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
Especially for our overseas customers, we have prepared a short video demonstration of the 2G Flicx Pitch. Watch the video below and see Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby show how the 2G Flicx Pitch can be used. Ash covers
How the pitch is delivered
How to roll out your pitch
What the pitch is made of and what the surface is like and how it performs
How its versatility can create different applications for a user
How to move the pitch
This video made with footage supplied by Rajasthan Cricket Association, when they visited Wormsley to view the 2G Flicx Pitch. We will be producing further videos over the coming season that you will be able to watch on our You Tube or Facebook sites. If you have any questions you would like answering about the pitches performance, just contact us via the comment box below or call or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01295 816765.
The 2G Flicx Pitch is performing really well in both UK conditions and all around the world. With UV stabilisers its can even be left out in sub continent conditions and offers good grip for spinners and also allows batsmen to play their shots in confidence. To roll the pitch back up, take a look at this footage so you can follow our safety points.
To get a quote or learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch and how it is helping customers all around the world to play more cricket, simply visit our website www.flicx.co.uk
We are rushed off our feet at the moment, fulfilling orders for 2G Flicx Pitches in one of our busiest ever starts to the new cricket season. Clubs (and schools) are increasingly seeing the value of the versatility of the 2G Flicx Pitch and all the benefits that it can offer in terms of developing existing facilities or adding new capacity for both matches and training.
Your 2G Flicx Pitch will arrive in two rolls. These can be easily moved by 1 person using the 2G Flicx Safety Trolley and make for a portable resource. The same pitch can be rolled onto a grass field or astro/rubbercrumb pitch to convert it into a cricketing venue whilst you can also unzip the pitch in the middle which will give you two batting ends for junior sessions or in the nets. A 2G Flicx Pitch is around 1/3 of the price of a NTP but offers much more flexibility.
For clubs who struggle with enough resource (time or expertise) to maintain a turf wicket, the 2G Flicx Pitch, which has all weather properties, means the season can be extended by taking pressure off your main square or by using it for training or 2nd/3rd team matches. We have even found clubs using the pitch in wet conditions when play usually isn’t possible PLUS it also works indoors so you can have a flat, firm surface for nets which will last years and years provide great cost effectiveness for your clubs budget.
Our pitches also come in various coaching designs which will help develop the skills of younger players and our new multi-aged pitch (MAP) means that different age group games can be played on the same wicket, just by moving the stumps to the different crease markings. Speaking about some of our recent customers, business development manager Ashley Appleby commented
When demonstrating the 2G Flicx Pitch, clubs are always impressed with how were the pitch performs on a range of different surfaces and how easy our new product is to use. The specially formulated synthetic compound has more rubber in the moulded tile making it softer and malleable to touch, which is great for British conditions and offers good pace and bounce when used on a firm flat surface.
In addition clubs are taking advantage of our branding options to get sponsors to invest in the pitch. New digital printing means that a logo can be added into the pitch for only a small investment, but the perceived value for the partner is very high particularly with the PR opportunities available.
Much has been debated around how to get more people playing cricket…
Participation numbers have dropped by 64,000 in a single year, down from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 last season. Just as alarmingly, five per cent of all organised fixtures were conceded in 2014 because at least one of the teams was unable to field 11 bodies, with the obvious knock-on effects of such cancellations breeding disillusionment among those who have given up their weekends for a cause they want, with profoundly good reason, to believe in. And there’s more: less than a third of those 844,000 regard themselves as ‘core’ players – defined as people who could commit to at least 12 matches in a league season – with the best part of the remaining 600,000 deemed ‘occasional’ or ‘cameo’ players.
It’s not a single approach but a philosophy where making it easy and enjoyable for everyone of all ages and abilities is the way to go but being able to offer something distinctive and innovative when it comes to cricketing facilities is certainly a real plus.
Whether it’s a cricket square or in a field, on a beach or in a sports hall, a cricket surface you can trust is an argument for quality of practice and value for money. Talking to Head of PE at Sacred Heart School in Battersea, Mark Costin, his school stumped up for a 2G Flicx Match pitch to guarantee a playing surface where the bounce was true.
In his case, the investment was well worth it because it made for consistent junior cricket practice and pushed the better cricketers who no longer had to rely on a makeshift, bobbly football pitch.
With no groundsman or expertise to prepare grass wickets, a drop-on pitch made a lot of sense for this South London school and Mark needed little prompting to praise the upgrade:
“It’s absolutely transformed the standard of cricket that we can teach and means we also now play matches against other schools.” – Mark Costin, Head of PE, Sacred Heart School (Battersea).
