Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sale Sharks pre-season training with Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch were delighted to travel to Carrington training base earlier this month to work with Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Sale Sharks as their pre-season got into full swing. This video was created in partnership with Centurion Rugby who retail the Crazy Catch and supply Sale Sharks with training equipment.

The Crazy Catch was first associated with Rugby in the lead up to the 2003 World Cup where Sir Clive Woodward used innovative training methods to turn England into World Cup winners. This included using Dr Sherylle Calder, a vision and eye specialist to improve players vision. Calder used the Crazy Catch as a tool to improve eye tracking and peripheral vision and has subsequently worked with other leading sports stars to give them an edge including Ernie Els, the 2012 British Open Winner.

Now Rugby clubs are using the Crazy Catch to improve their reactions, hand eye co-ordination and also specific rugby skills such as handling, picking up a loose ball and you can see in the video above how fun training can be with the Ultimate Rebound Net. We are now getting lots of interest from professional rugby clubs and are supporting Leicester Tigers community roadshows and have recently supplied Connacht Rugby with a number of units to support their training programme for the new season. To see the Crazy Catch range and prices at Centurion Rugby click here

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England’s fielding edge (The Sky Sports fielding masterclass)

England’s 2-0 lead in the Ashes has been a fantastic watch. As well as top class knocks from the likes of Ian Bell and Joe Root, much of England’s success so far has been put down to their superior fielding skills which was once seen as their major downfall. Much credit here goes to specialist fielding coach Richard Halsall whose role was highlighted in this recent Guardian article. The piece tells of the work he does with the players which is attributed as a major reason why Alastair Cook’s side have now been consistently ranked among the world’s best.

The England squad have been using the Crazy Catch for a number of years now but more recently the new handheld Crazy Catch Freestyle has been an important part of their pre match warm up’s as it allows players to practice their short distance catching eg man of the moment Joe Root at Silly mid on/off.

Joe Rooooooooooot and the Crazy Catch Freestyle

Joe Rooooooooooot and the Crazy Catch Freestyle

Sky Sports viewers might have also seen the fielding masterclass on Saturday which was filmed whilst the players were warming up. Ian Ward was joined by Nasser Hussain, Shane Warne and Andrew Strauss as they outlined how Crazy Catch rebound nets are used to improve reactions through repetition slip catching drills. The practice is obviously paying off for England as they continue to pile the pressure on the Aussie top order… Take a look at the Sky piece below…

The Crazy Catch classic range for cricket is suitable for players of all ages and abilities and is available to buy from all good cricketing retailers including at the Home of Cricket itself at the Lords Shop.

Crazy Catch Classic Range

Crazy Catch Classic Range

Practice makes perfect! – INR (Activate Sport) Video

Need something to keep the kids entertained this summer?? Why not book them onto one of the fantastic Activate Sport camps such as the International Netball Roadshow… Crazy Catch is used in many of the camps, as a training aid to improve your catching and reactions…


The International Netball Roadshow runs nationwide netball coaching courses for both girls and boys aged 7 to 16 years of age. Every course’s coaching is led and directed on at least one day by one of our lead coaches: Former England captain’s Tracey Neville, Karen Atkinson and Olivia Murphy, or one of the current stars of the national team, Serena Guthrie, Sara Bayman, Sasha Corbin or Jo Harten. Serena headed up the Easter session in Berkhamstead featured on our video and commented “It’s a really innovative way for young girls to actually learn how to catch”

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Crazy Catch is available to buy through the Activate Sport website and practicing your skills at home is a great way to take your netball to the next level. We would recommend the Double  Trouble range for netball which has 2 INSANE sides- one side for a small ball, the other with a larger ball – Buy now with Activate Sport

8 Orphaned and Vulnerable South African Teens on the Mont Blanc!

Please take a look at this and donate if you can…

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Children of the Dawn is a public benefit organisation caring for over 820 rural orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa, including 360 teenagers.

Children of the Dawn has recently been using the sport of hiking and the world of mountaineering. 360 rural teens have been participating in 36 hikes around South Africa, gaining fitness, self-confidence and a better understanding on how to persevere. Our programme allows young people to develop inner strength, achieve goals beyond self-imposed limits, and also shows success in improving their mental health.

These hikes led to the selection of 8 rural orphaned and vulnerable teenagers who will take the trip of a lifetime to hike around the Mont Blanc in July 2013. We are creating a New Dawn on Mont Blanc for our beneficiaries.  A New Dawn on Mont Blanc has received the label “South African Season in France” (  So far Children of the…

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Great catches at Wimbledon by the ball boys and girls

Like most of the country, team Crazy Catch were glued to the tennis these past two weeks and you can never fail to be impressed by the professionalism of the ball boys and girls at Wimbledon.

They go through hours and hours of training to be ready to go under the radar at the biggest tournament in tennis, just going about their work quietly, smartly and professionally. However sometimes their catching skills and reactions shine through… these two videos show their fantastic work this year! Obviously they have been training with Crazy Catch…

Raonic v Berlocq

Janowicz v Murray

Highly Commended in the Inaugural Sports Trade Awards

Flicx UK are delighted to announce that the Crazy Catch Freestyle was awarded “Highly Commended” (runner up) in the “Most Innovative Product” category at the Inaugural Sports Trade Awards last night at the Four Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire.


Frank van Wezel wins Lifetime Achievement

In the Most Innovative Product category, out of 5 finalists shortlist from all the nominations, the new handheld rebound reaction trainer, the Crazy Catch Freestyle was just pipped to the title by Aftershokz – Open Ear Sport Headphones. Other notable winners included Crazy Catch retailers Activ Instinct who won Best Online Retailer.

The Sports Trade Awards saw over 170 members of the industry celebrate award-winning products, people, retailers and services. Despite untypically British sweltering conditions, there was an electric atmosphere off the back of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon success, as the trade waited with baited breath to find out who had won in each category, with a voting process in which over 700 individuals had their say.

Further Information – The Sports Trade celebrates at inaugural Sports Awards! – Read the full list of 2013 Award winners and runners up (Click Here) or take a look at the official event photo’s here on Flickr (Click Here)

NI GK Academy and Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch are delighted to be working alongside Northern Ireland’s ONLY Professional Goalkeeping Academy & Development Programme, the NIGK Academy.

Richard Beghin and the NI GK Academy team

Richard Beghin and the NI GK Academy team

The academy is run by Michael Dougherty for Keepers of all levels & all ages. They originally discovered the Crazy Catch as recently as 2 months ago and ordered some Wildchild Double  Troubles and Freestyles for use with their young keepers; helping them to develop their technique and reactions.

They were an instant hit with Michael quoting “I have used them both in some sessions & would like to say how happy we are with them. Both items are fantastic & perfect for the young goalkeepers in our academy. Such was the impact on using them at last weeks coach mentoring group I have had an interest from several of the coaches about buying them.”

Since those early days, Flicx UK MD Richard Beghin has recently been over to Belfast to see NIGK in action and was very impressed by the professionalism of the sessions. The guys have also filmed this video below and continue to use them at the academy daily with all the kids really enjoying working with the “Ultimate Rebound Net”.

 We look forward to the future with @MicDougherty1