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
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.
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…
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.
If your club or school is looking to create extra capacity to host more junior cricket (thus boosting participation) then take a watch of our second episode of #AskAsh …
Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby talks through our new 14 metre 2G Flicx Pitches (available in Blue, Green or Beige). These pitches can be rolled out onto the outfield to divide an oval into one, two, three or four junior pitches for matches or training thus taking traffic away from your first team square and exciting young players.
Smaller pitches and shorter boundaries mean more runs for batters and for bowlers they can now pitch the ball onto the wicket more easily thus these games see more action whilst increasing the skills of the players and generally creating a better experience, more likely to retain kids in the sport.
The only ground preparation would be to cut the grass short on the outfield, then roll the pitches out (2G Flicx Pitches can also be laid on other sub surfaces). This process is very quick and easy whilst the pitch will negate an imperfections in the under surface and provide good pace and bounce. Clubs can now tap into junior participation programs and develop these basic skills into small matches whilst local schools could be invited to participate in tournaments or cricket festivals which is a great way to attract more players to the clubs whilst also potentially increasing sponsorship and F+B income. As your number of sides increases, more pitches can be purchased to house these additional teams and because the 2G Flicx Pitch is so versatile, these same pitches could be used indoors for winter nets.
Interest in the 2G Flicx Pitch is at a record high in Australia with significant upgrades in the 2G tile creating a softer, more versatile wicket which produces a consistent bounce on various under surfaces. In Australia, with changes to junior cricket formats on the horizon, the 2G Flicx Pitch allows an oval to be split into 3 or 4 junior games whilst councils can host cricket at grounds which haven’t been able to host cricket before; maximising usage.
Despite the distance of over 10,000 miles; the process to ship a 2G Flicx Pitch from the UK to Australia is fairly quick and simple as Logistics Manager Gary Luke explains…
“There are currently two options for a prospective customer in Australia; sea freight or air freight. Air Freight typically costs $1,000-1,400 AUD but has the speed benefit of meaning you could be playing within two weeks of your order being placed however the more cost-effective solution is sea freight.”
SPECIAL OFFER – Flicx UK offer FREE sea freight to port to all Australian customers to all major ports*. For door to door air freight we make a £300 ($500 AUD) contribution towards the total TNT Economy price which varies slightly depending on location**
SEA FREIGHT process…
Flicx UK arrange pitch dispatch (after customer payment is received) with our couriers
Transit is typically 35 days at sea
Once the pitch docks (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane) our appointed Australian freight forwarder will contact the customer.
Paperwork provided by Flicx UK (Invoice, Packing List, Aussie Packing Declaration, Bill of Lading) will need to be sent by the customer to the freight forwarder
Clearance costs will need to be paid by the customer (Australian GST – 15%, Duty – 5%, Custom Clearance – approximately $175 AUD and the local delivery charge. Pitch Delivered!
AIR FREIGHT process….
Flicx UK will arrange pitch dispatch (after customer payment is received)
Pitch sent via TNT Economy service (door to door). The cost is typically $1,000-1,400 AUD of which Flicx UK will contribute $500 AUD**.
TNT will phone the customer prior to delivery for the Australia GST and Duty payment (15% GST and 5% Duty)
The pitch will be delivered. Time of process is around 7-10 days from dispatch
As you can see from the above steps, you don’t need any detailed import experience or shipping knowledge to get your pitch into Australia and the Flicx UK team will be in communication with you every step of the way to guide you and send you the relevant paperwork. Obviously, you will need to factor in uncleared costs (GST, duty for Air freight and adding custom clearance and local delivery for sea freight) into your 2G Flicx Pitch costings but still the 2G Flicx Pitch provides excellent value for money and a great versatile surface solution for clubs, schools and even back yards.
