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Restage the Ashes or bring Lord's to your back garden with the new Tildenet Portable cricket net, now on sale. It is light, but strong, versatile but simple to assemble and exceptional value in comparison to other net systems.
Made from six galvanised steel poles and high performance sports netting, it is durable in all weathers and packs away easily into a small zip up bag that can be carried on the smallest of shoulders. The whole structure can be put up and taken down in mere minutes. It is perfect for any garden, school, university or club, perfect for family picnics, day trips to the beach, organized or impromptu coaching sessions. And because it can also be assembled in a straight line it’s a ball stop net for any sport, not just cricket.
"This is a new product we have designed and developed and one which I’m really excited about," says Joe Downey, the chairman of Tildenet. Mr Downey recently took a Tildenet Portable Net out with him to Kenya for Cricket Without Boundaries, the charity that uses the game to promote Aids awareness to impoverished children.
"It was certainly a great testing ground for the product. The feedback from coaches and players, who are all highly influential in the cricket world, was really positive. They all agreed that the net was invaluable and that we would have really struggled without it. It enhanced the quality of coaching and practice opportunity."
One hundred and fifty children and teachers were being coached during each session and the Cricket Without Boundaries team found that, as well as using the net in a conventional U shape, they could also adapt it to make a 20m barrier net which provided high intensity skill practice for as many as 48 persons at a time when both sides of the net were used. So successful was the tour that Tildenet are now arranging to donate a further 5 of these Portable Nets to assist the local coaches.
Initial sales certainly seem to have reflected an untapped market which Tildenet can fill. The response from schools and colleges has been hugely positive, and students who have tried and tested the nets on campus are now purchasing them to use in their own homes. Stocks have already run out and Tildenet are swiftly in the process of making more due to such high demand.
"Its utilization has far outweighed the initial design," says Joe Downey. "And we are really excited about its potential influence and contribution to the great British game of cricket."
"The PORTANET is easy to assemble and transport. It can be used as a conventional practice net or as a ball stop net for group sessions. I thoroughly recommend it for gardens, clubs and schools," David Dolman. ECB level 111 Coach, added.
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