Warriors : Can cricket really bring change to the Maasai region?

Warriors is a documentary following a group of young Maasai who, in a remote region of Kenya, have remarkably formed a cricket team. They relate the sport to their traditional hunting techniques – the ball is the spear, the bat is the shield – and their flowing red robes in full flight are an awesome sight. The film whose executive producer is Englands leading wicket taker Jimmy Anderson, follows the team as they pursue their dream of reaching England, the home of cricket, and test themselves in the amateur Last Man Stands World Championship.

But there is a darker heart to the story. The Maasai are male dominated, women have few rights – even to their own bodies – and girls as young as six have suffered Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages. Traditional practices such as these have also contributed to the spread of HIV/Aids, and now many believe the future of the Maasai is under serious threat. The Warriors cricket team are using their new-found unity on the field as an inspiration to those off it, attempting to educate and give young people a sense of belonging, support, and hope. However, they face resistance from the elders of their community – well-respected and wise men who hold all Maasai traditional practices dear and carry great influence. They fear losing any of their traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. Can cricket really bring change to the region?

The Maasai Warriors are more than cricketers; they are the hope of future generations © Warrior Films website

The Maasai Warriors are more than cricketers; they are the hope of future generations © Warrior Films website

“They play cricket, sleep cricket, dream cricket, and drink and eat cricket every day”

In contemporary cricket, the rise of Maasai Warriors can be compared to only Afghanistan’s. They took giant strides in the world of cricket despite having no infrastructure, kit, or exposure to quality cricket. These stories and others really demonstrate the power of cricket and its ability to change the world, for the better. Flicx was developed off the back of the apartheid era in South Africa as a vehicle to bring people together through sport (Read More)… our roll out, portable pitch enabled new facilities to be created and the game to grow. We were pleased to hear recently that a Flicx Pitch was donated to the Maasai Warriors cricket team by the British Army and you can see footage in the Warriors movie trailer …. we have heard other remarkable stories from around the world with cricket being used to bring peace to regions such as Israel and how cricket has changed so many lives for the better. (Read More)

This is the true value of sport and we look forward to watching the Warriors film – you can find your local screening by visiting the website  www.warriorsfilm.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

Hong Kong Cricket hopes Flicx pitches will boost local game

HKCA is hoping the portable tracks once used on Everest and Kilimanjaro will help make up for lack of grounds – piece by Alvin Sallay taken from http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1614715/hong-kong-cricket-hopes-flicx-pitches-will-boost-local-game

HKCA chooses the 2G Flicx Pitch

HKCA chooses the 2G Flicx Pitch

Flicx pitches have been used to play cricket at Everest base camp as well as the roof of Africa near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now four of these roll-up surfaces have been purchased by the Hong Kong Cricket Association as it tries to grapple with the shortage of grounds.

“We have got four Flicx pitches and two will be used at KGV while we are looking to use the other two at Po Kong Village Reservoir (PKVR) Park and Mission Road,” says Rodney Miles, president of the Hong Kong Cricket Association.

“These pitches are used quite a lot around the world and in Hong Kong we can use it to increase the number of grounds available for cricket.”

The plastic tracks have been a hit ever since a group of enthusiastic cricketers played a charity game 5,165 metres above sea level and close to the Mount Everest base camp in 2009.

That match held the record for cricket played at the “highest level” until last month when former test players, England spinner Ashley Giles and South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, led an expedition which trekked for eight days as they scaled the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, an extinct volcano, to play a Twenty20 match at 5,785 metres. “As long as you have a fairly firm surface underneath, you can roll out this pitch and have a game of cricket,” said Miles.

“It is pretty amazing and we hope we can use it extensively in Hong Kong. It can certainly provide much-wanted facilities. Already we have added two junior grounds at KGV.

“Instead of having to build a pitch, which can be very costly – that is provided you get the space first to do so – now we can roll it out and have a match. This is more acceptable too,” Miles added.

