New home for the 2G Flicx Pitch blog

Please note that our blog now has a new home … You can find all the latest case studies and guidance on the world’s most versatile cricket pitch from now on at

http://blog.flicx.co.uk/

or click the link at the online home of the 2G Flicx Pitch : www.flicx.co.uk … why not head over there now!

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The 2G Flicx Pitch is helping schools worldwide to develop their cricketing facilities

The Flicx portable pitch concept was originally developed in South Africa in 1997 to help create more opportunities for youngsters to play cricket in the post-apartheid era. In the subsequent years the Flicx Pitch has helped cricket to thrive and grow in places it has never been played before and in countries all around in the world including on top of Mt Everest!!

Cricket on a Flicx Pitch

Our artificial surface solution has solved a number of different facility issues in cricket and has a number of applications in the educational sector including

Fast forward to 2016 and Flicx UK are now manufacturing the pitch in the UK and have developed their 2G version which offers increased grip, improved bounce and a surface which takes seam and spin performance. The new pitch works excellently both indoors and outdoors, for hard and soft ball, for junior and senior cricket and the school market is really making the most of its versatility. Its USP is an unique ability to be rolled up and out to create a pop up wicket is an obvious benefit whilst it’s also excellent value for money compared to other more permanent synthetic mats and can be easily installed by a groundsman, after some initial preparation, and with regular maintenance will ensure very good performance and a consistent bounce…

  • Converting a grass field that might host football or rugby in the winter to a cricket field in the summer (preparation of grass underneath is advised) 
  • Laid on top of an outfield to increasing capacity (ie-hosting two junior games at once)
  • Using a Flicx Pitch as a second wicket for training or friendlies taking pressure off your main square or when wet weather might cause damage.
  • Renovating or upgrading a worn astro in the nets
  • Rolled out on top of either astroturf pitches or rubbercrumb surfaces … the list goes on!

This multi-use concept, for a school provides great flexability, a point which was echoed by Mark Costin, Head of PE, Sacred Heart School (Battersea) who were looking to guarantee a playing surface to give consistency to their junior cricket practices, pushing the better cricketers who can now play their shots as the bounce is true. With no groundsman or expertise to prepare grass wickets, a drop-on pitch made a lot of sense for this South London School and Mark needed little prompting to praise the upgrade

“It’s absolutely transformed the standard of cricket that we can teach and then play matches against other schools.”

The Master in charge of cricket Stephen Jones of Harrow School points to its consistency. “I am impressed with the 2G Flicx Pitch coaching designs. They facilitate the development of good cricket playing techniques in younger players with the surface offering a true bounce, good spin and seam performance and still giving batsmen the confidence to play shots off their front foot.

“ We have used the pitches to host tournaments where multiple games can take place on one field”

Why choose the Flicx 2G Pitch??

  • Minutes to set up
  • Reliable pace and bounce
  • Convert various surfaces into a cricket pitch
  • Use it summer, winter, indoors or outdoors
  • Maintenance is easy and minimal

The convenience and versatility across a plethora of scenarios has to be its star quality and Flicx are proud to help cricket to grow in the UK and all around the world including most high recently in a number of International Schools all keen to add cricket to their curriculum in places such as Dubai and Dulwich College, Shanghai where the climate has previously been a barrier …. Again the 2G Flicx Pitch is solving these facility problems, boosting participation and creating more opportunities to play the game.

For more information about our 2G product range, our coaching designs and branding options do visit www.flicx.co.uk where you can also arrange a quote for your school OR call Gary Luke on +44 (0)1295 816765 with any questions on the pitches suitability for your specific needs.

What’s the difference between the 2G Flicx Skills Pitch and 2G Flicx Eagle-eyed Pitch???

The 2G Flicx Pitch is the ultimate cricket match pitch but did you know you can also use this versatile surface as a coaching aid to develop the batting and bowing skills of younger players??

2G Eagle Eyed Pitch

2G Eagle Eyed Pitch

Flicx have developed two coaching pitch designs with bright colours and targets. Choose from either the 2G Flicx Skills pitch or the 2G Flicx Eagle eyed pitch and roll it out on your outfield, in the nets, on top of another synthetic surface or convert a grass field or similar into a cricket training facility.

The Eagle eyed pitch is great for beginners … coloured sections replicate those seen on TV which is both fun and inspiring. At a basic skill level, the coloured tiles are used to develop the ability to bowl at different lengths – with good, short, full and yorker lengths marked out. These visual cues help players focus their deliveries and achieve consistency.

The Skills pitch is the next stage up in a player’s development with the targets assisting with both line and length. Coaches can encourage bowling to the off side or leg side at different lengths whilst batsmen will be able to develop decision making skills and shot selection based on where the ball is pitched.

