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Knockout Summer 2015

We’ve got a summer filled with fab Knockout Challenges up and down the country!

Join us for one of these fun days, or if there’s nothing organised where you are, let’s get one going!

We’ve got three fantastic Knockout Challenges coming up, raising money for three really wonderful charities. Get involved if can!

Pilgrims Hospice | Government Acre in Ramsgate | Sunday 31 May

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Rotherham Hospice | Phoenix Sports Ground, Bawtry Road, Brinsworth, S60 5PA | Sunday 7 June 2015

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Marion’s Still Smiling Knockout Challenge | Ardrossan, North Ayrshire | Saturday 20 June 2015

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If you can’t make any of these dates, then have a look at some of the discounted dates we have available – there may be one that suits you!

New Inflatables for 2015

It’s A Knockout is pleased to announce the arrival of some great new inflatables for 2015. We’ve spent over £20,000.00 adding new and fun inflatables to our collections. We hope you’ll like them and look forward to seeing you at a Knockout Challenge soon.

The Slide of Doom

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A new inflatable in our Bronze show. Teams will compete to see who can collect the most inflated rings in the shortest time!

Off To The Beach

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A new addition to complement the existing ‘Beach Huts’ in the Bronze show, where teams dash through the inflatable, dress a team member in a Bikini Babe Sumo Suit and accessories, then a dash rush back down the inflatable for the dressed up person.

Castle Chaos

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The new bubble pit inflatable for the Silver Show. A chaotic, wet ‘Bubble Pit’ game where teams in relay collect different coloured balls from amongst the foamy bubbles.

Manic Mangles

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Another new attraction in the Silver Show, this is a great game where teams squeeze through the mangle slots on this fun inflatable. Collect stickers on a padded Velcro jacket as you go.

If you are interested in trying out any of these fantastic inflatables, then talk to us about organising a Knockout Challenge or joining one of our Public Events or contact us to organise you own Charity Knockout Challenge Day.

Its a Knockout Exeter

logoWe have an exciting Knockout Challenge at Powderham Castle on September 6 2015.

A Knockout Challenge for Force will take place from 11am until 4pm.

Force are hoping to recruit 36 teams of 10 @ £25 per person. Enter a complete team of 10, or enter as individuals and join a Force team.

Get carried away with team logos and t-shirts, costumes, cheer-leaders, pom-poms! There will be 12 obstacles to complete. Set up a team ‘camp’ (bring a gazebo for your team) and enjoy a fun day out supporting a well-respected and much loved local charity.

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FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter) supports cancer patients and fund-raises tirelessly to ensure that anyone diagnosed with cancer gets the best possible support and treatment close to home.

Powderham Castle, on the banks of the Exe is situated in a beautiful ancient woodland with stunning views across to the Exe Estuary. Just 7 miles from Exeter this country setting is one of the most picturesque settings for a Knockout Challenge.

We hope you will join us for Its a Knockout Exeter! This promises to be a great event – a fun day out and raising funds for a truly worthwhile cause.

If you have a charity and you’d like to host a Knockout Challenge please give us a call on 01245 328221– we’ll make one to suit you!

Its A Knockout Aberdeen

The Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy is a bit of a mouthful, that’s why it’s better known as ANCHOR. ANCHOR is a department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary which treats patients with all forms of cancer, leukaemia and benign blood disorders throughout the North-east of Scotland including Orkney and Shetland.

ANCHOR needs constant investment in technology and research to provide the best possible outcome for cancer diagnosis and treatment – this is where Friends of Anchor comes in.

Friends of ANCHOR was set up to raise funds for the ANCHOR unit to fund the following:

  • Non-NHS funded equipment – ongoing investment in new equipment
  • Patient wellbeing – Funding to provide additional support to patients during this difficult time
  • Local research – Funding cancer research in Aberdeen

How Do Friends of Anchor raise funds?

Well, this is where you come in! Friends of Anchor work tirelessly to find ways to make their fundraising fun and rewarding, and Anchor Wipeout certainly achieves that!

ANCHOR Wipeout Challenge – Aberdeen 22 & 23 August 2015 Hazlehead Park

Join 100s of other challengers for a day of wet and wild fun ! All you need to do is get a team together, pay £200 entry fee (for a team of up to 10 people), turn up on the day and have as much fun as possible! Spectators are welcome, and there will be plenty to keep them entertained – food stalls, bouncy castles, face painting etc – as well as watching the Wipeout antics.

Come on, a day out in the fresh air, fundraising for a wonderfully worthwhile cause, time spent with family and friends, and a lot of laughs along the way. How can you refuse?

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Contact Knockout Challenge or info@anchorwipeout.co.uk for more information.

