The Wicketz Community Cricket Programme #AskAsh Episode 6

The latest episode of #AskAsh features our partnership with Lord’s Taverners with six of their Wicketz programmes now having access to a bespoke blue 2G Flicx Multi Aged Pitch (MAP) to help over come their facility challenges …

Wicketz is a community cricket programme targeting young people across the UK living in areas of deprivation and hard to reach groups. Our aim is to establish sustainable community hubs that provide year-round weekly sessions with a focus on developing crucial life skills and tackling issues that are prevalent to the local community.

Wicketz will tackle issues that negatively affect its participants and communities. Through sport, it will improve prospects of participants by developing their social and personal skills such as leadership, communication and self-esteem.

Said Henry Hazlewood, Head of Cricket Programmes “The long-term goal is to create a sustainable club environment focused on the wellbeing of its participants and local communities, and to leave a legacy beyond the funding cycle of the programme. Often in the areas of high deprivation that we are working, there is a distinct lack of green space. Wicketz needs this green space to try and establish a ‘home’ for Wicketz in the community. By providing 2G Flicx pitches to some of these communities it will enable us to build a thriving community hub that has long-term prospects. The Flicx pitches will enable us to do more and give the opportunity to more young people from these areas that need sporting provision the most.”

If your charity, County Board or organisation has a similar requirement, do get in touch with us – call 01295 816765 or request a quote for a multi-aged pitch click here.

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4 matches hosted on 1 cricket oval at Dean Headley’s Sport Bash festival!

2G Flicx Pitches were used to host a Kwik cricket festival at Ketton Sports Club last Friday as part of former England Cricketer Dean Headley’s Sport Bash event. This fun filled family sports day supports The Matt Hampson Foundation. Four 2G Flicx Batting Ends (two beige and two green) were placed on the outfield and the only preparation required was to cut the grass short under the wickets. These portable, roll out wickets hosted the BGL Kwik Cricket Cup and Plate over the course of the day.

Organiser Dean Headley is familiar with the 2G Flicx Pitch as his school Stamford purchased one around 6 months ago and for Sport Bash Headley was looking to solve a few issues and hence turned to Flicx …

’’With the growing number of teams that entered this years BGL Kwik Cricket festival at Sport Bash 2018 we needed to increase capacity on the Ketton Cricket Club oval to help increase growing participation, the additional cricket fields created by dividing the oval into 4 smaller fields. Using the 2G Flicx cricket pitch was huge successful with players, coaches and parents alike all having a great time.

The true bounce off the 2G Flicx cricket pitches ensured that loads of runs was scored and the fact that you can just roll these wickets out in the outfield after cutting the grass short meant that the ground staff were not overworked by having to cut, roll and paint wickets where the bounce would not have been as good as it was on the day using the Flicx cricket pitches.’’

After a great day of cricket Uppingham U9’s won the final by 14 runs whilst Stamford U9’s won the Plate Final against Bourne. This ground utilisation concept was described by Ashley Appleby in #AskAsh and it’s becoming a common request from national and local cricket associations looking to boost participation in areas of limited space. 1 oval can be divided in 2,3 or 4 junior cricket pitches.

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch range visit http://www.flicx.co.uk/pitches/ 

 

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Playing cricket on a football pitch … How to convert your ground with the 2G Flicx Pitch

One of the most popular applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch is converting Football or Rugby fields into cricket pitches. Last week we partnered with Essex Eagles Cricket to help Leyton Orient Community Trust host their annual cricket festival which involved inviting local schools to play on the pitch at Brisbane Road. Over 200 participants enjoyed cricket games throughout the day including 5 primary schools, 4 / 5 secondary schools, 1 Special school, 6 Community teams and 2 women’s teams.

To use the 2G Flicx Pitch on grass you simply need to cut an area 22 x 1.8m short (to 10-15mm) and then roll the 2G Flicx Pitch out. It ideally needs 30-45 minutes prior to play for the pitch to mould to the under surface. Using the world’s most versatile cricket pitch solution has a number of key benefits

  • It clearly demarcates the wicket and playing surfaces
  • Junior players get more success with their bowling and batting
  • Senior players get a much higher quality of match with the ball bouncing consistently on this firm, flat surface replicating a normal turf wicket
  • There is no damage to the undersurface
  • It’s quick and easy to convert the grass field – no ground preparation is required

At this event, tapeball cricket was played and the bounce was excellent, but an incrediball or leather cricket ball could also be used.

 As you can see from the photo above, one 2G Flicx Pitch was split into 2 batting ends (how it is supplied) so Leyton Orient’s pitch was converted into two cricket areas, engaging more players; before it was zipped together in the middle later for a larger senior match over the full 22 yard distance.

