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Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation Partners with Flicx UK to support cricket pitch challenges

Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation (GCF) is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Flicx UK who developed the world’s most versatile, portable roll out cricket wicket back in 1999. This collaboration aims to bring their revolutionary 2G Flicx Pitch to more clubs and schools across Gloucestershire with the potential to transform the way cricket is played and developed.

The 2G Flicx Pitch allows clubs and schools to optimise their playing space and significantly increase cricketing opportunities which especially helps clubs experiencing big growth in participation. What also sets the 2G Flicx Pitch apart is its ability to save time and money on ground preparation, making it an invaluable asset for any cricketing organisation.

In recent years the 2G Flicx Pitch has become increasingly popular with grounds under more pressure to accommodate more games of cricket. This has stretched grounds people to produce more pitches when they have less opportunities to get on the square to do the work. The 2G Flicx Pitch has a wide range of applications but the most popular sees the two half pitch batting ends placed on existing grass outfields to enable multiple junior games to take place simultaneously. The 2G Flicx Pitch also provides additional net space for training.

Neil Stacey, from Kingswood Village Cricket Club who purchased a 2G Flicx Skills Batting end at the start of the 2023 season, shared his experience, stating, “It was the move into hard ball youth league cricket that prompted us to look at a 2G Flicx pitch. We had bought a ‘pop up’ net which we wanted to use on our square, but we also wanted to take pressure off the square, reduce wear and tear and ensure a truer safer bounce so the Flicx is rolled on top to protect it.

We think the pitch has been a huge success, it’s given us a great deal of flexibility, is very easy to put out and bring back in again and has played really well (good bounce and carry).”

Neil Stacey – KVCC Chairman

The 2G Flicx Pitch has earned praise for its performance and versatility, proving to be a powerful tool for player development. Owen Dawkins, who coaches at Tocklington School and Thornbury CC who joined forces to purchase a 2G Flicx Multi Age Pitch in 2021 commented, “The 2G Flicx Pitch has the performance and versatility to develop players of all ability levels and the investment in a pitch pays back very quickly in terms of increased members, more matches, and more people at the ground so more revenue back in the club. It ticks all the boxes!”

With the huge increase in opportunities for girls and women’s cricket in recent years, another local customer is Redmaids’ High School “With cricket being played competitively across multiple teams in each age-group, the 2G Flicx Pitch gives Redmaids’ much needed extra capacity. Whilst one game is taking place on the turf wicket, another can be hosted on 2G Flicx Pitch” says Simon Hodges who also points to how the pitch is used as an invaluable learning tool to help girls transition to hard ball cricket.

Steve Silk, CEO of Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation, expressed his enthusiasm for this new partnership, stating,

“The 2G Flicx Pitch aligns perfectly with our mission to promote and develop cricket across Gloucestershire. Its versatility and performance benefits will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our network of clubs and schools. We are excited about the opportunities it will create for our young and aspiring cricketers.”

Steve Silk, Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation

The benefits of the 2G Flicx Pitch are clear: increased playing opportunities, reduced wear and tear on existing pitches, a great way to create new cricket facilities and open up new venues for cricket, all whilst being a very cost-effective solution. This exciting partnership between Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation and Flicx UK promises to be of great benefit for cricket in the region with Flicx UK also committed to supporting GCF programmes and events.

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch and how it can benefit your club or school, please visit Flicx UK’s website www.flicx.com

About Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation: The Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation is a charity set up to provide all people with the opportunities to play and be involved in cricket.  The GCF aims to improve people’s lives through the power of cricket. Growing the sport through communities, clubs and schools and are committed to developing people.

About Flicx UK: Flicx UK is a leading provider of innovative cricket pitch solutions, including the renowned 2G Flicx Pitch. With a commitment to enhancing cricketing experiences, Flicx UK’s products are designed to improve playing surfaces, increase accessibility, and ultimately, help grow the sport of cricket.

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