** Our door to door air freight contribution is dependent on exchange rates but is £300 converted into AUD at the time of purchase (around $500 AUD at time of writing). All costs quoted in this article as correct as of 21/02/2018
As it’s the start of the New Year, we wanted to share some of our favourite projects from 2017 …it is always great to hear such fantastic stories about how the 2G Flicx Pitch is helping to increase cricket participation globally
William Perkins School (Middlesex Funding) | Cricket matches had never been hosted at William Perkins School prior to the purchase of a 2G Flicx Pitch which was part funded by Middlesex Cricket. “It’s easy to set up and gives a good playing surface for our students to practice and play matches on, increasing our participation greatly” says Director of Cricket, Paul Harrison (Read More)
Roturua T20 Tournament | Junior cricketers in New Zealand prepared for the new season by participating in an innovative pre-season T20 tournament hosted under floodlights at the Rotorua International Stadium and played new 2G Flicx Pitches. (Read More)
Coimbra Knights CC | Coimbra Knights Cricket Club are a social cricket club based in Coimbra, Central Portugal. They openly welcome touring teams from Germany, Russia and the UK as well as playing fixtures against teams in Porto and Lisbon. “Our 2G Flicx Pitch has performed extremely really well so far and we have already used it on four different surfaces around the city. On grass the bounce was excellent then on three differing artificial surfaces the mat settled down quickly (Read More)
Women’s Cricket Festivals | Flicx UK were proud to be part of the Women’s Soft Ball cricket festival hosted at Beaconsfield CC. Matches were hosted on 3 X 10m blue 2G Flicx Batting Ends which were used to divide the main cricket oval into 3 smaller cricket areas.
Sydney Sixers | The Sixers Beach Blast was back and bigger for 2017 and see’s the community team travelling around NSW beaches and hosting cricket clinics for young Sixers fans on magenta throwdowns. (Read More)
Flicx UK are pleased to unveil our new beige T20 Pitch which will be available to buy for the 2018 season. This new colourway & design reflects the huge popularity of shorter forms of the game offering clubs unique opportunity to boost participation and attract players back to the sport with evening or more informal cricket.
New for 2018 | The 2G Flicx T20 Match Pitch
Obviously playing on a 2G Flicx Pitch means it’s it quick & easy to use and a facility solution that doesn’t require groundwork or huge amounts preparation time. The range includes both the 2G Flicx T20 Match Pitch which is a solid beige surface with red and blue crease markings for 1 day cricket contained including leg side wides whilst the T20 Skills design also contains a black “yorker box” and coloured zones for short, good and full length deliveries.
F2G725 | 2G Flicx T20 Match Pitch (22.12 x 2.0m) RRP £3,922.81 inc VAT
F2G726 | 2G Flicx T20 Batting End (10.2 x 2.0m) RRP £1,788.30 inc VAT
F2G926 | 2G Flicx T20 Skills Batting End (10.2 x 2.0m) RRP £1,907.40 inc VAT
“Cricket is changing and those organisations who are leading the change are really turning the tide in terms of participation. With the need for more flexible facilities and attracting new “time poor” audiences to cricket; clubs and schools are facing new challenges which the versatile and portable 2G Flicx T20 Pitch is able to help solve. The new beige surface looks authentic and provides good pace and bounce when rolled out on a firm, flat surface whilst the bright colours and targets excite young players who are inspired by some of the new global T20 cricket stars and leagues like the Big Bash and the IPL” says Flicx UK Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby
T20 Skills Pitch in the nets
Close up T20 Skills Pitch
T20 Batting End
The new T20 range will be available to buy from January 2018 with forward orders possible in the meantime … we expect it to be a REALLY big hit! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote or call 01295 816765
The 2G Flicx Match Pitch comes in two rolls weighing 67kg so can be moved by one person with help from the Flicx Safety Trolley. One Match Pitch can be clipped and zipped together in the middle to form a pitch whilst the two batting ends can be used separately in the nets for practice or rolled out on the oval for junior games … the applications are endless from indoor cricket, to beach cricket.
Does your club need to create additional capacity?
The 2G Flicx Pitch is a versatile, roll out – roll up solution for cricket. It’s hugely popular all around the world and has a range of uses in terms of cricket development as it solves various facility issues. The portable roll out 2G Flicx cricket pitch can be used to convert Aussie Rules Football pitches into 2,3 or 4 cricket pitches thereby maximising spaces to create more cricket facilities and allowing more people to play the game. All you need for good, consistent bounce with the Flicx Pitch is a firm, flat surface (with the grass cut down short)
FREE SHIPPING OFFER* | The 2G Flicx Pitch for Australia
*Clubs, Schools or Individuals ordering the 2G Flicx Pitch this August can take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING offer (this offer is based on sea freight to port) and applies to all purchases of either the 2G Flicx match pitch, 2G Flicx Skills Pitch or our new Multi Age Pitch (MAP). Shipping will take an estimated 30-40 days on the water so should your deadline be shorter, we can also offer an air freight alternative and for August only you can get a $500 credit towards cost of airfreight which takes typically just 5-7 days from dispatch. To take advantage of this offer, submit your details to us and we will be in touch with a QUOTE and to discuss your bespoke requirements.
