Top 5 Hits of 2018 | The #AskAsh Review of the Year

Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager, Ashley Appleby takes a look back at some of the projects and partnerships which Flicx UK have been part of in 2018. Our Top 5 hits of 2018 include details of work projects with County Boards, cricketing charity The Lord’s Taverners as well as great feedback on the 2G Flicx Pitch indoors, beach cricket and our expanding global reach. All of these stories demonstrate the versatility and portability of the 2G Flicx Pitch and how the innovative surface is helping to create better facilities for more people to participate in cricket and shows the true power of sport in helping to bring communities together. WATCH Episode 12 of #AskAsh now

If video is not your thing here is a brief text overview of our Top 5 Hits …

  1. County Boards – We have been delighted to extend and create new partnerships with several County Boards this year. Applications and examples include with
  • Middlesex Cricket helping solve the problem of lack of facilities in urban areas
  • Worcester CCC attracting corporate support for their Street 6’s festival (More)
  • Surrey Cricket Foundation is trying to boost cricket participation in state schools by converting football fields to cricket facilities (More)
  • Essex Cricket hosting tape ball cricket festivals at football grounds to engage with the SE Asian communities. Yorkshire CF and Cornwall Cricket also host fantastic beach cricket events on our surface …

If any other County Boards are looking to take cricket to new audiences, just contact ricx@flicx.co.uk for more information or call 01295 816765.

2. Lord Taverners

Flicx UK were delighted to attend and support the #Wicketz festival hosted by Lord’s Taveners at Repton School in August. The festival was the biggest in the history of the Wicketz programme and saw over 120 young people from across the country took part in a three-day residential course consisting of competitive cricket, coaching masterclasses and vital life changing workshops. (Read More on this partnership in the blog from the Wicketz Festival) 

3. Indoor Cricket

Great feedback has been forthcoming from numerous sources on how well the 2G Flicx Pitch has been accepted for indoor use and we’ve held a number of different demonstrations on different surfaces just to show people how the pitch works and at the moment we find that the type of feedback that we get is that with conventional matting the bounce is really low, the pitches curl up they difficult and cumbersome to roll and they take up a lot of storage space and with the 2G cricket pitch not only are we sorting out all of those issues but we are giving them terrific performance in terms of pace and bounce and we found that even on low bouncing indoor surfaces the new 2G Flicx cricket pitch gives you improved bounce which has really been encouraging. – says Ashley Appleby

4. Beach Cricket

We have seen some great Beach Cricket events hosted on the 2G Flicx Pitch this year including with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Sierra Leone Cricket Association, Sydney Sixers, the Black Caps and in Cornwall, where teams rowed out to a sandbank to play a game sponsored by a local brewery .

Cricket on Padstow Beach

5. Growing the Game Globally. Ash talks through the work of some of our customers including

  • San Diego Cricket Association
  • Iceland Cricket
  • Uruguay Cricket
  • Cricket in Germany

Whatever your requirement or application, Flicx has a solution for you … for more information download our brochure or get a quote for your club, school or home.  

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2G Flicx Pitch | Top 5 of 2017

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

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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) 

 

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Middlesex Cricket and the 2G Flicx Pitch

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.”

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Warwick School Tournament, Middlesex in the Community and get your game started quicker

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.

Product Development

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.

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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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