Flicx UK were very proud to be part of the Women’s Soft Ball cricket festival this weekend. Matches at the Beaconsfield festival were hosted on blue 2G Flicx cricket pitches where we supplied 3 x 10m batting ends which were used to divide the main cricket oval into 3 smaller cricket fields for the mini games.
In order to prepare the area, the groundsman at Beaconsfield cut the grass short and then on the morning of the tournament the blue pitches were rolled out and given a short time to settle. No pain, all gain! Soft Ball Cricket is a new, fun, fast, social game from the ECB for all abilities where the games are played using a soft ball so no need for pads, helmets etc – its very easy to just turn up and play. Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals are taking place throughout this summer during the ICC Women’s World Cup and offer a new route into cricket especially for beginners.
INSIDE FOOTBALL is a new indoor football venue in Stroud, opened in March 2014 by Tony Adams and run by former Aston Villa footballer Steve Cowe and friend Clive Eckersal. The venue consists of three small courts separated by weighted curtains, which can be pulled back to create a 3G football pitch. There is also a reception area, a lounge area with sofas, a stand for spectators, toilets, changing rooms and a multi purpose room to serve as a classroom, party room or fitness area. Now thanks to the installation of a new 2G Flicx Pitch, the venue can also be used for cricket too.
Inside Football – Cricket on a 3G
Clive Eckersall picks up the story…. “We opened Inside Football in January 2014 and concentrated on developing the football bookings side of the business with Clubs, Leagues, Casual bookings & Childrens Coaching / Holiday Camps. With the summer 6 weeks long, we needed to offer other sports for our holiday courses such as cricket, tag rugby, rounders etc.
The company we employed to carry out the 3G & netting installation was S & C Slatter of Newbury and we asked them to recommend a cricket mat suitable for rolling out & laying on the surface and they recommended the Flicx mats. Gary came down from Flicx UK with a mat to demo and we invited Ben Gannon, a former professional cricketer, to come along and try out it out. We were all very happy with the results with good bounce being produced. Since purchasing the pitch, we have had alot of interest from local cricket clubs and are now advertising the fact we can offer cricket at our unique facility. We are looking to expand in the future with the possibility of installing nets dividing a pitch into 3 cricket nets and installing 2 more Flicx cricket mats. We look forward to a successful partnership with Flicx UK”
Speaking about the concept of transforming indoor football venues into cricketing facilities, Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin said it was an increasingly popular request. “We are seeing a number of footballing facilities adding a Flicx pitch to their offering which enables them to also run indoor cricket leagues without any damage to the surface below. Indoor cricket is becoming increasingly popular during the winter months and its very easy to roll out a 2G Flicx Pitch onto a rubbercrumb pitch and it can just be rolled up and stored on its end after use. For operators its a great way to enhance the offering of their venue and attract new bookings just like Inside Football and The Soccer Factory (see video below) have successfully done.
Flicx UK and the Cricketer Magazine would like to congratulate Littletown CC who have been announced as the winners of our “Pitch for a Pitch” competition and will receive a brand new 2G Flicx Pitch to further aid the redevelopment of the club which is based in County Durham.
The Littletown CC story spoke of how the clubs facilities had been transformed from an overgrown mess into a field of dreams thanks to the hard work and dedication for the local community. We are sure a 2G Flicx Pitch will help the club develop further and we will be sure to follow their journey as the new pitch is received.
VIA Littletown CC
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If you are looking to give your cricket club the edge in the 2014 season, then a trip to an upcoming Cricket Club Expo is a must this February. There are 3 exhibitions across the month …
Headlingly, 1st February
Edgebaston, 8th February
Ageas Bowl, 22nd February
All shows open to visitors at 10am and are open until 5pm, entrance is free, and all venues have ample parking, so come and join us for a great cricketing day out, please pre-register here. Cricket Club EXPO is officially supported by the ECB and brings clubs together with leading cricket suppliers including Flicx UK who will be officially launching the 2G Flicx Pitch range to the market.
The bright new colours of the 2G Flicx Eagle Eyed Pitch
The new 2G range comes in 3 designs and can be fully bespoked with your choice of colour and branding. The surface is improved and tests have shown it to produce improved ball bounce, better seam and spin performance and it’s easier to work with and softer when rolling out. This makes it ideal for clubs, schools and indoor cricket or laid on top of existing astro surfaces.
The bright markings on the Eagle-Eyed and Skills pitches act as coaching aids and help players develop line and length bowling techniques as well as aiding their batting decision making. Available in 7 standard sizes, the Flicx 2G Pitch is a great way to transform any hard surface into a cricket pitch – it can be laid onto grass, astro, rubbercrumb, indoor sports halls – just roll it out and play!
2G Flicx Logo
Do come along and visit our stand at the Cricket Club Expo’s and test the 2G pitch out for yourself in our bowling challenge (win a bottle of champagne!) and take advantage of our pre-season prices to get your new pitch in time for the new season. Don’t forget to register for the CCE shows or 2G Brochure low res to download our new brochure or get in touch with us for a quote.
In celebration of Devon Malcolm’s 50th Birthday, Devon will be raising £50,000 for Chance to Shine. ‘Hitting 50’ will be a VIP marquee lunch, celebrity cricket match, chukkas and charity auction.
Held in the beautiful surroundings of the Brixworth Cricket Club on Thursday 20th June, this all day bash will feature:
VIP drinks reception and marquee lunch
Kids cricket coaching session with England Women Coaching Ambassadors including Charlotte Edwards
Anecdotes from the wicket with cricket legends
Flicx UK will be supporting this event by providing TWO Flicx Pitches for Chance to Shines’ juniors to bat on in the morning session which will convert the one existing cricket field into 2 smaller fields showing the versatility of the product for all formats of the game for all ages and abilities. In addition we will be raising the guests competitive stakes further with the Crazy Catch 1 minute challenge. As well as prizes for the best celebrity, adult and junior scores (and the bragging rights gained) that will be handed out on the day, there is also the small matter of a $10,000 prize fund which will be won by the one minute challenge top scorer globally (Deadline of the 31st July) See www.crazycatch.com for full terms and conditions
Chance to Shine is a national campaign which aims to bring cricket, with its educational benefits, back to state schools. Since launching in 2005, CTS have brought cricketing opportunities to 2 million state school children. To continue this work, they need to raise £5 million annually. For more information and to purchase a ticket to the Hitting 50 event, please visit www.chancetoshine.org