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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#NWCF : Preparing your Flicx Pitch

#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.

2015 NWCF

2015 NWCF

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

  • Using your 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.
  • 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.co.uk 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.co..uk with your order

Cricket Force weekend 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.

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!! @FlicxPitch

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

Playing Backyard Cricket in style … could the BGOC format boost ECB participation numbers?

Watching the Big Bash and seeing what bumper crowds it has attracted this season, it is clear to see Australian Cricket is getting a lot right at the moment. Whilst Backyard Cricket has always been popular down under, its been taken to a whole new level this year with Channel 10’s partnership with Biggest Game of Cricket (BGOC) from the Ponting Foundation where people are encouraged to have fun playing “Australia’s favourite game” and raise funds to help young Australians and their families beat cancer.

Ten’s winning family, the Mitchell’s then hosted the likes of Gilly, Fred and Punter in a show-piece backyard cricket match at Taree in NSW and the video is fantastic if you haven’t seen it yet…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jgUkGxZuNI

Many people go to great length’s to prepare their backyard track … hours of mowing, rolling to prepare their perfect wicket. Did you know, the Flicx Pitch can help here … you can use our 2G Flicx Pitch in the backyard with minimal preparation and it can be used both permanently or as a roll out, roll up option. We would love to get involved in the 2017 BGOC so Ricky, let us know if we can help your event next year (we would love to create a nice blue, BGOC logo’d pitch for you)

Backyard Cricket at the Mitchells

Backyard Cricket at the Mitchells

Moving closer to home in the UK perhaps its an idea that Sky Sports and the ECB could get behind by means of boosting participation levels … NB – might need to be called garden cricket or something else given we don’t really have backyards but the sentiment remains … lots of people, enjoying cricket with their family at home and then possibly taking it to the next level and raising money for charity with a national event … What do you think? Comments welcome below

Flooding and Fundraising with a Flicx Pitch : Case Study from Threlkeld CC

Back in June 2012, an overflowing culvert deposited tons of rocks and silt across the playing field at picturesque Threlkeld Cricket Club, near Keswick causing scene’s of devastation much similar to those which we have just witnessed across much of the North West of England with the recent terrible floods.

TCC after

TCC after

When the water subsides its often down to the dedication of volunteers to try and get the club back on its feet and in a position where it can host cricket matches once again. This is often a timely and costly process and for Threlkeld led them to raising £50,000 in an extreme cricket calender whilst they settled their legal dispute over the damage with Cumbria County Council.. The idea had come up during a pub conversation a few weeks after the flood…

Underground Cricket

Underground Cricket

The clubs Flicx Pitch was now the only surface on which they could play on and innovatively they took it to various beautiful locations around the region, playing cricket in some unusual locations such as down a mine which created some wonderful images but also some excellent PR. The versatility and portability of the 2G Flicx Pitch means that is it suitable to use on many surfaces meaning you can train in venues that might not usually host cricket.

Any clubs affected by the recent floods can use the Flicx Pitch to train on perhaps at a local school or on an astroturf facility meaning players can still train whilst the clubs primary facility is being rebuilt. A few years on Michael Webster, Threlkeld CC club treasurer, said:

“I can’t tell you how proud I am that we have gone from staring at a pile of rubble and a feeling of utter distress to picking ourselves up, battling on and reinstating our stunning ground back to the way it should be.”

If your club is looking for a portable surface, take a look at our product range and contact us for a quote

Extracts from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33203585

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.

Attracting new players and boosting participation with the 2G Flicx Pitch

Much has been debated around how to get more people playing cricket…

Attracting new players

Participation numbers have dropped by 64,000 in a single year, down from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 last season. Just as alarmingly, five per cent of all organised fixtures were conceded in 2014 because at least one of the teams was unable to field 11 bodies, with the obvious knock-on effects of such cancellations breeding disillusionment among those who have given up their weekends for a cause they want, with profoundly good reason, to believe in. And there’s more: less than a third of those 844,000 regard themselves as ‘core’ players – defined as people who  could commit to at least 12 matches in a league season – with the best part of the remaining 600,000 deemed ‘occasional’ or ‘cameo’ players.

