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

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

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

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

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

Backyard Cricket at the Mitchells

Backyard Cricket at the Mitchells

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

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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.

Flicx UK and Roland Plastics seal new sports surface deal

Roland Plastics, an established family run plastics moulding business with vast experience the flooring market , now manufacture and supply Flicx UK with the Tecnotile for exclusive use in the new 2G Flicx range of cricket pitches, now in their second year of production. Roland Plastics specialises in the supply of precision engineered injection mouldings and assemblies in a wide range of thermoplastic materials, produced by state of the art machines.

Roland Plastics logo

Roland Plastics logo

 

The new 2G Flicx Pitch surface has already shown an improved performance, increased bounce and ease of handling with great feedback on the new brand from clubs and schools around the world. Manufacturing through Roland Plastics in the UK now gives us a further flexibility and allows us to supply our customers with a far shorter lead times. In addition the cushioned properties of the 2G Flicx Pitch provide players with excellent foot grip which prevents fatigue and injuries which can be caused when playing on hard surfaces.

Product features

  • 5 years UV stabilisation at 80 Kilolangleys
  • Can support vehicles of up to 2,000kg on a firm surface
  • Fire Rating – Tested to B2 4790:1987, BS6307:1982 and BS476 part 13
  • Meets Sports Council Draft “Specification for Artificial Sports Surfaces
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Designed to withstand global weather extremes

“We are pleased to be associated with an experienced company such as Roland Plastics “ says Richard Beghin, Managing Director at Flicx UK “ UK manufacture brings in many benefits to our brand besides the product being further advanced over the original Flicx Pitch which was developed in South Africa. The partnership created between the two companies is very promising in terms of future developments in the 2G Flicx Pitch range and also gives us the option of developing other sports flooring solutions for the likes of Netball”

Time is running out on our 2G Flicx Pitch early bird offer … get your 10% discount now!

UK cricket clubs only have just over a week left to take advantage of our early bird offer, saving you 10% off the whole 2G Flicx Pitch range. We are just moving into our busiest buying period so if your club is interested, we would recommend getting in touch for a quote as soon as you can. The 10% early bird deal will end on Tuesday 31st March 2015.

Our early bird deal ends on the 31st March 2015

Our early bird deal ends on the 31st March 2015

On our core product, the 2G Flicx Match pitch, a 10% saving would relate to a saving of £300 so certainly well worth having! The 10% discount is also available on our skills and eagle eyed pitches as well as small sized products such as our batting ends. All products are now made from our 2G tiles which are much softer so provide more grip and improved bounce plus better seam and spin performance versus its predecessor. More on the benefits of 2G

The biggest benefit according to feedback to date, is the products great versatility which gives great value for money to the investment … it can be used successfully both indoors during the winter, then taken outdoors in the summer season rolled out on grass or 3G / astroturf pitches. Many clubs use the product to reduce pressure on their main square by holding junior practice on their 2G Flicx pitch to increase their capacity and grow the game locally. A full review of possible applications and case studies for each are available to view on our new website see http://www.flicx.co.uk/2g-case-studies/

We are also getting an increasing numbers of orders from schools, academies and universities with coaching designs available to support the development of various bowling and batting techniques in younger players. With the pitches now being UK made, our lead times have been much reduced which means you could be playing on your new pitch in no time at all. Get in touch with Gary Luke on 01295 816765 for more information or email gary@flicx.co.uk for a quote.

Anyone who also came along to the Cricket Club Expo series of shows at Lords, Newcastle and Cardiff – will also benefit from a free set of 2G branded “Pimp my Stumps” as well as the 10% discount, again if ordered before the 31st March.

Final stop – Cardiff’s SWALEC stadium for the final Cricket Club Expo this Saturday

The final Cricket Club Expo show see’s us arrive at this renowned International Cricket venue SWALEC stadium on the 7th March 2015. The facilities include a cafe serving refreshments all day with our exhibitors and the Wales Cricket Board featuring in the Indoor Cricket Centre with the 2G Flicx Pitch available for demonstrations.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is the second generation product from Flicx UK and is a hugely versatile cricket surface which can be used both indoors and outdoors. The performance of the pitch has received rave reviews from clubs who brought last season with performance benefits 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. To kick off this season we have a great offer for clubs with our 10% early bird deal* PLUS a free set of Pimp My Stumps for any club who visit the CCE shows and goes onto buy a pitch.

Pimp my Stumps eshot

Save 10% (before the 31st March) and get a free set of stumps if you visit our stand at Cricket Club Expo on the 7th March in Cardiff

 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend CCE, from players, committee members, coaches, volunteers or simply followers of the game, but all visitors must pre-register online click here.

