Get set for a better Indoor Net!

With the county sides now returning for pre-season and top cricketing schools already making plans for the 2019 season, attention turns to winter nets. As the world’s most versatile cricket pitch solution, the new and improved 2G Flicx Pitch performs really well indoors and many top venues have already made the switch over from traditional matting.

Here are our business development manager Ashley Appleby’s top 8 reasons why the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great solution for your indoor nets …

  1. Improved bounce even on sprung floors over conventional matting
  2. Offers realistic turn and seam movement for bowlers
  3. Ball comes onto the bat encouraging stroke play
  4. Easy to roll up and store away (can be roll out by one person using the Flicx Safety Trolley)
  5. Uses less storage space, only ½ sq meter for 2 batting ends.
  6. Coaching pitches aid player development with focused colour coded zones
  7. Hard wearing, with correct use and care the 2G Flicx pitch is expected to last 5-10 years
  8. No taping required, the pitch won’t move… simply roll it out and play

One school to recently purchase 2G Flicx Pitches for both their indoor and outdoor programmes is Warwick School. Says Head of Cricket Simon Francis “The 2G Flicx skills pitch has been a fantastic addition for our cricketers for their winter training. Both batters and bowlers have benefited from more visual cues and targets, both individually and against each other. For our coaches it creates lots of opportunities to create challenges for bowlers and batsmen, as well as making it easier to judge where the ball pitched more easily. It has created excitement for the young bowlers as something new and interesting to interact with”

As well as in sportshalls with wooden sprung floors, the 2G Flicx Pitch can also be used in indoor football centres where 3G rubbercrumb surfaces are laid. This is a particularly popular application for indoor cricket leagues.

IMPORTANT | Remember the 2G Flicx Pitches are supplied in two half pitch batting rolls so one pitch is two batting ends for your indoor centre or sportshall. It’s important to follow a few key guidelines with regards to getting maximum performance from your pitch including storing the two rolls separately rolled up tightly on their ends.

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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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Applying the “MCC Spirit of Cricket” lecture by Brendon McCullum to Flicx UK

This week in our team meeting, we listened to parts of the Brendon McCullum MCC lecture. Given everyone at Flicx is passionate about sport, we often apply sporting case studies to business and it certainly influences how we conduct ourselves as a company. The lessons you pick up from playing team sports, certainly apply to corporate teams and we all believe can steer your life in general in so many positive ways. The first instance of this was when we attended a High Performance event run by Jeremy Snape of Sporting Edge … now following McCullum’s moving lecture last week at Lords, we discussed our own team values, what we stand for and how we would like to be perceived by our industry colleagues and customers.

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Brendon McCullums Spirit of Cricket Lecture

“It was agreed that we were seen as arrogant, emotional, distant, up-ourselves and uninterested in our followers. The environment that the younger players were being welcomed into was really poor – there was a very traditional hierarchy, where senior players ruled the roost. Ultimately, we concluded that individually and collectively we lacked character.

We recognised that we had to change. We wanted to personify the traits that we identified in New Zealanders – to be humble and hardworking. We wanted to be respected by our long-suffering fans in New Zealand. We wanted to be respected by our opposition; and before we could demand this we had to learn to respect them.”

McCullum spoke openly and honestly about the transition that the NZ team took and the values that they now play by… “In fact, if every sportsman simply tried to be the best he could be, and attempted to behave decently along the way, you’ve pretty much summed up every available optimal strategy in one simple sentence.”

So what did we take from Brendon’s lecture?

Flicx is people – Rich, Gary, Ash, Rob and Kate … a small team – but we all have a passion for our unique, quality, innovative sporting brands and that is underpinned by our focus on delivering high levels of personal service – we hope our customers like dealing with us because of us as people! We are certainly appreciative of the strong relationships that we have we many of our customers – its more than just business to us. Our tagline is “Bringing Sport to Life” and the history of the development of the Flicx Pitch by founder Richard Beghin shows our passion for developing sport through our products. We take pride in being a company who has more of a personal approach to selling – and we hope this comes across in our actions.

We then discussed our team – Ash spoke about the decision to leave his home in South Africa to come and work for Flicx, being an easy one and we are very happy to have him as part of the team. We are going to try and make more time to chat over a cup of tea or game of Crazy Catch so help develop our bond further – its so easy to get so caught up in your own role when its busy but taking time to reward the good work of teammates is always important and likewise pick up when people are having a bad day.

