Charity Fundraising Event Pontefract

Charity Fundraising Event Pontefract

Teams are invited to join us on Sunday 29th July at Featherstone Rovers RFC near Pontefract for a Charity Fundraising Event Pontefract in aid of Parkinson’s UK and MacMillan Cancer Support. The day runs from 12 till 4pm and there will a lot to do and see apart from the It’s A knockout in the middle of the day including sideshows, attractions and refreshments.

Charity Fundraising Event

Last years charity fundraising day was a great success as you can see form the images here on this page, and this year it is hoped the event will be a bigger and better day, with lots of fundraising for these two great causes.

Charity Fundraising Event Pontefract

Charity Fundraising Event Pontefract

It’s A Knockout.

The general public are invited to enter teams into the It’s A Knockout event that will be taking place on the day. Teams should ideally be between 8 and 10 people in size and you’ll be guaranteed a great day of games and fun on our obstacles all for a good cause. To get an idea of the games that will be present on the day please see our Bronze Show page for details. Colourful inflatables obstacles, dressing up games, wet games, dry games, team games, relay games. If you can’t get a team together but would like to take part, we may be able to match you up with similar people to make an add-hock mixed team.

Charity Fundraising Event Pontefract

Charity Fundraising Event Pontefract

So, whether you can get a team together for Sunday 29th July or just want to come down and enjoy the atmosphere for a nice day out with the family, we’d be glad to see you there. Also, please contact us if you’d like to help out on the day as a volunteer. All help gratefully received!

Please see Contact Us for more details of the day or if you want to enter a team.

A team from a charity It’s A Knockout event

FAQ’s For Charity Teams

In this Blog we’ll answering some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) that teams tend to ask quite often about taking part in one of our It’s A Knockout’s. You may have been directed to this page by a charity event organiser to help them inform you of your up-and-coming Knockout day with us.

Hopefully in a logical order here are the Frequently Asked Questions we get asked.

How many people should a team consist of?

Our games are designed for teams of around ten people each. If there is ten in your team, then everyone in the team can take part in every game if they choose to. No one is forced to take part. If you have less than ten, then this is okay, but some people may have to have two “goes” on a game. We prefer mixed teams as they tend to be more “fun”.

FAQ's for Charity Teams

FAQ’s Charity Teams

What should we wear?

It’s best to wear something easy to move around in as you’ll be doing games that will involve inflatable obstacles. We encourage the teams to come in fancy dress as it adds extra fun into the day (and helps us identify the teams as well). However, no sharp edges please (Pirate themed teams take note!) and everyone must wear trainer type footwear on the games, no crocs, flip-flops or sandals. For ideas on fancy dress please read our Blog’s from 2017  Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017 and Fancy Dressed Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017

Can we get an idea of what the games involve?

We have different games on the sets of It’s A Knockout games. The actual games will depend on the set that the organiser has arranged. A game might involve one at a time the team collecting items through an inflatable obstacle, in which case the fastest collective time gets the most points. Or maybe the team have to transport something down a course with dropping it. To get a general idea of the games please visit our YouTube page to see some of the games in action. There are no hitting each other games or one-on-one games, it’s very much a team effort in a fun games.

FAQ's for Charity Teams

FAQ’s Charity Teams

What do we need to bring?

There will probably be refreshments available on the day but you may wish to bring your own. Bring a towel or change of clothes as you will get wet on the games. And bring some supporters to cheer you on!

What does Playing Your Joker mean?

On one game you can “play a Joker”. You can choose a game to get awarded double points on. At the beginning of the day we’ll explain the games you can do this on. Obviously you’ll choose the game that suits your team the best. On this game you’ll get double-points no matter what score you get. We also award bonus points if you’ve designed and brought your own Joker Card. Many teams will get together before the day and get creating with the glue, glitter and streamers to do this.

FAQ's for Charity Teams

FAQ’s Charity Teams

What about a Team Gazebo?

Bringing a gazebo for your teams HQ is a good idea (check with the charity organiser). Having a team HQ gazebo give you somewhere to place you effects and bits-and-bobs and also acts as a shelter form the weather (sun and rain). Once more… BONUS POINTS available for a nicely decorated gazebo.

What time should we arrive?

Ideally an hour before the games start. Allow extra time if you’re erecting a team gazebo. Sometimes days can get busy with lots of people trying to park, unloading and getting themselves sorted for the day. Better to be early and soak up the day than arrive late and miss out on some of it. Some teams have been known to arrive early to probe us for insider information about the games to get an edge on the others.

What happens if it rains?

You get wet !!! Even on a dry sunny day, you’ll get wet !!! There’s no difference.

 

Please let us know if you are a charity organiser and have some other Frequently Asked Questions you think should be added to the above.