* 10% discount available on UK direct sales only

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

Email – contact Gary Luke in the first instance gary@flicx.co.uk for information/ prices on the 2G Flicx Pitch or we are on various Social Media platforms – you can find us on Twitter @FlicxPitch , Facebook and nowInstagram too

The early bird … gets a 10% discount off 2G Flicx Pitches (until 31st March)

Good news for all cricket clubs and schools ahead of the new season has been announced today by the Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin with the launch of an early bird deal on all 2G Flicx Pitches purchased before 31st March 2015.

Is your club looking to improve its facilities this season?

Is your club looking to improve its facilities this season?

“We delighted to  go into what is now our second season with the 2G Flicx Pitch-  The new pitch has shown it is so much more versatile than its predecessor. The biggest development of all is that it can be used safely and successfully indoors-  thus making it a truly adaptable cricket pitch that can be used in both summer and winter.”

The discount deal coincides with the first Cricket Club Expo event taking place at Lord’s this Saturday where the pitch will be available for demo by visiting clubs. Feedback on the 2G Flicx Pitch which launched at the same series of events last year has been hugely positive with the key benefit being the versatility of the product which can be used both indoors and outdoors. The pitch is now manufactured in the UK which has cut down the delivery time quite considerably and you can bespoke your pitch with the addition of a sponsors logo or your choice of colours & design.

The performance benefits are there for both batters and bowlers to experience with a consistent bounce that supports both seam and spin bowling whilst the batters can play their shots in confidence. Popular applications remain using your Flicx Pitch to increase your junior capacity, to protect your main crease from overuse, to transform a field, astro or 3G pitch into a cricket facility or just wild and wacky games such as the Guinness World Record Breaking match which took place at the top of Mt Kilimanjaro.

As well as seeing the pitch for yourself at the three cricket expo events coming up in the next few weeks (register for free entry at http://www.cricketclubexpo.com ) , you can also read a number of testimonials on our website (www.flicx.co.uk) and blog or by connecting with us on social media.

To take advantage of the 10% early bird discount which is available on all UK orders made direct with Flicx UK before 31st March 2015 simply contact us for a quote or possible demonstration. Call us on 01295 816765 or call Gary on 01295 816765

The benefits of the new 2G Flicx surface

All Flicx Pitches for the 2014/15 season will be made from our new and improved 2G material and are now manufactured in the UK.

2G Flicx Skills Pitch

2G Flicx Skills Pitch

Benefits of the new surface include…

• Improved ball bounce
• Better seam and spin performance
• Reduction in the surface slipperiness when wet
• New designs to support coaching of batting and bowling
• Brighter colours
• Made to order – bespoke your own pitch colours to suit your clubs requirements / brand
• Easy to work with
• Softer when rolling out

The 2G Flicx Pitch is available in various standard sizes or can be made bespoke to order. For more information see our products page

Bespoke Flicx Pitch for Cage Cricket is launched

 

Yesterday at Bagshot Cricket Club, Flicx UK and Cage Cricket launched a new Flicx pitch designed exclusively for use in Cage Cricket at the #BossOfBeef Beefeater event with Sir Ian Botham. The colorful new design was rolled out and competition winners were able to play Cage Cricket, a new urban sport movement open to all.  Cage Cricket see’s 6 players enter the arena with each player spending an over in each zone which means every batsmen faces the same amount of balls, and each player for 1 over. Points are awarded for hitting the ball into each zone with fielders and bowlers also scoring points for catches and wickets taken. Easy and quick to play and great fun, it is easy to see why legends of the game, such as “Beefy” and Shane Warne have given it their backing and support.

Flicx UK are delighted to have designed a new portable pitch exclusively for Cage Cricket which was debuted at the Beefeater corporate event for scratchcard prize winning customers. The pitch is 2/3rds grey to 1/3 white and will be further developed in the future too with the addition of further color and containing the Cage Cricket logo. The pitch performed very well with a fantastic bounce and great feedback leading to some exciting cricket being played. The pitch will soon be available to Cage Cricket customers who need a new surface on which to play. Why not take a look at the video below to see the pitch being rolled out at Bagshot and a practice delivery (with an unexpected visitor!)

After the match, Sir Ian Botham and former England international Alex Tudor and Dean Headley presented prizes before youngster from Bagshot CC enjoyed a game in the Cage too. Flicx UK  look forward to supporting the development of Cage Cricket in the coming months – what a fantastic concept for getting new players into cricket and perfect for schools and for transforming existing MUGA’s into a cricket arena to get more people active.

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For more information on Cage Cricket do visit their website http://www.cagecricket.com/