Flicx UK adds RESPONSEBALL to its portfolio of innovative training aids

Flicx UK is delighted to announce that it has added RESPONSEBALL® to its exciting portfolio of high quality, fun, innovative and unique training aids that will improve your sporting skills. The agreement reached between the two companies will commence on the 1st March with Flicx UK taking on responsibility for all sales and marketing, customer service, account management, orders and dispatch from its rural Northamptonshire base.

RESPONSEBALL LOGO

RESPONSEBALL LOGO

RESPONSEBALL’s specialist range of innovative training balls provides numerous benefits to the UK sports market. Its unique design (protected by trademark, registered design and patent pending) makes it the only ball in the world to provide a combination of regular and irregular flight and bounce. This makes it the perfect training ball for co-ordination, reaction and motor skills training with huge appeal to coaches, clubs and schools. The current range includes training balls for football, futsal and netball, with other new products on the horizon.

Like Flicx UK’s existing brands, Crazy Catch and the new 2G Flicx Pitch, this acquisition fits in with the company’s current distribution strategy via retailers rather than direct to the end consumer. This strategy has proved hugely successful for the company in the past few years having built strong relationships with key accounts, as well as providing bespoke digital marketing support which have seen sales soar. This support, combined with the quality and performance of the RESPONBSEBALL product, makes it an exciting proposition for the team at Flicx UK. Speaking about the agreement Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin said “We are excited about the prospect of developing the RESPONSEBALL brand which already has a great reputation in the marketplace. The product perfectly fits our existing portfolio of offering unique, fun, innovative, high quality sporting products and we look forward to the next stage in the brands development”

Inventor and RESPONSEBALL owner Glenn Robertson will remain involved with the brand in a consultancy capacity focusing particularly on product development. Glenn commented “No matter what level you play, from social to professional, RESPONSEBALL helps you to succeed. I am thrilled to be working with Flicx UK now and with their expertise I am hugely positive we can take the RESPONSEBALL brand to the next level and grow the sales significantly in this exciting year for football.”

For more information about retailing the RESPONSEBALL range, please contact Flicx UK Sales Manager Gary Luke on 01295 816765 or email gary@flicx.com

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The legacy of Nelson Mandela at Flicx UK

Sporting figures across the world have united in praise of Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday aged 95. The world-renowned anti-apartheid activist and former president of South Africa had been in critical condition for the last few months. Mandela will be remembered for his belief in the importance and power of sport. He memorably declared: ‘Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.’

Francois Pienaar accepts the William Webb Ellis trophy from Nelson Mandela in 1995

Francois Pienaar accepts the William Webb Ellis trophy from Nelson Mandela in 1995

The team at Flicx UK were particularly saddened by the news of Mandela’s passing. In many ways, the companies formation was only possible as a result of the cultural shift brought about by the former South African president. Motivated by a desire to use sport to help break down the inequalities, that had existed in his homeland, Managing Director Richard Beghin sifted through a number of ideas before settling on cricket as the solution. “It was around 10 years ago, and Mandela’s new South Africa was just a few years old, so you felt you could help mould the future.” Cricket in South Africa had been seen as a white man’s sport, but Beghin believed that by offering a portable cricket pitch – a roll-down product that could be used on any flat surface – he would widen the accessibility to the game.

The first Flicx pitch was rolled out at Telkom Country Club in Pretoria – helping young cricketers who had been brought up in under-privileged townships to develop their game with the product subsequently having the same impact in many other countries around the world including most recently in the Cricket 4 Peace project in Palestine.

In 2001, Beghin had the idea to hold a cricket match on Robben Island (it’s very first) as a tribute to those that struggled against apartheid. The cricket match was organised by Flicx and saw a Western Provence XI including a number of high profile players take the field against a Robben Island invitational XI featuring several ex political prisoners and wardens, a great indication of the newly formed unity between them. As a legacy, the pitch was left at the primary school on the island.

