#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

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.

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.”

ICC Academy 2

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 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…

https://video.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xtp1/v/t43.1792-2/11746116_10153495124069383_1906681216_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjE1MDAsInJsYSI6Mzc0Mn0%3D&rl=1500&vabr=637&oh=68e7340a8cfb95b3a47453ed3ee16e35&oe=55D47352

https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassylondon/albums/72157657173621442

Beach Cricket “fun in the sun” with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

Flicx UK loaned a 2G Flicx skills pitch to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation for the second year in a row to support their Beach Cricket Festival. 9 teams took part in the summer extravaganza on Scarborough Beach and organiser Nick Robinson was quietly thrilled by the tournament: “We’d like to grow it to the point of having another pitch – we had lots of interest from people on the beach asking if their son could join in, and we had plenty of clubs who didn’t register in time. We want to raise the profile of Yorkshire cricket, but the biggest emphasis is on having a good time.”

The tournament, now in its second year has been a very successful addition to the iconic Scarborough Cricket festival. The primary aim, to give children from local communities and beyond, the opportunity to play a round robin cricket competition by the sea, followed by the chance to watch their heroes play at Scarborough later in the week.

The guardian newspaper picked up on the story with the great slant on how this innovative form of the game could be developed further by the ECB says new chief executive Tom Harrison “We are looking at more informal ways of playing cricket, for example beach cricket during the summer holidays, backyard cricket (if you are lucky enough to have one), cricket in the street, car park, whatever,” Harrison says. “The idea is to strip the idea of privilege and get cricket back to a bat and ball. If we connect in this way then our very multicultural society has more chance of connecting with the game.

“It needs more fleshing out but we are working with Chance to Shine to make this something more than another ECB campaign and more of a philosophy of how we want to pitch the game to a far broader audience.”

Beach cricket is another string to the bow of the 2G Flicx Pitch which is carving a reputation for being the most versatile cricket pitch on the market. “Its low maintenance, portable, roll out roll up nature means that its perfect for taking cricket to places it has never been played before says Flicx UK’s marketing manager Kate Costin. Case studies of other applications can be found on the flicx.co.uk website or by watching this video

  • Read the full guardian article here 
  • Read the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation article here

Legends coach on the 2G Flicx Pitches at Sportfest 2015

Cricketing legends including Ashes winners Andrew Strauss, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard all provided some expert coaching in the cricket zone at Sportfest 2015, a fantastic celebration of sport and families held annually at Wormsley.

The cricket nets were filled with 2G Flicx Pitches of various designs with different activities in each net including Pitch Vision and a bowling machine. The legends which also included Paul Nixon, Phil DeFreitas , Nick Compton and Mark Garaway the lead organiser.


The 2G Flicx Pitch is proving hugely popular since its launch last year main due to its huge versatility with so many different applications to help clubs solve their facility problems and colourful designs to attract new players to the game. We returned to Vitality Sportfest with even more 2G skills pitches this year which the legends then used to inspire and develop the young players at the event. Pitch Vision added their expert analysis and technology in one net too make it a weekend to remember … then over at our stand, we had our new Freestyle Tennis court where this new game fielding was a big hit using the Crazy Catch handheld product, the Freestyle. We cant wait for next year already!

Flicx Pitch a big hit on Bute

Pupils from all three Bute primary schools took part in a Kwik Cricket match in Rothesay this week to round off six weeks of coaching by the island’s cricket club.

Indian Tour 047

Bute primary pupils in ‘Kwik Cricket’ contest

Richard Beghin, managing director of Banbury-based Flicx UK, was guest of honour as children from Rothesay, St Andrew’s and North Bute primaries took to a shortened version of the 2G Flicx pitch to play a competitive match following six weeks of coaching from Bute County Cricket Club’s Alan Peacock.

Flicx UK presented cricket t-shirts to the players who arrived for the game at The Meadows, and Richard gave out medals to all players after the 50 minute game which was won by Rothesay B, made up of Rothesay and St Andrew’s pupils.

Starting with a score of 200, Rothesay B finished on 221 after six overs, whereas their rivals, Rothesay A – made up of pupils from Rothseay and North Bute primaries – scored 207.

Bute 2

Match action on the 2G Flicx Pitch on Bute

After the schools competition, Bute CC hosted Clydesdale side Cavaliers but at The Meadows in the Sri Lankan themed match the home team took what can only be described as a 102 run hiding. Bute selected the 2G Flicx Pitch for its all weather capabilities and so even a rain shower, doesn’t stop play on this picturesque cricketing island.

 

Flicx UK support Bute’s cricket development programme in schools

Bute cricket club’s youth development programme gets into full swing this month with competitions involving all three primary schools.

The first in a series of events takes place at the Port Bannatyne Gala with the opening rounds of the schools Kwik Cricket Tournament for Primary 6 and 7 classes sponsored by Flicx UK, suppliers of the club’s all weather surface, which will be rolled out for the event.

Bute CC's new 2G Flicx Pitch

Bute CC’s new 2G Flicx Pitch

 The Bute club’s coach Alan Peacock has been running a training programme in the primary schools since April and has put together squads of ten from each school. “All schools have made great progress and if we get some decent weather on Sunday I am confident we’ll get some good games and the teams are too close to call,” he said.
The Gala Day matches form the first part of the tournament, with the finals and trophy winners to be decided on Saturday, June 20 at The Meadows, Rothesay prior to Bute Cricket Club’s Sri Lankan themed match against the Cavaliers.

As well as helping to develop cricket in primary schools the club has been working towards forming educational and cultural links between the island’s primary school children and their counterparts in Sri Lanka.

The initiative to form a bond between the two communities follows the decision by the former Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakarra to become Bute Cricket’s first associate member.

The Bute children have been encouraged to write letters to Sri Lankan children, produce drawings to illustrate their lives on the island and design a ‘Children’s Flag for Bute’.

The project is being sponsored by specialist holiday company Experience Travel Group who has provided the schools with posters and online travel videos to give the children an overview of life in Sri Lanka.

The closing date for the Flag Competition is Thursday, June 18, and the judging and prize giving will take place after the Kwik Cricket presentations on the Saturday.

Bute Cricket’s Barbara Lloyd, who has organised the Schools Sri Lankan project said: “The head teachers at all three Bute primary schools have been very supportive of the idea which fits in well with the children’s Global Citizenship studies.

“We’re hoping as many of the children and their parents will come along to see their work on display and at the same time support the Kwik cricket matches.”

Although the cricket competition is limited to P6 and P7 pupils, the flag design competition is open to all age groups.

After the exhibition of drawings and letters, all the children’s work will then be forwarded on to a Sri Lankan school with the help of Experience Travel Group.

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