William Perkin host their first ever game of cricket thanks to Middlesex funding

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 (ash@flicx.com) or Request a Quote.

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How to convert spare grass fields into cricket pitches

If you are looking to create additional cricket capacity for your club or school and you have a grass field that is traditionally used for rugby or football during the winter, then the 2G Flicx Pitch could be your solution.

This was the exact predicament for Windsor Boys school, where their cricket programme had outgrown the number of turf wickets available on site for matches and practice. With the grass cut down short in the middle, (rolling would be beneficial too), a 2G Flicx Pitch was rolled out on top and a new facility created. The pictures below show senior boys who are all club cricketers playing a game on the 2G Flicx Pitch and you can see how the bowlers have good purchase off the surface and there is excellent pace and bounce.

Convert a Grass field into a cricket pitch

This application is the most popular application of our pitch especially in countries like the UK, New Zealand, the USA and Australia. In Australia it could be AFL ovals being converted and in New Zealand at the moment, cricket facilities are at a premium so this method of converting grass fields is very popular.

The benefit of the new 2G Flicx Pitch product is that is multi purpose so the same pitch seen here can then be rolled up after the game and used in the nets (both grass and on synthetic surfaces), or split in the middle to create two batting ends for junior Kwik cricket or then used inside for winter nets or on the playground or concrete surfaces too. This versatility gives great value for money for the customer and means cricket can be taken to new audiences which is especially important given the popularity of T20 cricket and the need for more informal cricket options.

Schools or clubs with capacity issues now have a solution that is easy to create and virtually maintenance free. We would recommend the pitch is rolled up after each game and just rolled out an hour before the game to give it time to settle and for the tiles feet to mould to the under surface. If you could give more details on this application and its suitability for your requirements, feel free to give one of our pitch advisers a call on 01295 816765.

Applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch

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Are winter net facilities leaving you stumped??

For many cricket enthusiasts, January see’s the start of preparations for the new cricket season with many heading indoors for winter nets. For many clubs and indoor venues such as school sportshall’s, the 2G Flicx Pitch can provide a value for money, facility upgrade and the pitch performance is far superior compared to heavy, synthetic mats often used.

Upgraded cricket facilities at Warwick School

The benefits of using the 2G Flicx Pitch Indoors

  • Increased ball bounce for slower bowlers (and it takes spin too)
  • The pitch has great longevity – and doesn’t need replacing yearly like synthetic mats
  • The 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled up and stored on their ends which frees up space
  • Rolls out flat without any waves so again you can be sure of a consistent bounce and a safe surface on which to train
  • Customers can choose from either a traditional green batting end OR a coaching design to develop skills of younger players
  • Schools and clubs can add their branding to the 2G Flicx Pitch OR a sponsors logo can be added to help you fund the purchase

The photo’s above were taken by Simon Francis, Master in charge of Cricket at Warwick School. Warwick School purchased two 2G Flicx Skills batting ends at the end of 2016 to roll out over their sprung sportshall floor. For the first time, they were able to host the district trials and Francis has noticed a big improvement in the quality of their programme.

“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. We are looking forward to using these for our practices and cricket matches in the summer”

With Flicx being the world’s most versatile cricket pitch, the same pitch that you use indoors during the winter, can also be used outside in the summer. Link two matting ends together to create a full pitch or lay them on the outfield to increase your junior capacity. Roll them out in the nets or on an artificial pitch to convert it into a cricketing venue – the options are vast and very little preparation and maintenance is required.

 

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