We really hope to see you there!

Christmas Party 2014 Knockout Challenge

We know it’s only September and the sun is still shining, but Christmas is coming!

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Why not organise a Christmas Knockout Challenge for your Christmas party 2014 – instead of the usual ‘too much eating, too much drinking’ Christmas party.

Here at It’s A Knockout we’ve created the perfect indoor Knockout Challenge – competitive, fun, dry and warm! We think it’s a great way to create the right Christmas feeling and team spirit within a group. It’s the perfect alternative to awkward Christmas dinners, and a lot more fun too!

Our Knockout Christmas days can be run in sports halls, leisure centres, indoor football “domes” etc – we can help you find a venue. Give us a call on 0145 328221 to chat about your company possibly holding a Knockout Challenge Christmas party.

It’s a Knockout Facebook Photo Competition

mini-tunnelsIf you’re thinking of entering our Facebook Photo Competition you might want to have a look at these links we’ve found to help you take even better photographs.

40 Tips to Take Better Photos – Lisa Clarke offers invaluable advice for the beginning photographer. Some her own and some tips she’s picked up from a range of top professional photographers.

10 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your Smartphone Useful advice from popphoto.com because not all great photos are taken by professionals.

How To Take A Great Selfie – We couldn’t leave the selfie out! But even selfies can be improved with a couple of useful tips.

We hope these links give you some great ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our Knockout Challenges, and even more so to seeing your photos on our Facebook page!

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It’s A Knockout Games For School Events.

Many attractions and services that are available for hire for school events just can’t cope with big numbers, or can’t cope with the temperamental British weather. An “It’s A Knockout” however easily copes with numbers over 200-300-400 and more when ran in the right manor and can also be ran in all weather’s or re-located to a schools sports hall.

This makes it ideal for schools and the like for activity days.

COLOURFUL

goldshow“It’s A Knockout” uses games and inflatables that are colourful, fun and exciting. Also the bigger the set of games, the more inflatables, colourful and adrenaline based it is. As an example, we at Knockout Challenge offer three sets of games, graded as Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each set with a better and more exciting set of games using more and bigger inflatables. As an example, our “Bronze” set of games needs just under half a football pitch in room, a “Silver Show” just over half a football pitch, and a “Gold Show” needing a whole pitch.

TIMES

Knockout can fit into a morning or afternoon school timetable and even be ran in both with different children/classes/forms/houses taking part each time.

THE TEAMS

g-crewThere are a number of ways for the children to be split into teams. The games tend to be designed for teams of around ten in with each game using three teams per heat. Getting the children into these teams can be done as follows.

1. Forms. If a form has around 30 children in, each form can be split into three sub-teams of around 10 in each. One sub-team in each of the three lanes for a game. The “times” or scores for the 3 sub-teams are then added together to give a “form time” for that game. The advantage of this is that the form tutor can remain with their class whilst they go from game to game.

2. Houses. If a house system is being used, groups of ten for each House can play against each other.

3. Or you can let them group themselves into teams (however this may cause problems).

Either way we have a points system for the games that we use and each team will have a score card with their scores on at the end which can be used for an inter-house competition etc.

Plus everyone, in every team gets the chance to take part in every game. No one gets left out. However, individuals can opt out at any time, it just means that someone else does their go for them. We have wristbands available if requested to help with team identity.

FUNDRAISING

Why not use the games as a means of fundraising for the school or a chosen cause or charity? Each child could be given a Sponsorship Form to pass around family and friends. If each child was asked to raise

Childrens Hospice South West Knockout Challenge

Believe it or not, we’re planning the 2014 Children’s Hospice South West Knockout Challenge.

If you weren’t there last year you have a chance to find out what you missed. If you were there last year, you have a chance to come and do it all again!!

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When and Where, I hear you ask

We have 2 venues and 2 dates for 2014

Paignton, Saturday 10th May 2014

Truro, Sunday 11th May 2014

If you’re really tough – or just barking mad – you could do both!

Children’s Hospice South West does a fantastic job helping to build precious memories for families whose children are living with life-limiting or life threatening conditions.

They rely on the generosity and efforts of people like you to help deliver their promise to ‘make the most of short and precious lives across the South West’. We hope that you never suffer the agony of having a child with a life-threatening condition, and ask you to join us for the day to celebrate the lives of your own children and help this truly worthwhile cause at the same time!

Why not get together with some friends or family, enjoy a jolly good day out AND help a really worthwhile cause!

All you need is:

  • a team of 6-10 people (bigger is better ! )
  • loads of enthusiasm
  • a desire to help a great cause

Visit the Children’s Hospice South West Knockout page for more information and fund-raising details, or visit It’s A Knockout to arrange a Knockout Challenge for your charity.

