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

Novel Sports engineers cricket development in Trinidad & Tobago with Flicx 2G Pitches

Cricket is the number one sport in Trinidad & Tobago with legends of the game such as Brian Lara, Dwayne Bravo and Larry Gomes all heralding from this Caribbean gem of a country with a 1.5 million population. Cricket is played in every school and university on the island, with kids dreaming of playing for the West Indies or of claiming a spot in a Caribbean Premier League teams.

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Despite great support for the sport at a national level, community facilities are still developing with many teams and clubs requiring funding to meeting yearly expenses. Turf pitches and traditional “sand wickets” are accessible but they sometimes carry a high maintenance cost to get the perfect pitch.

Duane Zaheer Lall – Technical Director at Novel Sports, a sports engineering company focused on innovative ways to develop sport on the island, has sought to introduce groundbreaking technologies and sporting solutions to address some of these needs in the region.

Coaching is a major part of their business but they imbed technology such as motion and video analysis to differentiate their services from other providers. Novel Sports has now invested in a 2G Flicx Batting end pitch to help them take cricket to more people on the island, some of whom will have never played the game before at a competitive level. “We chose the 2G Flicx Pitch because it’s a portable solution and means Novel Sports can set up a cricket experience centre at various locations for all to enjoy” said Zaheer. “We have already found that kids are very motivated to play on artificial surfaces such as the Flicx Pitch as it offers a good bounce and spin”

The uniqueness of the Flicx Pitch also helped Zaheer secure funding for its purchase earlier this year, in the form of a sponsorship from New Island Corporation Ltd. Zaheer continues “They were happy to invest in a product that was new and different to what is currently accessible on the island and could take cricket to communities, schools and clubs where facilities are limited.”

In Trinidad, the dry season is from January until June and then the wet season is from July until December. During the wet season turf pitches on the island are mostly water logged and not suitable to play cricket. It is then that the new Novel Sports 2G Flicx batting end will really come into its own and will enable many to enjoy year round practice and training to contribute to the growing success of cricket on the islands.

The photos above of Trinidad’s batting end pitch in use, shows a sand base which was constructed and compacted down with the Flicx rolled over the top. The result was a much improved surface versus coconut matting pervious used so again the value for money element of the pitch was a real draw for Novel sports. It will then be rolled back up and taken around to continue to grow young player enthusiasm for cricket with Zaheer and his team providing a real legacy with plans to grow further and purchase more Flicx Pitches in the coming years. For more on Novel Sports and their business do visit their website http://www.novelsportstt.com/ and/or facebook page www.facebook.com/NovelSports

How the Flicx Pitch is helping to grow the game on Lanzarote

Cricket in Lanzarote is on the up and up … with a wonderful year round climate they get to enjoy a lengthy domestic season as well as hosting their own invitational tournaments and welcoming an ever increasing number of touring teams. It is the 10th Anniversary of cricket on the island this year and that has coincided with the official recognition of cricket as a sport in Spain by the Spanish Government.

The pitch in Puerto Del Carmen

The pitch in Puerto Del Carmen

Initially all playing surfaces were covered in volcanic gravel therefore a length of coconut matting would be laid down to play on however in 2009 the Lanzarote Cricket Association (LCA) brought a new pitch from Flicx UK which is rolled out on an Astroturf. The standard of cricket on the island was transformed instantly. Peter Starmer, from the LCA said they are all indebted to the Flicx Pitch that they have been using for over 5 years now. “It enables us to play cricket in the same environment all year round, and given the understandable lack of grass on the Island, it makes for a fantastic playing surface with the only variable being the weather -will it either be hot or very hot!!”

The Lanzarote season lasts almost 10 months and every game is now played on our Flicx Pitch. This year, the LCA are proudly hosting their 3rd annual international T20 tournament which is held over three days in March, with teams from the UK competing with Lanzarote whilst the prequel to this event is a local franchise based T20 tournament in February followed by a number of games between a first and second representative XI. (Following the success and demand from the March tournament, the island will now be hosting a second T20 International in October). After Easter the 35 over league season starts which runs until August then in September a local club based T20 competition once more in readiness for the arrival of the touring teams takes place with Lanzarote very proud of their near perfect home record, having being beaten only once (in the final of last year’s March T20).

