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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.”

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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 “pitches up” at the FOBISIA conference in KL

Flicx UK sales manager Gary Luke has just returned from a trip to KL in Malaysia where Flicx UK exhibited for the first time at The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Heads of PE Conference 2015. The event was hosted by Garden International School in KL and by chairman Barnaby Sandow of Jerudong International School in Brunei Darussalam, a school who has recently taken delivery of a 2G Flicx Pitch hence our invite.

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For FOBISIA members looking to introduce cricket into their curriculum the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great solution to any facility issues which the school might have for example no fully maintained cricket square, not enough space etc. A 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled onto existing fields or on an artificial surfaces to add authenticity to pupils cricketing experiences with a good consistent bounce which takes seam and spin. In tropical temperature such as those found in Asia the UV stabilisation added during manufacture means the product has a 10-15 year lifespan thus being a great investment.

Interest was very high at the conference with many schools UK counterparts already benefiting from Flicx products – some orders were placed on the spot with others looking to order ahead of the new season. Flicx hosted a knock about match for delegates and also sponsored the drinks reception at the event which attracted over 60 teachers from British schools in Thailand, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong to name but a few.

One of the Dulwich College pitches at Flicx UK hq before dispatch to Shanhai

One of the Dulwich College pitches at Flicx UK HQ before dispatch to Shanghai

Another existing Flicx Pitch customer who was present, Jamie from Dulwich College International in Shanghai, spoke very highly of the 2G Flicx Pitches as Dulwich enjoyed their first weekend of cricket on a Flicx Pitch just 2 weeks prior to the conference.

FOBISIA members qualify for a discount on all pitches ordered … contact Gary Luke for more information on +44 (0)1295 816765 or email gary@flicx.co.uk

Face Jimmy Anderson on a 2G Flicx Pitch with BatFast’s new cricket simulator

BatFast is the brainchild of high school friends Runish Gudhka and Jignesh Patel. The innovative new company has developed an interactive cricket simulator which allows you to face the pace of Mitchell Johnson to the spin of Shane Warne.  Their mission is to always keep player engagement as the primary focus.

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The BatFast products are all the result of observing and analysing the game and how it is played by club players and top professionals, combined with their technical expertise, and the system is perfect for cricket fan zones, sponsors engagement activities and taking cricket to new audiences which is a key focus for the ECB at the moment.

Unlike a bowling machine, BATFAST cricket simulators allow you to experience the real emotion of being an international batsmen! Their precise technology times the ball release exactly in-sync with the bowling actions of the cricketers you are facing on the screen.  Cameras flashing, crowds cheering, instant replays and post-match interviews as well as opposition sledging ensure this is a truly authentic cricketing experience so naturally Flicx UK were delighted to be approached by Gudhka and his team in terms of selecting a portable pitch which could deliver a consistent bounce on a wide variety of under surfaces.

“As a business, we always realised how important it would be for us to go to cricket fans, rather than them having to come to us.  This meant we designed our simulators for 100% portability.  Having done this, we required a supplier who could provide high quality portable pitches that would replicate a realistic experience.  Working with Flicx was a no brainer due to their outstanding reputation, experience in the marketplace, dedication to quality, affordable prices and impeccable customer service. ”

The time lapse video below shows the BatFast system including their 2G Flicx Eagle eyed pitch being set up whilst feedback so far suggests that the pitch is performing exceptionally well.

“In the test runs we have done so far, the Flicx pitch has been easy to set up, use and pack up.  This is vital as it saves us time and expense which we can pass onto the customer.  In terms of consistency, the Flicx pitch has been really well received by our batters, making batting fun and enjoyable.  Going forward we are confident Flicx pitches will allow our experience to be enjoyed, as it was designed to be.”

BatFast will be available to rent from 1 April 2016 (with advanced bookings and early bird details available)  and Flicx UK marketing manager Kate Costin already sees a lot of opportunities for the simulator system “The great thing about BatFast is that it can be hired and transported anywhere making it equally great to use at cricket matches as in city centres thus allowing sponsors and clubs to market the game to a new audience. Being so interactive, BatFast creates memories by allowing participants to play against the best players in the world which is inspiring for kids and adults like … like the Flicx Pitch it is sure to take cricket to places it has never been played before and we are delighted that they will be playing on a 2G Flicx Pitch”

For more about BatFast and details how to hire the system for your next event, please visit the website http://batfast.com/ or contact them on 0800 689 3137 or info@batfast.com.

Hong Kong Cricket hopes Flicx pitches will boost local game

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

HKCA chooses the 2G Flicx Pitch

HKCA chooses the 2G Flicx Pitch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2G Flicx Pitch arrives in Australia

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

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

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

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

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

The 2G Flicx Pitch September Sale! 10% OFF

Welcome to our September SALE. Save 10% off all products in the 2G Flicx Pitch range this month only in our warehouse clearance end of season sale.

Order your new pitch now for the 2016 season and save 10%

Order your new pitch now for the 2016 season and save 10%

After a busy season for the 2G Flicx Pitch we are offering customers who still want to buy in 2015 a great deal. Order in September and get 10% off (applies to both new and existing quotes) which gives those already looking ahead to the 2016 season a real incentive. In addition, the 2G Flicx Pitches’ great performance indoors means you can buy now and use for your club or schools winter training before using it for a wide range of applications outdoors. Read our 9 applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch blog now to see if the pitch can solve your facility requirements.

To learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch you can either WATCH this short video or call us directly with any questions or queries about its suitability for you. Call Gary Luke on +44 (0)1295 816765 or email gary@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…

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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