportunities.

Recently for Sportfest 2016 held at Wormsley, we rolled out our first 2G Flicx  Tennis court which coaching company Premier Tennis used all weekend to deliver their program on. It was enjoyed by adult and kids alike with Jeff Hunter, Managing Director, commenting

 ” I think the surface has performed really well. We have had 500 or so kids on and off the court and some adults too getting stuck in. The court stayed firmly in place, the bounce has been true; its been a really good addition to our program”

In addition to pop up events – where grass fields, artificial surfaces, concrete or beaches could be converted into tennis courts, we also have a cost effective solution to tennis court resurfacing projects. The 2G Flicx tile is durable and has a life span 3 times that of tarmac courts making it very cost effective. Take a look at our fully installed multi sport court that The Lettuce Company use to keep their workforce active.

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