For New Zealand – we have 2G Flicx Pitches arriving soon to our agent Complete Cricket. If you are located here please contact Complete Cricket for a quote
Don’t just take our word for it…
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, Sydney Sixers (Read the Case Study)
“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.” – Sam Charnley, ICC Academy Manager, Dubai (Read the Case Study)
Middlesex Cricket and Flicx UK are working in partnership to boost cricket participation in and around London. Middlesex have identified many different applications for the 2G Flicx Pitch within its programmes including …
To create new cricket facilities in clubs and schools by converting grass fields and/or synthetic pitches such as 3G Rubbercrumb’s and Astro’s.
To add extra capacity for clubs and schools by hosting Kwik cricket, junior games on the outfield
As a more cost effective artificial surface option in nets (vs the cost of a NTP)
As a portable solution at events run by the Middlesex Community team where the pitch can be rolled out and taster games played eg: Schools day at Lords, Westminster Mile, Club open days and festivals, in town centres for pop up cricket.
The Middlesex staff involved in this partnership have been so impressed by the Flicx pitches versatility, bounce and pace that they have supported and funded pitches in key areas in the County to help with their objectives. These pitches have been funded both by the Middlesex Cricket Trust and also via Sport England, where due to the portable nature of the product it fits within the small grants scheme criteria.
One of the first schools to receive a funded 2G Flicx Pitch was William Perkins C fo E where Director of Sport and former player Paul Harrison is delighted “The 2G Flicx Pitch will enable us to play cricket where we couldn’t before. It was easy to set up and gives a good playing surface for our students to practice and play matches on, increasing our participation greatly”. The plan is now for further 2G Flicx Pitches at this venue to create a hub which will be accessed by local cricket clubs and the community.
Katie Berry, Director of Participation Middlesex Cricket commented “The versatility of this product allows Middlesex Cricket to take the game to communities where there is poor or low provision of cricket pitches, it also allows us to increase playing sites in London where green space is in high demand and unfortunately reducing! Not only does the 2G Flicx system provide a good playing surface and focal point for participants, it’s also a great coaching aid for beginners and experienced players alike.
We are encouraged and delighted by the positive response from our clubs who have purchased the pitches to ease pressure on existing fine turf and non-turf pitches in the view of increasing participation for all in the County.”
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.
Middlesex Fan Engagement
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.
Sky Sport’s Hayley McQueen officially opened William Perkin schools new £2m sports facilities including a 3G Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) and state of the art sports pavilion. The school located in the London borough of Ealing is itself only four years old and sits on the former GSK sports area. The project which was masterminded by headmaster Keir Smith who has created a local hub of sporting excellence for the community with funding from Sport England, The Football Foundation, Middlesex CCC and Ealing LA as well as generous donations from school governors.
Cricket matches had never been hosted at the school prior to the purchase of a 2G Flicx Pitch which was part funded by Middlesex Cricket. Now the football field has been converted into a cricket venue, much to the delight of pupils, and the process was as simple as cutting the grass down really short (getting rid of the thatch in this particular surface) and then rolling out the 2G Flicx Pitch.
Director of Sport and former player Paul Harrison is delighted with the result “The 2G Flicx Pitch will enable us to play cricket where we couldn’t before. It was easy to set up and gives a good playing surface for our students to practice and play matches on, increasing our participation greatly”.
Whilst for Middlesex Cricket they are achieving their objective of creating more cricket facilities in the London area where typically suitable sporting spaces are at a premium so the versatile,portable cricket surface solution supplied by Flicx UK is vital.
In order to maximise participation throughout the calendar year, William Perkin is embarking on an ambitious second phase of this project. In partnership with Middlesex County Cricket Club, the vision is to create a centre for state school cricket, a hub for local primary school children to experience cricket and a base to be used by Middlesex Womens’ Cricket.
Keir Smith, said: “Phase two – the cricket centre – requires funding in the region of £100,000, so William Perkin has submitted funding bids to the ECB, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, The Heathrow Community Fund and the School Governors. We remain hopeful of securing the funding required to provide the school, and local community, with first class football and cricket facilities.”
To read the William Perkin school press release about their new sports facilities opening event (click here) or for more information about how the 2G Flicx Pitch can help create additional facilities for your club or school, contact one of our team by calling 01295 816765 or email our Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby (email@example.com) or Request a Quote.