These coaching designs are available in various lengths and as either a full pitch size or a batting end. Full pitches can be easily split into two to host two smaller mini games which is a great way add fun and challenge to your cricket training and offers great versatility and value for money for clubs and schools.

5 FAQ’s about the 2G Flicx Home Academy

As well as helping to transform grass fields to cricket facilities or one of the many other applications of the worlds most versatile cricket pitch, it remains a very popular way to create your very own Lords in your own back yard or garden … Here are some of the most commonly asked questions

Flicx Home Academy

Flicx Home Academy

  1. What is a Flicx Home Academy?

The Flicx Home Academy is a cricket training set up for the home environment which allows young players to hone their techniques without any damage to the surrounding areas. Typically the home academy package is made up of a 2G Flicx Batting End (10, 7 or 4m), a cricket net system and a bowling machine. Players can play and practice their batting or bowling techniques at a realistic intensity on a pitch which delivers a consistent bounce.

2. How should the pitch be installed and secured in the garden environment?

Flicx UK recommend some initial preparation of the ground to ensure the best possible performance. By that we mean ..

  1. cutting the grass very short
  2. level of all high spots and fill in hollows with a suitable clay based loam

It does not require to be secured by nails or anything else. It can be settled on to the surface by just walking up and down on it. Laying it in this way will give excellent performance straight away. We provide full installation and maintenance guidance

3. Can the pitch be laid and then left for the whole summer? What is the performance like … 

Yes the pitch can be rolled out and left for the whole summer but for the home environment (unless a roller is available to go over the pitch) it is best to roll up the pitch each week and cut the grass again (low to the roots). The growing grass tends to lift the pitch off the ground.

4. How heavy is a 2G Flicx batting end? Will one adult be able to move it on their own?

The 10m batting end is 67 kgs, the 7.5m batting end is 40 kgs whilst the 4m throwdown is 20 kgs. The 7.5m and the 4m products can be easily moved by 1 adult. Flicx recommend that the 10m batting end is transported on the Flicx safety trolley.

Straps are provided to fix the pitch in a roll. Whilst rolled up we would recommend that the pitch is stored in a garage or shed if possible.

5. What do customers say about the Flicx home academy? 

“The Flicx Home Academy is a great system for the development of your game in the safety of your own home. I would certainly recommend it for all up and coming cricketers. It is ideal to have as pre season and post season training.”- Jimmy Cook – ex South African Test Cricketer and previous coach for Hampshire (also father to Stephen Cook who recently scored a test century on debut against England)

Initial good ground preparation is paramount to getting the best performance from the 2G Flicx pitch, it needs to be level in terms of high spots and low spots with very short grass. You can choose from any of the 3 Flicx Pitch designs with various colours and branding options also available.

Get a quote now or call Gary on 01295 816765 with any other questions that you might have.

Flicx February FLASH SALE

Flicx UK, the company behind the innovative 2G Flicx Pitch, the versatile, cricket pitch solution helping many clubs and schools worldwide to improve their cricketing facilities, is offering an early bird deal on all sales for the remainder of February with an “early bird” two week flash sale.

Save 10%

Don’t miss out on 10% off all orders confirmed in the final two weeks of the month which is a great opportunity to get organised for the new season well in advance our our busy period

  • Do you create additional playing and practice facilities for your thriving junior section?
  • Do you want to create a new practice facility or upgrade your nets at the fraction of the cost of a synthetic?
  • Do you want to create a new cricket facility by converting a grass field or other artificial surface?
  • Do you need a portable solution which doesn’t impact on the service below?
  • Looking for a pitch which is low maintenance but provides a consistent bounce and takes seam and spin bowling?
  • Do you want the versatility of being able to use a pitch, both outdoors and indoors, for adult or junior, hard or soft ball cricket … all these solutions in one pitch, of course you do!!

The applications of the highly acclaimed 2G Flicx Pitch are vast and we are pleased to be able to support the development of cricket in new markets for the game whilst also supply a host of independent and public schools in the UK and abroad. Add your sponsors logo and choose from a range of colour options and coaching designs to support skill development in young players.

Don’t forget our early bird Flicx Flash sale only runs until the 29th February so don’t miss out, get your bespoke quote for your 2G Flicx Pitch today or call Gary Luke on +44 (0)1295 816765 to see if the Flicx Pitch will be right for your requirements.