The HKCA is in discussions with Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to allow Flicx cricket pitches to be used at PKVR and Mission Road, effectively doubling the amount of cricket games that can be played at each ground. Other LCSD venues in Tung Chung and Tuen Mun are also being targeted.

Hong Kong has just five grounds for cricket – the two established clubs (Hong Kong Cricket Club and Kowloon Cricket Club), Mission Road, PTS (Police Training School) and PKVR Park.

Until long-term plans to bring on board facilities in Gin Drinkers Bay at Kwai Chung, Ma On Shan and ultimately for cricket to be able to use the proposed Kai Tak Sports Complex facility, the association has pinned its hopes on Flicx pitches living up to its hype – taking cricket to where it has never been played before – and pushing the sport forward in the city.

The 2G Flicx Pitch arrives in Australia

The 2G Flicx Pitch is now available in Australia and the surrounding region ahead of the new season. This is the first time that the new surface has been sold here following its successful launch last year in the UK where it is manufactured by Flicx UK.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a hugely versatile product with a number of possible applications to provide cricket facility solutions for clubs and schools. It can be used both indoors and out and for both senior and junior cricket with a soft or hard ball. Popular applications include ….

  • Converting a field into a cricket pitch
  • Converting an artificial such as a rubbercrumb or astroturf into a cricket pitch
  • To increase your junior capacity
  • Beach Cricket
  • Indoor Cricket or generally to take cricket to places it has never been played before.

The 2G Flicx Pitches simple “roll out, roll up” concept means its portable and doesn’t damage the under-surface. Some clubs use the Flicx Pitch to avoid strain on their main square whilst others leave it down for the whole season and allow grass to grow through the tiles.

Young cricketers can improve their bowling and batting techniques with our special coaching designs whilst logo’s can also be added which is a great option for club sponsors. The Flicx Pitch is great value for money and for all new customers in Australia we have a special 2G launch offer which means that the price includes delivery to your closest port. Flicx UK can also provide a quote and assist with delivery to your club on request too. Why not take a look around our main website for lots more details on our products and various case studies from existing customers all around the world alternatively REQUEST A QUOTE using our simple online form. Look out for future blogs on the history of the Flicx Pitch in Australia and Case Studies …

Flicx UK helps the US Ambassador to the UK host the first US vs UK media cricket game at Winfield House

On the 13th August, US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun hosted the inaugural U.S. v UK press team cricket match at Winfield House, London. The match was played on a 2G Flicx Pitch which was rolled out on the lawn especially to host the match.

The aim of the match was to raise the profile of the sport in the US and in addition to the cricket, there was also a cricket based menu for the guest to all enjoy including team captain Mark Austin from ITV news.

The Flicx Pitch was the perfect solution and surface on which to host the game. It was delivered the day before and rolled out after some preparation to the grass below to ensure optimum performance. You can see Matthew Barzun bowl the first game of the game on the slow mo video above. Sadly the game had to be cut short due to rain but we hope to be back next year if the match becomes a regular fixture in the ambassador’s diary.

If you are interested in seeing more footage from the day, watch the video below or view the photostream on the Winfield House flickr…

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Be the first to WATCH our new 2G Flicx Pitch video telling the story behind the world’s most versatile cricket pitch

As the new cricket season starts this weekend, Flicx UK are delighted to release their new video which provides a quick overview about the 2G Flicx Pitch and explains its various applications and performance benefits.

When founder Richard Beghin realised there weren’t enough facilities for the increasingly-popular sport of cricket in South Africa, he founded Flicx and the first one was rolled out at Telkom Country Club in Pretoria. Fast forward to today and Flicx UK  have now developed their 2G range with improved ball bounce and better seam/spin performance as well as offering much more grip when wet. The animated video goes through other benefits of the 2G product including its great versatility of being able to be used both indoor or out, for adult or junior cricket and for hard or soft ball games.