Glasgow Charity Event

Glasgow Charity Event 2018

The public are invited to enter teams into a charity fundraising event being held in aid of the Catherine McEwan Foundation on Saturday 12th May 2018 at the GHA Rugby Club in Giffnock, Glasgow. There’ll be lots to see and do on the day, even if you’re just a spectator attending the day just to cheer on the teams and support the charity.

Glasgow Charity Event 2018

Glasgow Charity Event.

If you’d like to enter a team into the It’s A Knockout games, please Contact Us for details and we’ll pass them onto the event organiser. Teams should ideally have up to 10 members in them and as in all our knockout’s, everyone, in every team, can take part in every game if they want to. The games will be from our Silver Show. As usual, we’ll also be awarding some bonus points for teams that come in funny fancy dress attire, so get creative and have some fun thinking up an apt theme for your team. Read through some of our other Blogs if you want some fancy dress ideas. A good starting point being Some Fancy Dress Costume Ideas for Its A Knockout Teams

Glasgow Charity Event

Glasgow Charity Event.

Also, remember teams that you get to play a ‘Joker’ on one game (which will get you double points on that game), so if you’ve also designed and brought your own Joker Card you’ll get even more bonus points. So get some friends together and enter a team into this great event for a great local charity.

The day starts at 12.00 midday. There will also be refreshments, sideshows, bouncy castles for the kids and other attractions.

If you can’t make the date, but would like to enter a team into one of our charity events, then we more that are listed on our Public Events  page of the website.

Friend’s of ANCHOR Charity It’s A Knockout

The general public are invited to enter teams into the Friend’s of ANCHOR charity It’s A Knockout event in Aberdeen. As usual, the event is being held over two days at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen on Saturday the 18th and Sunday 19th August 2018.

‘ANCHOR’ stands for Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy. The ANCHOR Unit covers the dedicated wards and clinics within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for oncology and haematology patients.

Friends of ANCHOR charity day 2017

Friends of Anchor Aberdeen 2017.

Previous years have been a great success for the charity and we’ve always been blessed with great and fun teams who turn up in sometimes amazing and creative fancy dress, bringing mascots, joker boards and supporters. As usual, there will be lots going on that day including side shows, refreshments, local stalls and amusements. So even if you can’t enter a team, please come and visit the event to support a great worthwhile local cause.

Friends of ANCHOR charity day 2017

Friend’s Of Anchor Aberdeen 2017.

This years games are from our twelve game Gold Show It’s A knockout once more. We’ve got some new games in the mix this year including Kitchen Kaos, Pac Man and a new Bubble Pit, so even if you’ve entered a team into previous events, you’re sure to repeat the fun again in 2018.

So, why not get some friends together, family, workmates or colleagues and enter a team into this great charity event and we’ll se you there! Teams can be from 6 to 10 in number. A team can have more than ten members, but we can’t then guarantee that everyone will get a go on every game. Teams will be required to gain sponsorship to take part. The money going to the Friend’s of Anchor charity.

To find out more about the day please visit the charities Facebook Page or Contact Us and we’ll pass your message on.

For general details of the charity and its work please visit their website.

Denver Family Fun Day 2018

The Denver Family Fun Day 2018 in Norfolk are looking for the public to enter teams into their second It’s A Knockout. This year the family funday is on Sunday 22nd July. Last years first It’s A Knockout was a great success and they are hoping to re-create the exciting atmosphere this year. Teams of up to 10 people are invited to take part in the knockout. So if you have some friends or workmates and want to be involved in a great day out, read further and Contact Us for further details.

Denver Family Fun Day

Denver Family Funday

Denver Family Fun Day

Last year 12 teams from the local community took part over the afternoon event, some coming in fancy dress which was really excellent. Some even brought their own gazebos and decorated them giving the day a nice colourful “Olympic Village” for the teams. Although at daybreak the day started out as wet and cloudy, it soon brightened up as the attractions were being built up. The teams still got wet of course…. well they were taking part in an It’s A Knockout !!!

Denver Village Fun Day 2017

Denver Village Funday 2017

The day starts at 11am, with lots of other family funday attractions, such as fairground rides, a dog show, refreshments and more. You can find more details on the Denver Village Family Funday Facebook page. Come on, be part of the fun in 2018 and get a team together.

Denver Family Fun Day Penguins Game

Denver Family Funday Penguins Game

If you are a charity wishing to read further about hosting a charity knockout or are looking into how an It’s A knockout is an ideal arena entertainment for a community event, you’ll find more details on our Charities Page. We have lots of other information to help, just let us know about the aims of your day and we’ll help you as much as possible. Including the Blogging, Tweeting, promotion of the day to help gain interest and exposure.