The match on Robben Island

The match on Robben Island

Richard Beghin (middle) on the Flicx Pitch

Richard Beghin (middle) on the Flicx Pitch with Paul Adams, Charl Langeveldt and Nabeel Deem

The world-renowned leader had been in critical condition for the last few months and his death has been met by tributes from those inspired by one of history’s most iconic leaders. Commenting about Nelson Mandela’s influence on Flicx, founder Richard Beghin said ” Mandela has been a huge inspiration to many South African’s including myself. His philosophy and love of sport as a vehicle towards peace and change really paved the way for the Flicx Pitch to take cricket to “places it had never been played before” in a country that was desperate for new facilities that would allow all races to participate and enjoy the game together”. Inspired by Mandela’s lead, Beghin quit his sales role in an oil company wanting to play his small part in his countries reformation. As a result, through his new pitch, he aspired to see young kids seen for their sporting ability, enthusiasm and skills rather than the the colour of their skin or their social background.

Looking forward to 2014, Flicx will be launching their new 2G range. Now settled at their Brackley base, the business continues to expand with the Crazy Catch rebound nets now an important part of their product portfolio, which still works on the Mandela principle that through sport, we can achieve anything.

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England women’s Ashes winner Tammy Beaumont to launch the new 2G Flicx Pitch

Flicx UK are delighted to confirm that England Women’s international Tammy Beaumont will be joining them on Thursday (19th) at Lord’s – the Home of Cricket to officially launch the NEW 2G Flicx Pitch range which will be available ahead of the 2014 season. Flicx will be setting up in the Lord’s Indoor Centre where cricket retailers will be able to try out the new pitch and take part in an exciting bowl, batting and catching challenge to try and win a bottle of champagne.

Tammy Beaumont receives her first England test cap at Wormsley

Tammy Beaumont receives her first England test cap at Wormsley

Tammy is a highly-rated wicketkeeper-batter who helped Kent to the LV= County Championship title in 2009 – she hit 136 opening against Surrey – having featured for the England Academy side against an ICC Europe XI in August. Her performances earned her a call-up to the England senior side for the West Indies tour later that year and more recently in 2013 she received her first test cap as England Women beat the Aussies to win the Ashes.

Using the Crazy Catch Freestyle

Using the Crazy Catch Freestyle

Tammy will be joined by Crazy Catch sponsored coach Chris Rogers who won the Sky Sports ECB Young Coach of the Year award. The Crazy Catch range will be profiled by Flicx UK too at the Lord’s Cricket Show in the Nursery End. Flicx UK are the UK importers of the Ultimate Rebound Net which is a hugely popular training aid with unique INSANE net properties testing your reactions. With specially targeted marketing support. Crazy Catch has been selling very strongly for a number of years, with many retailers having the honour of joining the “100 Club” and the “250 Club” for reaching landmark sales points in the calender year. The Crazy Catch range has been expanded recently with the addition of a new handheld model called the Freestyle which was Highly Commended in the Sports Trade Awards, Most Innovative Product category. We look forward to meeting existing and potential customers at the event. NB – The Lord’s Cricket show is a trade only event – please contact gary@flicx.com for any direct Flicx Pitch sales inquiries.

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Trade Launch of the NEW 2G Flicx Pitch – 19th September

Trade customers are invited to visit Lord’s- the Home of Cricket on Thursday 19th September 2013 for the unveiling and official trade launch of the new 2G Flicx Pitch from Flicx UK.

2G Flicx Pitch

2G Flicx Pitch

The 2G Flicx Pitch has…

• Improved bounce
• Reduced slip
• Brighter colours
• Is easier to roll out
• New coaching designs
• And is now Made in Britain

As part of special launch, the new 2G Flicx Pitch will be on display and ready for you to test out at Lord’s – the Home of Cricket, and we have some bowling and batting competitions taking place throughout the day with some great prizes up for grabs!

In addition to our new 2G cricket pitch range we will also be profiling “Crazy Catch” – The Ultimate Rebound Net which continues to sell very strongly in the UK cricket market. The Lord’s Trade show starts at 10am and to confirm your place simply email Steve Naylor.

Please note if you are not pre-registered you may not be allowed in! If you could also let us at Flicx UK know, if you are planning to attend we can book you in for one of our official launch slots – email Kate Costin. More on the new Flicx 2G Pitch in the coming weeks – keep following our blog for the latest news!