The new 2G product has been phenomenally popular since its launch last year with clubs seeing its value in increasing junior capacity, or converting other fields or artificial surfaces into a cricketing venue …we even hosted the world’s highest cricket match on Mt Kilimanjaro last September … all part of the unique appeal of the product which can take cricket to places it has never been played before.

Choose your pitches colours and design plus add your logo!

Choose your pitches colours and design plus add your logo!

This year especially we are noticing more school and clubs take advantage of branding opportunities and the ability to pick your pitches colour/ design … all this and more can be seen in our video’s concise overview of the Flicx Pitch. To get a quote for your club, simple complete our short on-line form or contact Gary Luke, who will be able to answer any questions which you may have on the pitches performance / suitability for your club, on +44(0)1295 816765

We hope you love the video as much as we do and our big thanks to Phil and all the team at Katapult for their help in bringing the Flicx story to life.

High demand on the 2G Flicx Pitches – Lead times announcement

Flicx UK are currently experiencing very high demand for its 2G Flicx Pitch range which is now in its second season. At the moment (POSTED 29-04-2015) we have a 3 week lead time on the manufacture of all new orders from the time that the order is placed until dispatch. We are working with our suppliers to increase supply and hope to clear outstanding orders within the next couple of weeks.

Advice for those looking to order a 2G Flicx Pitch – Flicx UK are advising customers with urgent pitch requirements to place their order asap to ensure we meet your deadlines. Only when an order is confirmed can we give an accurate delivery date to you but we ask for all new orders that you anticipate a 3 week wait at the moment.

We are sorry for the extension in our lead times at this our peak time … but trust the quality of the 2G Flicx product and its huge number of applications will be well worth the wait for your club or school.

A versatile cricket pitch solution... from Flicx UK

A versatile cricket pitch solution… from Flicx UK

To receive a bespoke 2G Flicx Pitch quote, you can now use our quick and easy online form (click here)

All 2G Flicx Pitches are now UK made and here’s how!

The original Flicx Pitch was developed and manufactured in South Africa – however now with the advent and development of our 2G product; we have been able to move all production and assembly over to here in the UK which means lower lead times on all orders and completely flexibility over the design and colours of your pitch (for those choosing to move away from our traditional green match pitch)

A full length pitch (22.12m x 1.8m) takes around an hour to put together and is made from a number of these tiles which themselves are manufactured in Suffolk by a plastics company called Roland Plastics Ltd. They specialise in the supply of precision engineered injection mouldings and assemblies in a wide range thermoplastic materials, produced on state of the art machines.

The 2G Flicx Pitch tiles as they arrive from the factory in Suffolk

The 2G Flicx Pitch tiles as they arrive from the factory in Suffolk

From here, our assembly men ( Rob) pitch together the pitches, clipping and hammering the slots in place before trimming the excess clips from any outer edges. The whole process takes between 1-2 hours. You will notice from our blog and website, that we now also produce two brand new coaching pitches, the skills pitch and the eagle-eyed pitch with the same process applying only with coloured tiles being used in line with the design so with coloured strips to show pitching in line as well as target tiles to aid the skill development of young players.

A 2G Flicx Match Pitch is carefully constructed (like lego) by hand in our warehouse on Hinton Airfield

A 2G Flicx Match Pitch is carefully constructed (like lego) by hand in our warehouse on Hinton Airfield

Once the pitch is completed, it is rolled up tightly and tied with 2 straps before being placed in a mesh bag and readied for dispatch to our customers to support the development of cricket facilities and talent – allowing cricket to be played pretty much anywhere!

