The 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 Mount Everest!
Fast forward to 2016 and Flicx UK are now manufacturing the pitch in the UK. The company has developed its 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. 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.
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:
- 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 (i.e. – 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 provides great flexibility for a school, a point 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. Flicx are proud to help cricket to grow in the UK and all around the world including most 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 best pitch for your needs.