The lessons of sport are so powerful and wide ranging – Leicester City’s incredible title triumph shows how far team spirit can take you and how important the values that you work by each day are in creating the foundations of success and the importance of having lots of fun along the way. Let us know what you think …

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All 2G Flicx Pitches are now UK made and here’s how!

The original Flicx Pitch was developed and manufactured in South Africa – however now with the advent and development of our 2G product; we have been able to move all production and assembly over to here in the UK which means lower lead times on all orders and completely flexibility over the design and colours of your pitch (for those choosing to move away from our traditional green match pitch)

A full length pitch (22.12m x 1.8m) takes around an hour to put together and is made from a number of these tiles which themselves are manufactured in Suffolk by a plastics company called Roland Plastics Ltd. They specialise in the supply of precision engineered injection mouldings and assemblies in a wide range thermoplastic materials, produced on state of the art machines.

The 2G Flicx Pitch tiles as they arrive from the factory in Suffolk

The 2G Flicx Pitch tiles as they arrive from the factory in Suffolk

From here, our assembly men ( Rob) pitch together the pitches, clipping and hammering the slots in place before trimming the excess clips from any outer edges. The whole process takes between 1-2 hours. You will notice from our blog and website, that we now also produce two brand new coaching pitches, the skills pitch and the eagle-eyed pitch with the same process applying only with coloured tiles being used in line with the design so with coloured strips to show pitching in line as well as target tiles to aid the skill development of young players.

A 2G Flicx Match Pitch is carefully constructed (like lego) by hand in our warehouse on Hinton Airfield

A 2G Flicx Match Pitch is carefully constructed (like lego) by hand in our warehouse on Hinton Airfield

Once the pitch is completed, it is rolled up tightly and tied with 2 straps before being placed in a mesh bag and readied for dispatch to our customers to support the development of cricket facilities and talent – allowing cricket to be played pretty much anywhere!

The finished pitches, rolled up and ready to be dispatched to clubs around the world

The finished pitches, rolled up and ready to be dispatched to clubs around the world

For more details about the 2G Flicx Pitch range or to view one of our case studies please visit www.flicx.co.uk – our newly redesigned online home or call us for advice on 01295 816765

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Novel Sports engineers cricket development in Trinidad & Tobago with Flicx 2G Pitches

Cricket is the number one sport in Trinidad & Tobago with legends of the game such as Brian Lara, Dwayne Bravo and Larry Gomes all heralding from this Caribbean gem of a country with a 1.5 million population. Cricket is played in every school and university on the island, with kids dreaming of playing for the West Indies or of claiming a spot in a Caribbean Premier League teams.

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Despite great support for the sport at a national level, community facilities are still developing with many teams and clubs requiring funding to meeting yearly expenses. Turf pitches and traditional “sand wickets” are accessible but they sometimes carry a high maintenance cost to get the perfect pitch.

Duane Zaheer Lall – Technical Director at Novel Sports, a sports engineering company focused on innovative ways to develop sport on the island, has sought to introduce groundbreaking technologies and sporting solutions to address some of these needs in the region.

Coaching is a major part of their business but they imbed technology such as motion and video analysis to differentiate their services from other providers. Novel Sports has now invested in a 2G Flicx Batting end pitch to help them take cricket to more people on the island, some of whom will have never played the game before at a competitive level. “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” said Zaheer. “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”

The uniqueness of the Flicx Pitch also helped Zaheer secure funding for its purchase earlier this year, in the form of a sponsorship from New Island Corporation Ltd. Zaheer continues “They were happy to invest in a product that was new and different to what is currently accessible on the island and could take cricket to communities, schools and clubs where facilities are limited.”

In Trinidad, the dry season is from January until June and then the wet season is from July until December. During the wet season turf pitches on the island are mostly water logged and not suitable to play cricket. It is then that the new Novel Sports 2G Flicx batting end will really come into its own and will enable many to enjoy year round practice and training to contribute to the growing success of cricket on the islands.

The photos above of Trinidad’s batting end pitch in use, shows a sand base which was constructed and compacted down with the Flicx rolled over the top. The result was a much improved surface versus coconut matting pervious used so again the value for money element of the pitch was a real draw for Novel sports. It will then be rolled back up and taken around to continue to grow young player enthusiasm for cricket with Zaheer and his team providing a real legacy with plans to grow further and purchase more Flicx Pitches in the coming years. For more on Novel Sports and their business do visit their website http://www.novelsportstt.com/ and/or facebook page www.facebook.com/NovelSports

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How the Flicx Pitch is helping to grow the game on Lanzarote

Cricket in Lanzarote is on the up and up … with a wonderful year round climate they get to enjoy a lengthy domestic season as well as hosting their own invitational tournaments and welcoming an ever increasing number of touring teams. It is the 10th Anniversary of cricket on the island this year and that has coincided with the official recognition of cricket as a sport in Spain by the Spanish Government.