The finished pitches, rolled up and ready to be dispatched to clubs around the world

The finished pitches, rolled up and ready to be dispatched to clubs around the world

For more details about the 2G Flicx Pitch range or to view one of our case studies please visit www.flicx.co.uk – our newly redesigned online home or call us for advice on 01295 816765

Flicx UK and Roland Plastics seal new sports surface deal

Roland Plastics, an established family run plastics moulding business with vast experience the flooring market , now manufacture and supply Flicx UK with the Tecnotile for exclusive use in the new 2G Flicx range of cricket pitches, now in their second year of production. Roland Plastics specialises in the supply of precision engineered injection mouldings and assemblies in a wide range of thermoplastic materials, produced by state of the art machines.

Roland Plastics logo

Roland Plastics logo

 

The new 2G Flicx Pitch surface has already shown an improved performance, increased bounce and ease of handling with great feedback on the new brand from clubs and schools around the world. Manufacturing through Roland Plastics in the UK now gives us a further flexibility and allows us to supply our customers with a far shorter lead times. In addition the cushioned properties of the 2G Flicx Pitch provide players with excellent foot grip which prevents fatigue and injuries which can be caused when playing on hard surfaces.

Product features

  • 5 years UV stabilisation at 80 Kilolangleys
  • Can support vehicles of up to 2,000kg on a firm surface
  • Fire Rating – Tested to B2 4790:1987, BS6307:1982 and BS476 part 13
  • Meets Sports Council Draft “Specification for Artificial Sports Surfaces
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Designed to withstand global weather extremes

“We are pleased to be associated with an experienced company such as Roland Plastics “ says Richard Beghin, Managing Director at Flicx UK “ UK manufacture brings in many benefits to our brand besides the product being further advanced over the original Flicx Pitch which was developed in South Africa. The partnership created between the two companies is very promising in terms of future developments in the 2G Flicx Pitch range and also gives us the option of developing other sports flooring solutions for the likes of Netball”

Preparing your Flicx Pitch for the new season – Natwest Cricket Force Weekend (28th-29th March) …

Natwest Cricket Force weekend #NWCF is a great time to ensure your Flicx Pitch is ready for the new season. Add it to the project list and assign two volunteers to the job. It should not take too long and is well worth the effort now – it will certainly pay dividends for the rest of the season.

 2271 clubs are registered for #NWCF

2271 clubs are registered for #NWCF

Here are a few  simple things to do to ensure you have a fully operating Flicx Pitch ready for the season

  • Using your sack truck or trolley move your Flicx Pitch to the outfield, where there is sufficient space to roll it out for cleaning and inspection. It’s worthwhile having two volunteers involved when moving the pitch and we would recommend that they use gloves.

Transporting your Flicx Pitch

  • Using a mop and a bucket of warm soapy water ( A standard washing up liquid should be sufficient)  give it a good clean. For the more stupor bits of dirt/ mud you may need a harder broom or even a hose to wash it off.

Brush / Mop your Flicx Pitch to remove the dirt & mud

  • Once clean, its now time for inspection.  What you are looking for is any broken tiles. Tiles sometimes break at the connectors which may be down to old age, mishandling, incorrect storage etc.  The Flicx tiles themselves however are easily replaced. All you need is a small flat head screw driver and a hammer-  please see link to  our blog on making minor repairs to your Flicx Pitch (Click Here)
  • If you are not sure how to remove the broken tiles or how many you may need, we would suggest you take a photo and email it to gary@flicx.com or call him or Rob on 01295816765 where they can provide expert advice.
  • You can purchase replacement tiles directly from Flicx UK which can be shipped within a day or two of ordering. Again just contact gary@flicx.com with your order

Cricket Force weekend and the Easter break is a good time to get your  Flicx Pitch out and ready for the season, especially if you are going to roll it out and leave it in situ for the season. Please Click Here for the correct procedure for the installation of a Flicx Pitch and recommended maintenance guidance or Click Here to download our PDF guide.

We wish you and your club good luck for the season … you can keep in touch with us via our social media accounts

Twitter : Facebook : Instagram – do tweet us a pitch of your handywork this weekend and we will feature the best ones for some extra moral support!!