Speaking about the performance of the 2G Flicx Pitch, Essex Cricket’s Dan Feist said “The 2G Flicx Pitch that was used at Leyton for the tornado tape ball event was a great surface for the games to take place on providing the pace and bounce that the players had asked for to encourage good standards of game play during the evening.”

Tape-ball is growing in the UK, particularly among South Asian communities. WATCH this great video from ESPN (used with kind permission from Essex Cricket) is a great review of the event and Tape-ball crickets popularity. Fabulous example of partnership working

For more information about the 2G Flicx Match Pitch click here or call us on 01295 816765 for more specialist advice on how the 2G Flicx Pitch will perform for your application.

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Competition | Make your “Flicx Pitch Pitch” for your chance to win!

To celebrate our 21st birthday we are launching a new worldwide competition, a “Flicx Pitch Pitch” open to all clubs and schools looking to use a new 2G Flicx Pitch to improve the quality of their cricket provision or create new teams or development programmes.

The competition is open until Sunday 17th June and all you need to do to enter is compile a short pitch of no more than 300 words and complete the competition entry form. To ENTER and for full T+C’s visit http://www.flicx.co.uk/competition/

The 2G Flicx Pitch is the world’s most versatile cricket pitch solution and has a multitude of applications. It can be used …

  • To convert a grass football or rugby field into a cricketing venue
  • Over a synthetic field
  • On the playground or other concrete bases
  • On the beach for beach cricket
  • In the nets to upgrade worn or under performing synthetic surfaces
  • For indoor cricket
  • On the outfield to host multiple junior matches
  • As a second or third square to protect your turf wicket and many many more

Call us today to find out if the 2G Flicx Pitch is right for your application +44(0)1295 816765 or REQUEST A QUOTE or VIEW OUR 2018 PRODUCT RANGE.

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What is the cost of shipping a 2G Flicx Pitch to the USA??

To all cricket clubs, colleges and academies in the USA, we have some good news which makes purchasing a 2G Flicx Pitch even more cost effective than previous seasons. Flicx UK are offering £300 towards the shipping of a full match pitch and £150 towards the shipping of any batting end. Typical quotes are £520-£535 for a match pitch so the customer contribution is typically only £220 approximately.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a game changer for cricket participation in the States. We have fantastic case studies from clubs and colleges that have used our portable, versatile pitch to play cricket matches either by rolling it out onto a synthetic surface, baseball square or using public grass fields thus solving their facility problem, when it’s not possible to curate a turf wicket.

Existing satisfied customers include

  • Cricket Council USA
  • Long Island Youth Cricket Academy in NY
  • Harvard University – READ CASE STUDY
  • Tallahassee University
  • San Diego Cricket Association – READ CASE STUDY
  • Northwest Cricket League, Washington State & Twelves Cricket Club, Washington State
  • Cricmax Academy, New Jersey
  • Novel Sports on Trinidad and Tobago – READ CASE STUDY 

How is the 2G Flicx Pitch used in the States?

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a portable, roll out – roll up solution so it ticks the boxes for those looking to play in parks or open spaces as the pitch can be rolled out just before the game and there is no damage to the under surface. Cricket academies have seen huge benefit in using batting ends to develop their talent whilst the pitch is also commonly laid on concrete or synthetic turf fields to convert them into cricketing venues.

Players and clubs always point to the increase in the match quality with the 2G Flicx Pitch. It provides a grippy surface where the ball comes onto the bat nicely, favouring neither the batters or bowlers.

“We take immense pride in providing the Beehive State with a pitch which enhances the scope of cricket in Utah to the next level. Our new pitch allows an even playing field for the batsman and bowlers, helps the youngsters develop their skills as well as provides a set-up for adults to hone their skills. We truly believe that the 2G Flicx is to play a catalyst for us as a club to reach one of our true goals and that is to create opportunities for more people to enjoy the global game!!” – Utah Lions

“We chose the 2G Flicx Pitch because it’s a portable solution and means Novel Sports can set up a cricket experience centre at various locations for all to enjoy. We have already found that kids are very motivated to play on artificial surfaces such as the Flicx Pitch as it offers a good bounce and spin” – Novel Sports (Trinidad)

Interest is at a record high in the states as Flicx are able to offer more competitive shipping rates than previously. View our range of 2G Flicx Pitches or Click Here to get a quote of your club or school including US shipping charges

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We Coach Cricket get to grips with the 2G Flicx Skills Pitch

Flicx UK have hooked up with Cricket You Tubers We Coach Cricket to showcase the 2G Flicx Skills pitch and how it can be used by coaches for both batting and bowling drills to improve players skills and decision making. This first in a series of videos shows the unveiling of the batting end at the Dummer Centre including the addition of the We Coach logo printed on the surface !!!