Mark also makes the valid point that the Last Man Stands format has gone some way to breaking the taboo, and perhaps even snobbery, that we should all play on a grass wicket rather than an artificial pitch. For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch range, read our latest article with Cricket Yorkshire or watch our new video to see for yourself, how the pitch works …
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
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
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
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
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.
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 …
To coincide with the new 2G Flicx Pitch range launched ahead of the 2014 season, Flicx have redesigned their online home at www.flicx.co.uk, giving it a 2G makeover by means of profiling the new product range by Flicx UK.
New website live
The new website is now a comprehensive source of information on the benefits of the new 2G surface as well as the various applications of the pitch for both the indoor and outdoor game. Potential customers are now able to read a selection of case studies and testimonials and in the future more video will be available which is an area of development for the site going forward. In addition the site profiles some extraordinary stories from ICC members around the world (Flicx is an official supplier member) of how cricket has changed their lives. We have put links to our past competitions which award a Flicx Pitch to the most popular story, just one way that Flicx hope that through cricket, lives can change for the better.
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The official launch of the 2G Flicx Pitch will be taking place on three dates next month alongside the upcoming Cricket Club Expo shows taking place at Headingly, Edgbaston and the Ageas Bowl. After rigorous testing and development, the Flicx 2G pitch will be available for purchase ahead of the 2014 season and to celebrate the launch we have brought out a new brochure which outlines…
If you would like a copy of our brochure simply email your contact details to Kate Costin –Kate@flicx.com and whether you would prefer a hard or electronic copy. Alternatively you can contact us via social media … you will find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram !!
Paul Montgomery and I conducted a trial at the City of Casey Ovals on the 13th September 2000. The idea being that we get as close to a realistic game scenario as possible. A second trial was conducted at Cheltenham Secondary College on the 19th September. The pitch had already been trialed at Camberwell Magpies and Ringwood Cricket Clubs with varying degrees of success and not in ideal conditions.
In the trial at Casey we laid the pitch over a compacted dirt car park areas. Although the substrate for the pitch was slightly undulating it was as close as we could get to the appropriate style base for the product as suggested by the manufacturer (Flicx). The other trial at Cheltenham Secondary College was over a standard concrete pitch located in training nets.
NB- The manufacturers suggest that the product be laid over a firm even base. The more consolidated the substrate is the better the performance of the product.
We used various 156g balls for the trial, from reasonably new to quite worn. My findings are as follows…
The bounce and carry for both medium pace bowling and spin bowling was more than adequate and similar to that of synthetic grass over concrete.
The ball seemed both ways in a moderate fashion with no alarming variance.
Both off spin and leg spin were trialed and the pitch responded favorably when spin was affected correctly.
Batsmen commented that they were happy with the way the ball came through and had no problem keeping their footing with standard style rubber soled cricket shoes. Bowler’s comments were of a similar nature. (The players involved were all used to Synthetic grass or matting pitches)
The pitch lays flat with only a small rise along the edge, (approximately 12mm); with this problem eradicated if the pitch is embedded slightly into the surface (Grass removed or rolled firmly)
There is no doubt that this pitch will not perform up to standard if laid on top of long grass or over an under-prepared substrate.
The product is guaranteed against UV for a period of 15 years under constant exposure to the elements and, unless stolen, is almost a lifetime product. One area that is exposed to wear and tear on a continual basis is where the bat is continually tapped down whilst the bowler is coming in. This is well catered for in the fact that the product is made up of interlocking squares of approximately 100mm each and pieces can be removed and added where applicable.
The pitch can come in various colours, bat the basic is green, and the markings (batter’s centre mark, crease line), are already factored into the product when it is made up.
It rolls up into 2 pieces in a similar manner to standard matting but because of its rigid nature does need a pole or similar through the middle to make it easy to carry. Although it has a fair amount of weight, 2 people can carry it easily. It then fits into the back of a Utility, Van or Station wagon fairly comfortably.
The trials were attended by a number of people from local councils, clubs and associations and the response was very positive indeed. The applications for this type of product are almost limitless given that it is a pick up, roll out and store away style product.
The product will be put into a full time situation probably in October 2000 so further results and viewing of the product can be made available.
Neale Price was a Regional Cricket Manager and Game Development Manager at Cricket Victoria before taking up an appointment in Game Development with Cricket Australia.
Factual points of interest –The Flicx pitch comes in 2 rolls, each roll weighs approximately 67.5kg. A Carry Cradle can be purchased with a Flicx Pitch for ease of transport and to reduce lifting requirements.