See you there!

Team Building Days from It’s A Knockout

slide3Team Building exercises, away-days and events are an essential process for many companies to aid the bonding and effectiveness of its employees to make a workforce which acts more productively which in turn means a business with a loyal workforce that generates greater profit.

Employees work best when they work together. Sometimes, people in one department or sector of a company won’t see, interact or even know you from others in a different sector from them. This can cause friction and resentment which rusts rather than oils the wheels of a workplace.

An away day, in an informal setting, with some fun activities is an ideal way to get employees to know each other and break down barriers.

What to do?

How many would be doing this? Where to do it? What to do? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many event companies out there that will suggest or organise things for you. These “Event Management” companies will be able to suggest a magnitude of various activities.

Inside or Out?

This may be influenced by the time of year you are planning to have the event take place. Indoor events with fewer people can offer many more choices than an event that needs to accommodate large numbers.

For this Blog we’ll look at the larger numbers away day (say over 200 people). The BBC Apprentice TV show had this very subject as one of its tasks this year. As experienced organisers of Team Building Events and Away Days, we found some of their tactics amusing and quite worrying at the same time.

There are some things that definitely need to be sourced from the “experts” – experienced and seasoned suppliers of these days.

Organise it yourself or use an Agency?

How confident are you at setting up a team building day? Using an agency can take a lot of the stress and pressure off you but bear in mind it will cost more. Event Management companies will have a mark-up, and also may well be more partial to things they get a greater “mark up” on – in certain cases this mark-up can add thousands of pounds to the final bill.

Sourcing Ideas Yourself.

In our modern world today, the Internet is usually the starting point. If you have a few months and a bit of spare time and don’t mind some leg-work there are a few trade shows that may be worth attending.

The Showman’s Show in Newbury and The Event Production Show in London are just a couple of such examples. They tend to be held in places such as Earls Court or the NEC in Birmingham. Try a search and see. However don’t rely on these to be the answer to your sourcing needs. You could even ask people in your company for ideas. Have they done something like this before? What was the feedback?

Working with large groups

With large groups you need to make sure that your choices are complementary and suitable for most members of the group – activities that work for all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities, and varying levels of enthusiasm! A Zip-wire

day out for 300 is unlikely to appeal to the majority, not to mention that a zip-wire probably couldn’t cope with those volumes. Try to find activities that appeal to the majority of people’s abilities. Keep in mind that what you think is “great ” may be less appealing to others in the group. Always remember the target or reason for the day out. Bringing people together, interaction, fun, constructive and of value.

This may feel like an impossible scenario for some, especially if you have a big difference in types of colleagues around you. This is where maybe an event company will be of an advantage. However, don’t be afraid to phone a few suppliers up and ask their advice. Shortlist things, have a discussion meeting.

Paintballing is often suggested, but we’ve found that it can be too aggressive and competitive, with little team building. It maybe okay for small, male only groups, but not usually for mixed ability/age group. Treasure hunts are also often suggested but again, only really effective for small groups.

There are lots and lots and lots of choices out there. However, the vast amount of these are not adaptable, versatile and can cost with large numbers.

Archery, laser clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 driving, crystal maze or the like can only cope with small groups, so you end up with less of the “Welcome to the team day – everyone over here”, and more of the “Welcome to the team day, now we’re going to send you all off in differ directions “.

Versatile, Adaptable, Fun team building.

We have over the years developed activities and games that are almost a “fits all” for away days. It forms many guises from Sports Day, to a Bouncy Olympics, to It’s A Knockout.

It copes with numbers as small as 20 to as large as 1,000. Indoors, outdoors, grass, hardstanding, Astroturf and more. Rain or shine. Old and young. Fit or unfit. It can be scaled up, or scaled down. Many games have multiple elements meaning that people can choose the part of the game to participate in that suits them the best.

More than just games.

Although the core of the day is games, it can be expanded to encompass more. A session of designing a Joker Card can be run for example (a sort of Art Attack meets Blue Peter creative time). Also the creation of Team names, slogans, chants etc means the teams have to communicate and interact with each other. Also, there are bound to be a few people unable to take part in the physical challenges due to ill-health or injury – they can be enrolled as “cheer leaders” for the teams or score for the games. Or even, give them digital cameras and make them the “paparazzi” for the day and they can take pictures.

The Games.

From simple Sports Day games such as Egg & Spoon to ones that use large colourful inflatables the games will involve everyone in a fun, inclusive, bonding away day that will be a worthwhile experience.

The venue etc.

We have a very large number of venues throughout the UK that we have used before. From