The pitch in Puerto Del Carmen

The pitch in Puerto Del Carmen

Initially all playing surfaces were covered in volcanic gravel therefore a length of coconut matting would be laid down to play on however in 2009 the Lanzarote Cricket Association (LCA) brought a new pitch from Flicx UK which is rolled out on an Astroturf. The standard of cricket on the island was transformed instantly. Peter Starmer, from the LCA said they are all indebted to the Flicx Pitch that they have been using for over 5 years now. “It enables us to play cricket in the same environment all year round, and given the understandable lack of grass on the Island, it makes for a fantastic playing surface with the only variable being the weather -will it either be hot or very hot!!”

The Lanzarote season lasts almost 10 months and every game is now played on our Flicx Pitch. This year, the LCA are proudly hosting their 3rd annual international T20 tournament which is held over three days in March, with teams from the UK competing with Lanzarote whilst the prequel to this event is a local franchise based T20 tournament in February followed by a number of games between a first and second representative XI. (Following the success and demand from the March tournament, the island will now be hosting a second T20 International in October). After Easter the 35 over league season starts which runs until August then in September a local club based T20 competition once more in readiness for the arrival of the touring teams takes place with Lanzarote very proud of their near perfect home record, having being beaten only once (in the final of last year’s March T20).

Amongst other LCA activities, they are currently talking to the England and Holland over 40’s about a possible triangular tournament towards the end of the year, have sent their league winners to represent Lanzarote in the Spanish Champions finals in La Manga as well as organising a beach cricket competition on the Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, in the Summer – this event is also played on their Flicx Pitch which is a great testament the products versatility. A youth cricket festival and a street cricket competition in July also forms part of their calendar which serves to promote the sport and they fundraise during the annual Lanzarote Summer Music Festival.

In summary, the Flicx Pitch has been a major force behind the development of cricket on Lanzarote. It enables them to play several games a day and on several consecutive days of the week when the demand arises all without any deterioration in the pitch conditions. The nature of the Flicx product enables the LCA to replicate a much truer bounce than would have otherwise have been possible to achieve on an artificial surface. It is safe to say that they truly appreciate how much the Flicx Pitch has contributed to the development of cricket in Lanzarote and will continue to do so.

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Flicx UK announced as an exhibitor for the Cricket Cricket Expo 2015 series

Flicx UK has today confirmed that it will be returning to the Cricket Club Expo series of events in early 2015 which will enable clubs to see and test out the new 2G Flicx Pitch range, which launched at the same events in 2014. The three shows will take place at Lords (7th Feb),  the Newcastle Cricket Centre, home of South Northumberland Cricket Club the North East ECB Premier League Champions (21st Feb)  and finally the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff (7th Mar).

The new 2G product range from Flicx UK has received exceptionally positive reviews in its first year, with significant performance improvements from its predecessor including being less slippery in wet conditions, softer and easier to roll out and with case history of applications on top of a wide range of surfaces. It is also now UK made which has reduced the lead times considerably whilst prices are held for 2015.

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CCE 2014

Suitable for both hand and soft ball cricket and with improved seam and spin performance, the Flicx Pitch comes in a range of colours and designs including great coaching pitches plus also can be branded with your sponsors logo which gives them great exposure and another benefit to them supporting your club. Come along to the Cricket Club Expo events and see for yourself the 2G Flicx Pitch difference and speak to our expert advisor’s to help you decide which pitch is the right product for your club and how to install and maintain it correctly. Please click the CCE logo link above to register for your nearest CCE or contact us with any questions which you may have on the product itself or if you are after a quote.

You can get in touch with the Flicx UK team via any of the following …

Email – contact Gary Luke in the first instance gary@flicx.co.uk

Social Media – you can find us on Twitter @FlicxPitch , Facebook and now Instagram too

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In its first year, the 2G Flicx Pitch gets a big thumbs up

The 2G Flicx Pitch has been universally acclaimed in its first season. The new 2G surface which is now UK made has much improved performance from the original pitch being less slippery when wet and softer / easier to roll out. For the non traditionalists the tiles are available in a range of colours but the benefits don’t stop at its appearance as coloured tiles and markings can be used to improve a batsman’s decision making or develop a bowlers consistency in line and length. For Indoor Cricket, we believe we can solve the age old problem of finding a suitable playing surface for indoor cricket. Trials on sprung floors have given excellent results in addition to it already being used in indoor leagues by organisations such as the Lancashire Cricket Board and now on top of 3G rubbercrumb at Inside Football.

