How has cricket changed your life? Enter to Win a Flicx Match Pitch

ICC Europe and Flicx join together for European countries

The International Cricket Council- Europe is delighted to be partnering with Flicx UK to offer one lucky winner a brand new Flicx match pitch for one cricketing community around Europe as well as runners up prizes of Crazy Catches.

To enter the competition we are looking for stories illustrated by an image showing, how cricket has made a difference to your life and to your community? Anyone whether they be an individual or team can enter from any European Member country, if you have been inspired to play the game whatever your circumstance – we want to hear about it!

ICC Europe and Flicx UK

ICC Europe and Flicx UK

 

After the closing date in mid February, the finalists will be posted online and the winner will be the image and story with the most shares and likes  which also serves to promote cricket to all corners of Europe.

Speaking about the competition Nick Pink, ICC Regional Development Manager – Europe commented, “Cricket has the potential to captivate and inspire people of every age, gender, background while building bridges between continents, countries and communities. We would encourage all European Member clubs to consider entering this competition and are grateful to Flicx for providing a prize that will improve the facilities of our winner’s giving more people access to the game,” said Pink.

On behalf of Crazy Catch Richard Beghin added, “Flicx Pitches have provided new playing surfaces for youngsters around the world for the last 12 years having originally been designed and developed in South Africa, for youngsters in Townships. Flicx and ICC have worked closely over the years to help develop cricket and this competition will be a great way for clubs around Europe where cricket is not so easily accessible, to improve their facilities and demonstrate the power of the sport. By entering the competition it’s also a great opportunity to raise the profile of your club locally using the power of social media,” said Beghin.

Competition Format

Entries are now being sought from ANY individuals or clubs around Europe. To enter simply describe ‘How cricket has made a difference to your life and to your community?’ Maybe you were inspired, taken the game to an area where it hasn’t been played before, have overcome barriers or helped others to improve their cricket or know someone who does.

Please write and submit in no more than 250 words your entry with an accompanying photo to ricx@flicx.com before the deadline of 14thFebruary 2013. You will have until the 8th March 2013 to place your vote and the winner of the Flicx match pitch will be the submission with the most likes and shares.

There will also be runners up prizes of Crazy Catches for second and third place.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to win a brand new pitch for your community- write your entry today and send to ricx@flicx.com.

  1. Entries limited to ICC Europe Member Countries.
  2. Each entry must come from a club or individual association to a Member Cricket Federation
  3. Each entrant should adhere to the ‘spirit of cricket’
  4. Each submission must be received no later than midnight (GMT) on 14th February 2013
  5. Voting online will end on the8th March 2013
  6. The winners will be announced by 30th March 2013
  7. ICC Europe and Flicx UK have the right to use the pictures and stories submitted in their own media unless otherwise stated.
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Q+A with Richard Beghin – MD of Flicx UK … All you need to know about the Flicx Pitch

Rich, Tell us a bit about how the Flicx Pitch products were originally developed…

The Flicx pitch originated in South Africa in the late nineties and was created to help young cricketers who had been brought up in under-privileged townships to develop their game. The pitches are still made in South Africa from recycled plastic. Having moved myself to England myself in 1999 we launched the Flicx pitch at the ECB Coaches Association conference at the NIA; where shortly after we received an ECB contract to supply 799 pitches to inner city schools and deprived areas.

What is unique about the Flicx pitch?

The Flicx pitch is a cost effective way to get a new cricket surface and is generally half the price of synthetic products. It is most frequently used to convert football, rugby or hockey pitches into cricket pitches for the summer- which can then be returned simply by rolling back the Flicx Pitch.

A roll out pitch can convert any sports fields (or surface for that matter!) into a cricket field with no long term damage however some customers choose to embed their pitch permanently into the ground in which case its rolled in and grass grows through it and it is cut like any other crease.

How many Flicx pitches have you installed so far?

We have installed well over 3,500 pitches worldwide from Iceland to China to Russia to right below the Eiffel tower in France… We work very closely with the 5 ICC regions to take cricket to a new audience, providing many youngsters with a new opportunity to enjoy the game. Already this year we have had inquiries from Sierra Leone and the Solomon Islands and will soon be installing on the beautiful island of Vanuatu  (off the East Coast of Australia!)

The Flicx pitch in the London Eye

The Flicx pitch in the London Eye

Is there just one Flicx Pitch?

No – Products range from a full length pitch to shorter batting ends to various different types of coaching pitches with markings on that are used as bowling and batting targets, helping young players with their decision making. We also have our home range which means the product can be easily used in the safety of one’s back garden.

How can clubs/schools/ individuals buy a Flicx Pitch?

We would recommend that you get your Flicx pitch in time for Easter so the pitch is rolled out when the ground is damp. Please ring us directly for a quote 0n 01295 816765 or visit the website www.flicx.co.uk. The other option is to go through any of our approved Flicx Pitch retailers…

Home use of the Flicx pitch

Home use of the Flicx pitch