Get a quote – http://www.flicx.co.uk/get-a-quote-for-a-2g-flicx-pitch/

Read our testimonials – http://www.flicx.co.uk/pitches/testimonials/

Watch our 2G Flicx Pitch video – a quick overview of the product and how it works

Case Study : Rain doesn’t stop play at Bute CCC

Wet weather leading to lots of your cricket games being called off? See how Bute CCC solved this problem …

Running a cricket club on a small island in the firth of clyde has many challenges. Firstly the nearest fixtures on the mainland all involve two ferry trips and secondly there are less than six thousand people on the island, the majority retired and non-players however the club has managed to deal successfully with all these matters and now has eight qualified coaches and successful partnerships with local schools nurturing the next generation of players. One problem the club could not solve however was the availability of a reliable wicket. Bute maintains its own ground but has always fought an unsuccessful battle against the heavy rainfall the island receives which had frustratingly led to the postponement of many fixtures over the years.

Bute Cricket

All this changed in 2014 however when the club purchased a 2G Flicx wicket which has completely transformed the clubs facility situation to the extent that there were no rain affected cancellations in 2015. Practice was held every week on the clubs 2G Flicx wicket and it was even used it for the inaugural Bute beach cricket festival. Furthermore the league Bute County CC is affiliated too, the Western District Cricket Union (WDCU) approved the pitch trial and its suitability for hosting league matches.

All opposition teams were delighted with the results obtained on the 2G pitch especially given Bute actually lost every one of the first seven games they played on the Flicx surface so it was not such a lucky omen for the home side!! Since then, two of these visiting clubs have made enquiries about purchasing their own 2G Flicx Pitch. Bute County CC even rolled up the pitch and took it across to the mainland and used it on a very wet and grassy ground where it still performed well whilst its crowning glory was its use for our festival match against a touring team from Mumbai in India!

“Bute County fully endorse the obvious logic in purchasing a Flicx 2G wicket. The benefits are numerous and its very easy for two people to transport and then quickly roll out to get the game started.”

If your clubs faces similar battles with the weather and you would like a quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch for your club or school, simply complete our quote form with your details and we will be in touch shortly with a bespoke price GET A QUOTE

With many thanks to David Mackay, former chairman of Bute County CC for writing this blog and testimonial for us

How do you lay a 2G Flicx Pitch??

So your brand new 2G Flicx Pitch has arrived! (or you are thinking of getting one and you are studiously preparing) … our latest blog will tell you how to lay your pitch to ensure you get maximum performance from the surface.

First of all you have a decision to make …

Is your pitch to be laid permanently on your field (or in same position for at least for the season) or will it be used temporarily and rolled up and out each time you want to use it? See 1. for guidelines on laying your pitch permanently or 2. for temporary applications

  1. Permanent 

Then the most important thing to consider in terms of laying your pitch correctly is that the tiles underneath contain feet which are 15mm long. For optimum pitch performance, these feet should touch the under surface. If they don’t then energy from the ball when bowled will be absorbed by the pitch and the bounce will be flatter. Therefore you initially need to cut the grass down very short so the feet of the pitch touch. Follow these steps

  1. Cut the grass right down low (to its roots) where you intend to roll out your new 2G Flicx wicket
  2. Ensure any high spots in the wicket are levelled off and all hollows filled in with a similar clay based topsoil
  3. Go over the area with a roller
  4. Lay the pitch itself – Watch this video or refer to our installation guide for full details and safety guidance on how to roll out your new pitch then secure it in the middle.

Top Tip “If you are looking to protect and conserve your main square, you can lay a 2G Flicx Pitch over the top of it, without any damage to the surface underneath which is ideal for hosting practice games or training sessions”

Rolling out a 2G Flicx Pitch

Rolling out a 2G Flicx Pitch

Over time as the grass grows through your pitch the bounce will improve further as the pitch “beds down”. You can mow over the pitch not a problem although gang mowers should not be used.

2. Temporary 

If you plan to roll your pitch out then back up after your game the process is fairly similar. We recommend you cut the grass down to the roots first, go over with a roller then just lay the pitch over the top. On subsequently uses the pitch should be rolled in the same spot.

As you can see – Flicx makes light work for your groundsman and it’s such a quick, easy, portable cricket pitch solution so very popular with schools and clubs all around the world.

Its also worth noting that tf the under surface is fairly hard anyhow, the pitch will perform well on the outfield without additional mowing which is great if you want to pull the pitch in half and play two junior games or use the pitch for nets. The possibilities are endless!

For any additional questions, you can either post in the comments box below or contact Gary on +44 (0)1295 816765

A Flicx Pitch Case Study by the ICC Academy in Dubai

The ICC Academy in Dubai’s mission is to become and remain the world’s leading cricket development, performance and education institution. It’s facilities are unrivalled and attract many international teams with the venue containing 2 full-size cricket ovals with floodlights, 7 synthetic and 3 hybrid pitches, an air-conditioned pavilion with state of the art gymnasiums, performance analysis technology etc and an indoor cricket centre including 6 indoor practice pitches and 4 Flicx Pitches which arrived in 2014.