The pitch has been part of a successful world record attempt with Mt Kili Madness and helped Littletown complete its transformation back to a thriving club in our Pitch for a Pitch competition with The Cricketer Magazine. In addition, cricketing legends Andrew Strauss and Matthew Hoggard were bowled over by it at Sportsfest and who could forget the Gnome cricket pitch!

In terms of feedback and testimonials – they have been highly positive with orders already being placed for the 2015 season. If you need further information or would like a demo then please do contact us

“Flicx have created a cricket wicket more true than any other artificial any of us have played on. Favouring neither batsmen nor bowlers, this is an excellent piece of kit which will help youngsters develop their cricket and adults hone their skills – highly recommended for any club.”

“Flicx UK are a very professional organisation to deal with, very flexible and always being willing to accommodate our specific needs. The Flicx 2G pitches themselves area great product that are a useful practice tool for both batters and bowlers in a range of different environments. They are also very flexible too and we plan to use them as a match surface for some of our younger age groups saving on the time and cost of pitch preparation”

“Our new Flicx was superb, (thank you very much for eveyone´s efforts in getting it to us so promptly), we would not have done the competition without it and offered a splendid true and even playing surface, allowing some outstanding performances with both bat and ball.”

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Flicx Pitch used by cricketing legends at SportFest

Flicx UK were delighted to be involved in SportFest recently, where a new 2G skills pitch was set up and available for general use in the cricket zone which was run by Mark Garroway, Director of Cricket Coaching at Millfield School. Held annually, SportFest is a celebration of family fun and sport. Families camp out in the beautiful Wormsley estate and enjoy coaching from sporting legends, music, great food and competitions in a relaxed festival environment.

This year the event was a sell out and Cricket stars including Andrew Strauss, Paul Nixon and Matthew Hoggard were all heavily involved in the coaching program and are pictured below batting on the new 2G Flicx Pitch whilst giving out some top tips. The Flicx 2G pitch is a versatile, portable product that is available in a range of sizes for a whole host of applications including for junior club cricket matches, indoor cricket, to convert any existing sports field into a cricket pitch or even as a superb surface to play on in your garden in a home academy system which includes nets and a bowling machine (as pictured)

For more information about 2G Flicx Pitches please take a look at the website www.flicx.co.uk 

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Beach Cricket on the new 2G Flicx Pitch

To celebrate the Scarborough Cricket Festival, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation hosted the inaugural Beach Cricket Tournament on South Bay Beach in front of the iconic Scarborough Spa with 6 under 11 junior cricket teams taking part in the event over 2 days. Flicx UK loaned the YCF a new 2G Flicx Skills pitch for the duration of the competition.

Wednesday 13th August saw Wykeham take on Snainton & Hesleton, with play scheduled to start at 10am. However, after an extraordinarily high tide caused by a ‘super moon’, play was delayed to allow the tide out enough to get play under way. Luckily enough, the 2G Flicx pitch drained exceptionally well and the match was able to get under way just 30 minutes late! After some excellent cricket, Whykham overcame their opponents to claim the victory.

Thursday 14th August brought together Scalby, Seamer, Duncombe Park and Flixton cricket clubs, all vying for triumph. Cloudy skies and the odd shower couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the participants; as the round robin tournament progressed Seamer and Flixton under 11s emerged as the 2 teams to beat and the final match of the afternoon saw the 2 meet in a winner takes all encounter that saw Seamer CC take the win in style and celebrate by running into the ocean!

The winners from each day and their coach were delighted to receive 2 pair of tickets each for next year’s test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley. All other competitors and their coaches received a pair of tickets to watch a Yorkshire match of their choosing in the 2015 season as well as the opportunity to come to Scarborough to watch day 1 of the Yorkshire v Sussex match.

The engagement and enthusiasm from all the participants made the tournament a massive success and we look forward to coming back next year with an even bigger and better event! said Nick Robinson   Project Officer – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation… Thanks again for letting us use the pitch for the beach cricket tournament. It worked fantastically and was commented on by many of the coaches very positively. 

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