Flooding and Fundraising with a Flicx Pitch : Case Study from Threlkeld CC

Back in June 2012, an overflowing culvert deposited tons of rocks and silt across the playing field at picturesque Threlkeld Cricket Club, near Keswick causing scene’s of devastation much similar to those which we have just witnessed across much of the North West of England with the recent terrible floods.

TCC after

TCC after

When the water subsides its often down to the dedication of volunteers to try and get the club back on its feet and in a position where it can host cricket matches once again. This is often a timely and costly process and for Threlkeld led them to raising £50,000 in an extreme cricket calender whilst they settled their legal dispute over the damage with Cumbria County Council.. The idea had come up during a pub conversation a few weeks after the flood…

Underground Cricket

Underground Cricket

The clubs Flicx Pitch was now the only surface on which they could play on and innovatively they took it to various beautiful locations around the region, playing cricket in some unusual locations such as down a mine which created some wonderful images but also some excellent PR. The versatility and portability of the 2G Flicx Pitch means that is it suitable to use on many surfaces meaning you can train in venues that might not usually host cricket.

Any clubs affected by the recent floods can use the Flicx Pitch to train on perhaps at a local school or on an astroturf facility meaning players can still train whilst the clubs primary facility is being rebuilt. A few years on Michael Webster, Threlkeld CC club treasurer, said:

“I can’t tell you how proud I am that we have gone from staring at a pile of rubble and a feeling of utter distress to picking ourselves up, battling on and reinstating our stunning ground back to the way it should be.”

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Extracts from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33203585

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Underground Cricket on a Flicx Pitch – The Threlkeld CC fundraising story…

In the past few weeks in the midst of an Ashes defeat down under, many of the worlds sporting press have also picked up on the heart warming story of Threlkeld Cricket Club.  Threlkeld Cricket Club is a small village club in Cumbria which has a 1st X1, a midweek side, an U11 and an U13 side.Cricket has been played at Threlkeld for nearly 100 years and until 10 years ago the facilities consisted of a tin shed. After many years of hard work and tireless fundraising, enough money was raised to build a new club house which was runner up in Wisden’s prettiest ground competition.

TCC before

TCC before

In June 2012 after a period of heavy rain a raised culvert filled with gravel and overflowed. Tonnes of gravel, rubble and toxic silt were deposited on large parts of the ground, especially the square. The water course drained old lead mine workings upstream and as a result the silt was laced with lead, arsenic and cadmium. Estimates from the England & Wales Cricket Board suggest this will cost upward of £50,000 to sort out. The club has very limited financial resources and without help Cricket may never be played at Threlkeld again.

TCC after

TCC after

Threlkeld CC and the local community however have responded to the fundraising challenge with great enthusiasm and innovation. The team packed up their whites and went on a search for the most inspiring and extreme wickets the glorious Lake District has to offer. They looked VERY high and VERY low in order to find somewhere to play their unique brand of cricket whilst local photographer Stuart Holmes willingly volunteered to record the antics.

The result is an amazing A3 calendar featuring 12 unique and individual cricketing photos like none you’ve ever seen before, it’s yours for £9.99 (+£2.00 P&P) from the website http://rainstoppedplay.org/ The Flicx Pitch features in a few of these photos with its unique ability to transform any hard surface into a cricket wicket…

Following on from this the team went to new levels when they organised the world’s first underground cricket match which recently took place in a slate mine under a mountain in Cumbria. Again a Flicx Pitch was used and again the media picked up on the unusual story – see below…

Watch game footage and see interviews here:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/first-underground-cricket-match-170529288.html

This isn’t the first time that the Flicx Pitch has taken cricket to places where it has never been played before following games on Everest, The London Eye and Robben Island to name but three. From all the team at Flicx, we wish Threlkeld Cricket Club all the best with their fundraising… The calendar certainly makes a great sporting Christmas present!