It’s not a single approach but a philosophy where making it easy and enjoyable for everyone of all ages and abilities is the way to go but being able to offer something distinctive and innovative when it comes to cricketing facilities is certainly a real plus.

Whether it’s a cricket square or in a field, on a beach or in a sports hall, a cricket surface you can trust is an argument for quality of practice and value for money. Talking to Head of PE at Sacred Heart School in Battersea, Mark Costin, his school stumped up for a 2G Flicx Match pitch to guarantee a playing surface where the bounce was true.

In his case, the investment was well worth it because it made for consistent junior cricket practice and pushed the better cricketers who no longer had to rely on a makeshift, bobbly football pitch.

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 means we also now play matches against other schools.” – Mark Costin, Head of PE, Sacred Heart School (Battersea).

Mark also makes the valid point that the Last Man Stands format has gone some way to breaking the taboo, and perhaps even snobbery, that we should all play on a grass wicket rather than an artificial pitch. For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch range, read our latest article with Cricket Yorkshire or watch our new video to see for yourself, how the pitch works …

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.

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

How Flicx helped bring cricket to the land of miracles … Israel case study by Herschel Gutman

Israel is known as a land of miracles, and the survival of cricket in the Holy Land must surely rate as one of those miracles. The odds have always been heavily stacked against the game, yet cricket has endured and even flourished despite lacking adequate playing surfaces, equipment and financial backing.

After the British left in 1948, their local successors somehow managed to keep the game going in the fledgling State, though little is documented. On July 23rd, 1974, Israel was accepted as an Associate Member of the International Cricket Conference, now known as the International Cricket Council, with Pakistan the only cricket nation voting against our membership.

Cricket has grown in Israel since the launch of the Junior Development Program. The program received a major boost when two Flicx cricket pitches were delivered to Israel – this ensured that the game had two new playing areas in the middle of the country. This was and still is vital to the future of the game in these parts of the world.

The Flicx products are perfect for the conditions here. After each game, it takes us about 5 minutes to roll the pitch up and move it to our storage room adjacent to the field. We share the field with the Israel Athletic Association and Maccabi Tel Aviv football, so we can not put anything permanent down.

Shesadeh Salamin - part of the Cricket 4 Peace project

Shesadeh Salamin on the right with his new friend from Israel

About 6 years ago, the Israel Cricket Association launched the cricket4peace project and cross border cricket. These projects help to bring the Palestinian youngsters and Israeli youngsters together once a month to learn about each others culture, language and of course cricket. The projects could not have taken place without the help of the UK based Flicx cricket office. Playing in conditions that often resembles a dry sandy desert – we needed a surface that would have a good bounce and be easy to move around. Flicx assisted us with these projects and played a major part in the Israel Cricket Association being awarded the Global ICC spirit of Cricket award and also the European Cricket Spirit of Cricket Award.

In the summer of last year, we purchased two more Flicx surfaces and have spread them around the country – this is the only way that we can play proper cricket without having to spend thousands of dollars.  The pitches are used in all our major adult leagues and is the main reason why we can host the Maccabiah Games every 4 years – without it, we would have no facilities.

“You can not put a price on what the Flicx pitch has done for cricket in Israel – it is without a doubt the best investment that we have made.”

Thank you Flicx! You have been brilliant for us over the last decade. Here is hoping we are able to get more of your pitches down to these parts of the world this next year!

With very many thanks to Herschel Gutman for writing this blog – Herschel used to work for the ICA and picked up ICC Europe coach of the year in 2013. He has now set up his own private coaching business and he has developed a team of coaches to deliver cricket in schools in Israel and their junior program is thriving.

The night league he started is also doing very well with 17 teams. There are more players in this league than the day league so its the perfect format. You can view the site here: http://www.israelnightcricket.com/