One of 4 Flicx Pitches at the ICC Academy

One of 4 Flicx Pitches at the ICC Academy

The Flicx Pitches are a vital part of the ICC Academy’s schools program in Dubai with the key benefits being the ability to host multiple games on one oval and to also take the pressure off the main oval at the facility. Large tournaments are now possible and as a result the program is being expanded this year to give every school in Dubai access to these world class facilities. Speaking about the Flicx Pitches Samuel Charnley, Warriors Program Lead said

“The Flicx Pitch is an extremely powerful piece of equipment for the coaches and the ICC Academy, for numerous reasons. The pitch allows us to transform our ovals into an additional 2 grounds allowing us to play more games in shorter spaces of times. The pitches also create the ability for us to run junior tournaments with far greater ease.”

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The schools programme at the academy aims to attract every school in Dubai to the centre

The pitches are easily rolled up and rolled out onto the outfield and in the future program sponsors will also be able to add their branding onto the surfaces. In the hot, desert climate in the UAE, the Flicx Pitch is a great solution to enable cricket to develop for example in schools where it might be very expensive to grow and maintain a grass surface or their might be a lack of expertise from the staff, the Flicx pitch can be rolled out to create an authentic cricket experience by laying it over an astro or rubbercrumb pitch which most schools have on site. With many international schools in Dubai with large expat communities from the likes of the UK, India, South Africa etc, the sport has the potential to grow with facility solutions like the versatile pitch from Flicx UK.

Speaking about her visit to the ICC Academy, Flicx marketing manager Kate Costin said ” Flicx are very honoured to have 4 pitches at the ICC Academy … the facilities are first class and it’s great to hear how successful the schools program has been and Sam’s exciting plans for its development. We certainly believe that the Flicx Pitch is exceptionally well suited to conditions in Dubai and are keen to speak with schools in the UAE who want to create their own cricket facilities with the addition of a Flicx Pitch which going forward would be our new and improved 2G surface.

For more information on the Flicx Pitch or to get a quote, please visit our website www.flicx.co.uk 

Flicx “pitches up” at the FOBISIA conference in KL

Flicx UK sales manager Gary Luke has just returned from a trip to KL in Malaysia where Flicx UK exhibited for the first time at The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Heads of PE Conference 2015. The event was hosted by Garden International School in KL and by chairman Barnaby Sandow of Jerudong International School in Brunei Darussalam, a school who has recently taken delivery of a 2G Flicx Pitch hence our invite.

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For FOBISIA members looking to introduce cricket into their curriculum the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great solution to any facility issues which the school might have for example no fully maintained cricket square, not enough space etc. A 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled onto existing fields or on an artificial surfaces to add authenticity to pupils cricketing experiences with a good consistent bounce which takes seam and spin. In tropical temperature such as those found in Asia the UV stabilisation added during manufacture means the product has a 10-15 year lifespan thus being a great investment.

Interest was very high at the conference with many schools UK counterparts already benefiting from Flicx products – some orders were placed on the spot with others looking to order ahead of the new season. Flicx hosted a knock about match for delegates and also sponsored the drinks reception at the event which attracted over 60 teachers from British schools in Thailand, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong to name but a few.

One of the Dulwich College pitches at Flicx UK hq before dispatch to Shanhai

One of the Dulwich College pitches at Flicx UK HQ before dispatch to Shanghai

Another existing Flicx Pitch customer who was present, Jamie from Dulwich College International in Shanghai, spoke very highly of the 2G Flicx Pitches as Dulwich enjoyed their first weekend of cricket on a Flicx Pitch just 2 weeks prior to the conference.

FOBISIA members qualify for a discount on all pitches ordered … contact Gary Luke for more information on +44 (0)1295 816765 or email gary@flicx.co.uk

The 2G Flicx Pitch September Sale! 10% OFF

Welcome to our September SALE. Save 10% off all products in the 2G Flicx Pitch range this month only in our warehouse clearance end of season sale.

Order your new pitch now for the 2016 season and save 10%

Order your new pitch now for the 2016 season and save 10%

After a busy season for the 2G Flicx Pitch we are offering customers who still want to buy in 2015 a great deal. Order in September and get 10% off (applies to both new and existing quotes) which gives those already looking ahead to the 2016 season a real incentive. In addition, the 2G Flicx Pitches’ great performance indoors means you can buy now and use for your club or schools winter training before using it for a wide range of applications outdoors. Read our 9 applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch blog now to see if the pitch can solve your facility requirements.

To learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch you can either WATCH this short video or call us directly with any questions or queries about its suitability for you. Call Gary Luke on +44 (0)1295 816765 or email gary@flicx.co.uk