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Flicx UK partner with the Twenty 20 International Cricket Roadshow #T20roadshow

Flicx UK are delighted to be supporting the first Twenty 20 International cricket roadshow this summer as it takes cricket to emerging nations Poland and Romania. Flicx UK have lent the company van to Neil Bunting’s team for their trip which they hope will expand into a larger European tour in summer 2014. In additional Flicx have loaned a pitch for use at the events on the roadshow as well as some Crazy Catch nets to assist in the coaching sessions that T20 International will be delivering.

The #T20roadshow departs from Flicx HQ, nr Brackley

The #T20roadshow departs from Flicx HQ, nr Brackley

The first stop on the trip, which set off from Flicx HQ on Monday, is the Piotrowice Nyskie Cricket Festival in Poland running from the 27th-28th July. For more information on the festival click here.  In conjunction with co-host Jim Parton, at his spectacular Palace venue, T20 International will be welcoming two teams from Warsaw (one all native Poles), along with teams from Krakow, Hungary and the UK for a weekend of Sixes, T20 games and other cricket activities.  Speaking about the tournament Neil Bunting said “We are delighted to be able to take out a Flicx wicket to use at the Festival”

Thereafter, the roadshow will be arriving in Cluj, Romania on Monday 29th July and the team will be delivering coaching / coach education on the 30th and 31st July at Cricket Club Cluj supported by Marc Pillich-Wright, president of Cluj Cricket Club in Romania with 30+teachers registered to attend to learn how to deliver cricket in their schools. A mix of abilities is expected including newcomers to the sport and the participants will be doing a combination of playing cricket and then practicing 12 games they can deliver in their own schools with follow up coaching plans supplied post course.  Flicx have decided to donate a brand new pitch to Cricket Romania and the presentation will be made by Neil Bunting from Twenty 20 on behalf of Flicx UK to Cricket Club Cluj to celebrate their new affiliate membership of the ICC. (Read More)

In terms of aspirations for the trip, T20 International are seeking to forge good links in Romania with a view to providing ongoing coaching support and coaching sessions to meet the nations growing needs and interest… additionally, this is ideal preparation for the more ambitious proposed full European Roadshow next summer. To keep in touch with the guys on the trip follow the hashtag #T20roadshow on Twitter

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New Cricket Season starts today…

The 2013 County Cricket season has kicked off today and fingers crossed for more play than last year!! Here at Flicx UK we wanted to give you a quick run through of how our 2 brands- Flicx Pitch and Crazy Catch can help your team to reach it’s potential (and have fun along the way)…

Lets start with the Crazy Catch – The Ultimate Rebound Net. The Crazy Catch is a great training aid used to improve your catching, throwing accuracy, speed and agility, reaction times and more specialist position skills. (Check out our Cricket Channel on You Tube for training drills) For Cricket our Classic product range is recommended and pictured below are the 4 different sized models all with ONE SANE and ONE INSANE side… The Professional Classic, The Wildchild Classic, The Upstart Classic and our new handheld device called The Freestyle.

The Crazy Catch makes training fun for your whole team and it’s great for schools and home use too. Change the adjustable bar and play on any surface whatever your age or ability. Lightweight and sturdy;  all models except for the Professional come in a carry bag and are used by top International and County teams right down to grass roots.

“Crazy Catches win Matches” so get your’s today from our range of approved retailers… Prices start from £45 RRP

Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

The other side to the Flicx business is the Flicx Pitch – an amazing roll out, portable pitch which allows you to transform any surface into a cricketing venue. We work closely with the ICC to help provide a platform to develop cricket in emerging markets and recently held a competition looking for inspirational stories of  “How Cricket changed has changed my life” … The response was fantastic with countries promoting their entries using social media with Israel victorious with their Cricket4Peace entry.

In the UK the pitches have seen a surge in popularity and they are  commonly rolled into the ground for a more permanent, cost effective crease as well as our smaller coaching and batting ends used in training and a home academy– and it’s not too late to get yours installed for the start of the season… Contact gary@flicx.com for a quote or again use your local cricket retailer.

Great artificial surfaces from Flicx UK

Great artificial surfaces from Flicx UK

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