Kieran and Dan chat to our business development manager Ashley Appleby about how the product is used and some of its features namely the grey hawk eye strip, coloured coaching targets and the 2G tile itself and how that creates a surface that is firm and flat but still provides grip and turn allowing for a great standard of training and matches to take place.

Stay tuned to We Coach Cricket every Friday for a new video release – we have some great challenges and technical drills to follow which you can try in your next training session. For more information about the 2G Flicx Coaching Pitches (available in a skills design shown here or Eagle Eyed design) CLICK HERE where you can learn more and get a quote for your club or school. NB – Flicx UK ship worldwide.

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The growth of cricket in Spain | Torrevieja Cricket Case Study

Torrevieja Cricket Club is located in Spain’s south-eastern Alicante province, on the Costa Blanca and the club has recently acquired a Flicx Pitch which has provided a much more consistent playing surface for their matches and training.

Cricket in Spain is growing in popularity with ex-pats from all cricketing countries participating with a few natives sprinkled here and there, with Torrevieja participating in the East and Central cricket league which pits them against sides including Madrid CC, Valencia, La Manga, two teams from Alicante and Sporting L ’Alfas in 40 over and T20 matches. Facilities are varied from the high-quality provision at La Manga CC to clubs playing on coconut matting where the bounce isn’t consistent and there is no way of repairing any wear and tear on the surface. This was the case at Torrevieja who were very keen to investigate better alternatives which would make for higher quality matches.

After Madrid CC purchased a new 2G Flicx Pitch, enquiries were made by Torrevieja about using their old original Flicx Pitch and soon the roll out solution was being shipped to Torre’s ground which is a council owned “multi use” athletics track.

As you might expect with a grass surface of this nature and with its athletics applications, it can be fairly undulated especially in areas of high javelin and shot-put traffic, so the fact the Flicx pitch is firm and flat means that it mitigates these areas of unevenness. The pitch is rolled out and back up after each game and the grass is cut short at the venue following the purchase of a petrol- driven lawnmower by the club to supplement the council’s best efforts.

The quality of the matches since the acquisition of the Flicx Pitch is much higher so explains chairman Graham Shelton “We are really happy with the Flicx Pitch; the bounce is much more consistent than we were achieving previously and its quicker and more convenient to lay the pitch. With the modular tile layout, it has the added advantage of being able to easily replace any damaged tile quickly and cost effectively. We pretty much play all year round apart from when it’s raining when the pitch can become slippery and have already spoken to colleagues at other clubs around Spain where the Flicx Pitch would also be suitable and like us are ready to take cricket in the region to the next level”

 

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Preparing your ground for the new Cricket season #AskAsh Episode 3

As it’s currently pre-season for clubs and schools in the UK and northern hemisphere, this episode of #AskAsh covers what you need to do to prepare your ground ahead of laying a 2G Flicx Pitch …

The advice from Flicx UK Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby in this episode centres around the application of a 2G Flicx Pitch on grass. Particularly covering how to use it to add facilities to an existing ground for example, using the 2G Flicx Pitch as a second wicket to extend the cricket season (see Bute CCC case study for an example of a club in Scotland using our product as an all weather solution) and also when rolling out the 2G Flicx Pitch on the outfield for nets or to host multiple junior cricket matches. In terms of installing, the 2G Flicx Pitch is very quick and easy to use and if you follow the five pointers below you can achieve a realistic playing surface when laying it on grass…

1. IDENTIFY | Select a firm, flat area 22 x 2m on your grass field where you lay your 2G Flicx Pitch. Put on your gloves.
2. PREPARE | Cut the grass short in this area. Grass should be cut to 10-15mm with shorter grass giving you optimum performance Fill all diverts with a similar compact-able soil to the base surface and level off any high spots. Rolling is recommended for optimum
performance before each use.
3. PLACE | Position your two strapped pitch rolls in the middle of the strip. The 2G Flicx Match Pitch is rolled from the middle to the two opposite creases so place both rolls parallel to each other with the ends facing each other and remove the straps. Do not unroll the
pitch.
4. ROLL OUT | Make fine adjustments to align the connectors. This should be done when the two sections are still rolled up. Once all the connectors are correctly positioned, clip the two batting ends together. Roll the two batting ends out from the middle to the creases.
5. WAIT | Your 2G Flicx Pitch needs time to settle. We advise rolling out your 2G Flicx Pitch 30-45 minutes prior to each use. Failure to do this may result in low, uneven bounce at the start of play.

 

 

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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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