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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

Team Building or Fundraising for 2014

2014 I hear you say – that’s ages away! Well, my calendar says we’re 3 months away from Christmas, and then the bleak depths of winter before we emerge into the sunshine (hopefully) of spring!

So what better time to book a Knockout Challenge for your charity fundraiser, or plan a Knockout Challenge to boost staff morale after the winter.

Knockout Challenge offers a package to suit all budgets and requirements.

Choose from any of the following:

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The Bronze Show

  • Seven games that last about 3 hours.
  • 18 teams covered, but more can be added.
  • Can be run wet or dry, indoors or out.
  • Ideal for the smaller event.
  • A Children’s Interval Show session can be added.
  • Includes The P-P-Penguin costume dressing up game.
  • Includes prizes, as well as our comprehensive Information & Publicity Pack.

The Silver Show

  • Over £35,000 of new games
  • Can be run as the “It’s A Knockout Olympics”
  • Six 50ft inflatable’s used for 6 of the games
  • Starting price covers up to 18 teams taking part.
  • Extra teams can be added.
  • Can last up to 4 hours with 18 teams if needed.
  • Half size of a football pitch area of games.
  • Indoors or Out.

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The Gold Show

  • Ideal for the bigger event.
  • A football pitch sized area of colourful games.
  • Can be expanded to cater for 1,000 people.
  • Lots of colourful inflatable obstacles used.
  • More dressing up games, more fun!
  • Ideal for Youth Camp Activity Days.

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Mini Knockout

  • Knockout – but on a smaller scale.

  • Starting price covers up to 8 teams taking part.
  • Extra teams can be added.
  • The Wacky School Sports Day can be added.
  • Can be run indoors.

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School and Youth Knockout

  • Various Packages to Suit Different Budgets.
  • Excellent for numbers of 200 & over.
  • Can be ran wet or dry, indoors or out.
  • More Inflatable based than our Adult Games.
  • Adrenaline Soaking Games.
  • From 2 hours and up.
  • Special needs can be accommodated

So there you have it – a brief guide to all our packages. Please click on the links above to find out more about each package or give us a call and we will help you choose the right one for your event.

Can Charities Really Make Money from a Knockout Challenge?

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Well, obviously we think they can!

Charities are finding it more and more difficult to raise funds in this difficult economic climate, and it can be heartbreaking to put huge amounts of time, effort and even money for very little return.

What We Do
At Knockout Challenge we do all the work organising, setting up and taking care of all the details.
Your event is listed on the events page on our website, and we can create an event on our Facebook page for you too.

What You Do
Your role is to help create even more interest and enthusiasm, and turn up on the day to enjoy the event.

What You Get Out of It
We have put together this example (based on real examples) of how much money some of our clients make from hosting a Knockout Challenge.

Example Income Generation Table

Team entry

12

£500 each

£6,000.00
Sponsorship of the teams

12

£200 each

£2,400.00
Sponsorship of each game

8

£200 each

£1,600.00
Advertising in program

30

£30 each

£900.00
Arena side show stall fees

20

£30 each

£600.00
Refreshment concessions

3

£100 each

£300.00
Reclaimed Gift-aid on above

28p on each pound

£3,304.00
Public entrance & program sales

500

£1 each

£500.00
Profit from Knockout T-shirt sales

120

£2 each

£240.00

Making a possible total of £15,844.00

Who We Are

Knockout Challenge has been in business for over 17 years, and a lot of the events we run are for charities that return to us year after year for their fund-raising efforts.

Our Knockout Challenges are run to a tried and tested formula, and we are aware of and comply fully with all necessary laws, health and safety considerations, and are fully insured.

Our director, Phil Pike, is

Knockout Charity Events Summer 2013

Knockout Challenge have confirmed a number of fundraising Challenge Days for summer 2013.
If you are able to support any of the charities in your local area, then get together a team and come and join us.
A Knockout Challenge is the perfect way to have a day out in the sunshine and support a good cause. We’re counting on the weather being very kind over the next couple of months and even if it doesn’t, A Winning Its A Knockout teamwe know you’re a tough bunch who aren’t going to be put off by the weather.
These are the dates we have at the moment, and we’re adding new dates all the time. Give us a call if you’d like to host your own event, or keep checking our Face Book page for new event in your area.
You know you want to……………..

Childrens Hospice South West Truro Rugby Club, Truro May 12th
Peel Park Primary School – Accrington June 8th
Solihull Life Opportunities Old Solihillians Rugby Club Solihull July 14th
Childrens Hospice South West Truro Rugby Club, Truro May 12th
Phoenix Sports Club Rotherham July 21st
Friends of Anchor Hazel Head Park Aberdeen August 24th

You know you want to……………..