Amongst other LCA activities, they are currently talking to the England and Holland over 40’s about a possible triangular tournament towards the end of the year, have sent their league winners to represent Lanzarote in the Spanish Champions finals in La Manga as well as organising a beach cricket competition on the Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, in the Summer – this event is also played on their Flicx Pitch which is a great testament the products versatility. A youth cricket festival and a street cricket competition in July also forms part of their calendar which serves to promote the sport and they fundraise during the annual Lanzarote Summer Music Festival.

In summary, the Flicx Pitch has been a major force behind the development of cricket on Lanzarote. It enables them to play several games a day and on several consecutive days of the week when the demand arises all without any deterioration in the pitch conditions. The nature of the Flicx product enables the LCA to replicate a much truer bounce than would have otherwise have been possible to achieve on an artificial surface. It is safe to say that they truly appreciate how much the Flicx Pitch has contributed to the development of cricket in Lanzarote and will continue to do so.

Flicx UK announced as an exhibitor for the Cricket Cricket Expo 2015 series

Flicx UK has today confirmed that it will be returning to the Cricket Club Expo series of events in early 2015 which will enable clubs to see and test out the new 2G Flicx Pitch range, which launched at the same events in 2014. The three shows will take place at Lords (7th Feb),  the Newcastle Cricket Centre, home of South Northumberland Cricket Club the North East ECB Premier League Champions (21st Feb)  and finally the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff (7th Mar).

The new 2G product range from Flicx UK has received exceptionally positive reviews in its first year, with significant performance improvements from its predecessor including being less slippery in wet conditions, softer and easier to roll out and with case history of applications on top of a wide range of surfaces. It is also now UK made which has reduced the lead times considerably whilst prices are held for 2015.

CCE 2014

CCE 2014

Suitable for both hand and soft ball cricket and with improved seam and spin performance, the Flicx Pitch comes in a range of colours and designs including great coaching pitches plus also can be branded with your sponsors logo which gives them great exposure and another benefit to them supporting your club. Come along to the Cricket Club Expo events and see for yourself the 2G Flicx Pitch difference and speak to our expert advisor’s to help you decide which pitch is the right product for your club and how to install and maintain it correctly. Please click the CCE logo link above to register for your nearest CCE or contact us with any questions which you may have on the product itself or if you are after a quote.

You can get in touch with the Flicx UK team via any of the following …

Email – contact Gary Luke in the first instance gary@flicx.co.uk

Social Media – you can find us on Twitter @FlicxPitch , Facebook and now Instagram too

In its first year, the 2G Flicx Pitch gets a big thumbs up

The 2G Flicx Pitch has been universally acclaimed in its first season. The new 2G surface which is now UK made has much improved performance from the original pitch being less slippery when wet and softer / easier to roll out. For the non traditionalists the tiles are available in a range of colours but the benefits don’t stop at its appearance as coloured tiles and markings can be used to improve a batsman’s decision making or develop a bowlers consistency in line and length. For Indoor Cricket, we believe we can solve the age old problem of finding a suitable playing surface for indoor cricket. Trials on sprung floors have given excellent results in addition to it already being used in indoor leagues by organisations such as the Lancashire Cricket Board and now on top of 3G rubbercrumb at Inside Football.

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The pitch has been part of a successful world record attempt with Mt Kili Madness and helped Littletown complete its transformation back to a thriving club in our Pitch for a Pitch competition with The Cricketer Magazine. In addition, cricketing legends Andrew Strauss and Matthew Hoggard were bowled over by it at Sportsfest and who could forget the Gnome cricket pitch!

In terms of feedback and testimonials – they have been highly positive with orders already being placed for the 2015 season. If you need further information or would like a demo then please do contact us

“Flicx have created a cricket wicket more true than any other artificial any of us have played on. Favouring neither batsmen nor bowlers, this is an excellent piece of kit which will help youngsters develop their cricket and adults hone their skills – highly recommended for any club.”

“Flicx UK are a very professional organisation to deal with, very flexible and always being willing to accommodate our specific needs. The Flicx 2G pitches themselves area great product that are a useful practice tool for both batters and bowlers in a range of different environments. They are also very flexible too and we plan to use them as a match surface for some of our younger age groups saving on the time and cost of pitch preparation”

“Our new Flicx was superb, (thank you very much for eveyone´s efforts in getting it to us so promptly), we would not have done the competition without it and offered a splendid true and even playing surface, allowing some outstanding performances with both bat and ball.”

