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.

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

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

Sports surfacing revolution as the Flicx Netball Court launches

Flicx UK, manufacturers of the 2G Flicx Pitch, have expanded their product range into Netball with the launch of the Flicx Netball court. The launch took place at Sportsfest with England Netball running their training zone on the blue and red portable surface on the iconic Wormsely estate.

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The Flicx Netball surface can be either a portable, roll out solution for events OR as a long term, permanent court solution at clubs and schools with the surface life 8-10 years. It offers players excellent grip and can be used both inside or outside. The court comes in a range of colour options including black, yellow, green, red, blue and black and can be delivered with court markings and branded with any sponsor or school logo.

Speaking about the launch Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin said ” We were delighted to receive excellent feedback at Sportfest on the new Flicx Netball court. Its a sport which is surging in popularity at the moment and we believe this surface will be a popular options for schools looking to upgrade their facilities and also for brands to put on events to engage with a new audience”

“The product like the 2G Flicx Pitch is hugely versatile with many different applications and as a result of the launch at Sportfest we have already been asked to quote two schools for a refurbishments”

Anyone interested in learning more about either hiring or buying a Flicx Netball court should call Flicx UK on 01295 816765 or email Gary Luke on gary@flicx.co.uk

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 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.

9 applications of the world’s most versatile cricket pitch…

We believe that we have created the worlds most versatile cricket pitch.

You can roll it up, move it around, use it for hard or soft ball cricket for adults or children playing inside or outside – on top of a surface or rolled in for a more permanent wicket … the choice is yours and you can be assured (with correct preparation to the undersurface) of a consistency bounce that will enable great performances with both bat and ball. All this versatility and flexability comes at only a fraction of the cost of other artificial surfaces… Take a read below at some of the various applications – our top 9 if you like; then if would like a quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch for your club/ school, simply complete our new QUOTE form

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1.Indoor Cricket

The 2G Flicx Pitch will solving the age old problem of finding a suitable playing surface for indoor cricket. Flicx UK have conducted various trials on sprung floors with excellent results. For an independent view, read Cricket Central’s review (read more)

2. Convert a grass field into a cricket pitch

A popular application is to enable fields which host football or rugby in the winter, to become cricket wickets in the summer just with the addition of a 2G Flicx Pitch

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

3. Convert a 3G rubbercrumb /astro or other artificial into a cricket pitch

In emerging cricketing nations where other artificial pitches maybe accessible, the 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled on top to create a great surface. Read our guest blog by Manik Kuchroo (click here)

 “We now play most of our games on the 2G Flicx pitch and are able to experience cricket as it should be – on a true ground with a true pitch. This experience has helped us improve tremendously over other local teams in the area.” 

4. In the nets

Create a practice area to be proud of or upgrade an existing worn artificial surface for a fraction of the price!

5. As a coaching aid

With bright colours and target tiles, the 2G Flicx Skills or Eagle eyed  pitch (see below) is a great coaching aid for young players to hone their bowling or batting techniques. Develops consistent bowling lengths and allows batsmen to play their shots in confidence.

The Flicx Pitch gets it's first outing at Dore Primary School this afternoon with lots of excited children #cricket

The Flicx Pitch gets it’s first outing at Dore Primary School this afternoon with lots of excited children #cricket

 

6. To increase your junior capacity

If your club is looking to increase its capacity the Flicx Pitch means two junior games can be played on your oval or a second wicket laid to save your main square. Watch our new video to see how!

7. To play cricket anywhere!!

The Flicx Pitch has hosted many extraordinary games over the years – Down a mine, up the worlds two highest mountains and even in the London eye … the possibilities are endless (Read More) … maybe we will get cricket into space one day!

8. For a beach cricket tournament

Promoting the game to a new audience has led some clubs and associations to host beach cricket tournaments. Your Flicx Pitch is perfect and we are excited to be involved in the national beach cricket championships taking place in Cornwall this September! http://www.beachcricketcornwall.org/

9. The official pitch of Cage Cricket

Cage Cricket is dynamic, visual, high octane entertainment fused with the attitude of youth culture and extreme sports. At the Ageas Bowl, their is a permanent cage with a 2G Flicx Pitch specifically designed to match the scoring system!  http://www.cagecricket.com/

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 …