Flicx Pitch used by cricketing legends at SportFest

Flicx UK were delighted to be involved in SportFest recently, where a new 2G skills pitch was set up and available for general use in the cricket zone which was run by Mark Garroway, Director of Cricket Coaching at Millfield School. Held annually, SportFest is a celebration of family fun and sport. Families camp out in the beautiful Wormsley estate and enjoy coaching from sporting legends, music, great food and competitions in a relaxed festival environment.

This year the event was a sell out and Cricket stars including Andrew Strauss, Paul Nixon and Matthew Hoggard were all heavily involved in the coaching program and are pictured below batting on the new 2G Flicx Pitch whilst giving out some top tips. The Flicx 2G pitch is a versatile, portable product that is available in a range of sizes for a whole host of applications including for junior club cricket matches, indoor cricket, to convert any existing sports field into a cricket pitch or even as a superb surface to play on in your garden in a home academy system which includes nets and a bowling machine (as pictured)

For more information about 2G Flicx Pitches please take a look at the website www.flicx.co.uk 

Beach Cricket on the new 2G Flicx Pitch

To celebrate the Scarborough Cricket Festival, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation hosted the inaugural Beach Cricket Tournament on South Bay Beach in front of the iconic Scarborough Spa with 6 under 11 junior cricket teams taking part in the event over 2 days. Flicx UK loaned the YCF a new 2G Flicx Skills pitch for the duration of the competition.

Wednesday 13th August saw Wykeham take on Snainton & Hesleton, with play scheduled to start at 10am. However, after an extraordinarily high tide caused by a ‘super moon’, play was delayed to allow the tide out enough to get play under way. Luckily enough, the 2G Flicx pitch drained exceptionally well and the match was able to get under way just 30 minutes late! After some excellent cricket, Whykham overcame their opponents to claim the victory.

Thursday 14th August brought together Scalby, Seamer, Duncombe Park and Flixton cricket clubs, all vying for triumph. Cloudy skies and the odd shower couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the participants; as the round robin tournament progressed Seamer and Flixton under 11s emerged as the 2 teams to beat and the final match of the afternoon saw the 2 meet in a winner takes all encounter that saw Seamer CC take the win in style and celebrate by running into the ocean!

The winners from each day and their coach were delighted to receive 2 pair of tickets each for next year’s test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley. All other competitors and their coaches received a pair of tickets to watch a Yorkshire match of their choosing in the 2015 season as well as the opportunity to come to Scarborough to watch day 1 of the Yorkshire v Sussex match.

The engagement and enthusiasm from all the participants made the tournament a massive success and we look forward to coming back next year with an even bigger and better event! said Nick Robinson   Project Officer – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation… Thanks again for letting us use the pitch for the beach cricket tournament. It worked fantastically and was commented on by many of the coaches very positively. 

Flicx UK donates a pitch to the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation

The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation was formed in August 2011 to build and manage, on a not-for-profit basis, the first dedicated international cricket ground in Rwanda. The charity is run by a team of cricket enthusiasts from the UK and Rwanda, in partnership with the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation

RCSF.org.uk

RCSF.org.uk

Development of a 4.5 hectare site on the edge of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, is due to begin in October 2014. From there, the Rwanda Cricket Association can continue their excellent progress in developing the game in schools and universities as well as amongst Rwanda’s most disadvantaged young people.

After hearing about the project Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin decided to help. “I started Flicx so as to give the youngsters  of South Africa, after the apartheid era, a level playing field. A playing field without racial, social and economic inequalities where here kids could have fun no matter their background. It is clear that by playing a game of cricket that these kids develop a willingness to strive to improve and a passion to win so we are delighted to help by providing a pitch to the stadium project”. These  thoughts were echoed by  Jonathan Agnew, Former England Test Cricketer and Host of BBC Radio Test Match Special who is involved in the fundraising efforts saying “Given Rwanda’s troubled past, I am sure cricket can play a strong role in bringing the people of Rwanda together.”

Flicx will donate a full match pitch to RCSF which will provide a high quality, versatile surface for cricket in the country. In such a hot climate, where it is understandably difficult to maintain a cricket wicket, the Flicx Pitch will allow a great standard of match to take place with the batsmen able to play their shots with confidence whilst still taking seam and spin for the bowlers. It will also be possible for the team to roll up the pitch and take it round the country to inspire more people to play the game as a means to overcoming recent conflicts.

Said Heather Knight, England women’s cricket rising star and RCSW patron who visited Rwanda in February 2014 to coach the women’s players and support the work of the RCSF. “It great news that Flicx have kindly donated some of your pitches to Rwanda. Thanks so much! They will be put to great use out there I’m sure”

As part of the fundraising efforts,Wormsely will host a  BRIAN LARA INVITATIONAL XI VS WARWICKSHIRE 1990S XI on the 14th September in a match that will feature some high profile former stars including Andrew Strauss, Paul Nixon Ashley Giles, Clare Connor and Brian Lara himself. Flicx will be supporting that event too so keep following our blog for all the latest news on the RCSF project which is one of the beneficiaries of the Mt Kili Madness climb.

Chris Rushworth Goes Dry – Online Auction on Cricket World

Chris Rushworth who officially opened the 2G Flicx Pitch at Littletown CC after they won the national competition “Pitch for a Pitch” is continuing his fundraising efforts which includes him being dry for the entire year. As part of the opening day celebrations a charity raffled raised £100 for Chris’ two chosen charities, the PCA and Save the Children.

To raise more money for both Save The Children and the PCA Benevolent Fund, Chris has set up an online auction where you could win some exclusive prizes – browse through the gallery on the Cricket World website for a closer look.

  •  Signed picture of Paul Gascoigne – current highest bid = £50
  • Picture signed by Alastair Cook and AB de Villiers (2012 Test series) – current highest bid = £50
  • Signed and framed England shirt from the 2011 ODI series against India – current highest bid = £100
  • Signed Birmingham City FC shirt from 2013/14 season – current highest bid = £10
  • Signed Virender Sehwag India ODI shirt – current highest bid = £20

To bid, simply enter your details in the form on the Cricket World website, specify which item you are bidding on and make your bid. The page will be updated with details of the current highest bid for each item as the auction progresses.

If you simply want to donate to Save the Children UK click here http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Rushworth2 to the PCA Benevolent Fund click here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/chrisdry2014

– See more at: http://www.cricketworld.com/chris-rushworth-goes-dry-online-auction/38137.htm#sthash.362TRXeZ.dpuf

2G Flicx Pitch at Littletown CC is officially opened by Durham cricketer Chris Rushworth

Littletown CC under 11’s played the first ever game on the clubs new 2G Flicx Pitch on Saturday and put in a performance to match beating Etherley, under the watchful eye of Durham’s Chris Rushworth who had earlier cut the ribbon and officially opened the new pitch which was the clubs prize for winning a nationwide competition run in the Cricketer Magazine.

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The cricketing fun day included a Q+A with Chris, a BBQ and lots of Crazy Catch games as well as a fundraising raffle which raised over £100 for Chris’ “Dry 2014” challenge in aid of Save the Children. A great day was had by all and the cricket on the new 2G Flicx wicket was to a very high standard with the Littletown juniors pulling our all the stops in a fine batting display, in their first ever win!

Speaking about their prize from Flicx UK, Edd Finn the Littletown CC Chairman said “The Flicx 2G pitch has given our teams the chance to regularly practice on our square without the worry of cutting up our wickets, whilst also offering genuine bounce and pitch movements that a grass pitch would offer. It has enabled us to play junior games when our grass pitches have been too damp and has produced good sensible bounce that has enabled a well contested game to be carried out.”

Littletown CC has been transformed recently from an “overgrown wasteland” into a “field of dream” and the club has further ambitious plans to redevelop and extend the pavilion in the next few years. With a great community spirit and some passionate volunteers – we are certain that Littletown are destined for a big future. Our event video will be released soon, in the meantime please do check out our photo gallery below

For more information about Flicx Pitches, visit the website at www.flicx.co.uk whilst to follow the fortunes of Littletown visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/littletowncc/ – or find us both on Twitter and Facebook