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It's A Knockout

Pilgrim’s Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2018

It’s with great pleasure that we invite the public to enter teams into the Pilgrim’s Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2018 on Sunday May 20th. This will be the eight It’s a Knockout held by Pilgrim’s Hospices and the fourth at Government Acre Recreation Ground in Ramsgate. As you can see from the images here that were taken at last years day, it was glorious weather, and everyone had a ball of a time.

Pilgrim's Hospice Charity It's A Knockout 2018

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2017

It’s a Knockout is a fun-tastic way to support Pilgrims Hospice and help them be there for the next family that needs them. It’s a great team builder for work colleagues, family and friends alike, with laughter and fun guaranteed. Join us for a day to remember in an impressive games arena packed full of colourful, inflatable obstacles to contend with – intriguing when they’re dry and definitely challenging when wet!

Pilgrim's Hospice Charity It's A Knockout 2018

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A knockout 2017

This year we have some new games for you including a new inflatable slide game, a new bubble pit and Kangaroo sumo suits! Fancy having a go yourself? Get your fiends together and enter a team for a great fundraising day.

Event information.

You’ll need a £50 deposit to secure your team’s place and we ask that all teams pledge to raise £500 in sponsorship (just a £50 pledge per person). All team members must be aged 16 or over.

Details of the day can be found on the Pilgrims Hospices Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/events/140912186576237/ or by visiting their website at http://www.pilgrimshospices.org/supporting-pilgrims-hospices/events/

Pilgrim's Hospice Charity It's A Knockout 2018

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2017

Place & Time.

Pilgrim’s Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2018.
Government Acre Recreation Ground,
Royal Esplanade.
Ramsgate.
Kent. CT11 9NY

Sunday May 20th 2018
Day opens 11.00am

If you can’t make this event, please visit our Events Page for more similar days where the public can enter teams.

Santa Run 2017

Inflatable Santa Run 2017

Our inflatables are a great fun addition to a Santa Run course. They are best used when placed in a consecutive line, and as you can guess, we have a wide variety of different shaped inflatable obstacles that we can use. The images in this blog were taken as one such Run held in Cambridge this year where 250 fancy dressed Santa’s took part.

inflatable santa run

Our inflatables used as part of a Santa Run.

The course was laid out as part of a 5k run (which was twice round a laid out circuit). The “Santa’s” negotiated the inflatable course twice as part of their run which was held in aid of a local charity.

Santa Run 2017

Inflatable Santa Run 2017.

The course added a great visual element to the event. There was also the opportunity for a Santa Time Trail to find the “Fastest Santa” on the inflatable course. Many charities now hold these events which are a great fundraiser for local causes.

The Santa Run warm-up

The Santa’s warm-up

Above you can see the Santa’s taking part in their pre-run warm-up before setting off on the 5k course.  If you would like details of how our inflatables could be used for an inflatable course, please Contact Us to find out more.

 

 

 

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017

Reflecting over some of the many charity events that we’ve ran this year, and after browsing through the many-many photo’s we have collected along the way. Here is a short blog showing images of just some of the charity It’s A Knockout teams from a fundraising event held in Aberdeen back in August for the Friends of Anchor charity.

charity it's a knockout teams

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017

Around 60 teams took part in the fundraising event with there also being lots of other attractions and refreshment stands present for the viewing public. It’s always great when the teams come in fancy dress because not only is it funny and adds a fun visual element to the day and games, but also it helps us with the scoring of the games themselves.

charity it's a knockout teams

Aberdeen Charity It’s A Knockout Teams

We took our 12 game Gold Show to Hazlehead Park for the event and as you can see from the images, some of the teams had some great fancy dress costumes and ideas. It’s the fifth year we’ve ran the games for Friends of Anchor and it’s always been a great event and well supported affair.

chairty it's a knockout teams

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams

To see some of the great games from our Gold Show, please go to our Gold Show It’s A Knockout Page for details. The 12 games are usually ran in two half’s, with Part 1 having 6 dry games, and Part 2 having 6 wet games, there’s lots of different colourful inflatables, costumes, fun and excitement for the teams to enjoy whilst raising money for charity.

charity it's a knockout teams

Charity It’s A Knockout Teams

Please contact us if you’d like details of how our games can be used for charity fundraising events. Also remember to check out some of our earlier blogs for details of other charity ideas, events and information.

Pilgrims Hospice It's A Knockout Challenge

Fancy Dressed Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017

Ideas for some Fancy Dressed Charity It’s A Knockout Teams 2017.

Over the last few months our It’s A knockout shows have been travelling the UK providing great fundraising events for charity days and town shows alike. Along the way, every now-and-then, we’ve collected a few pictures of the teams that have taken part. So for a bit of fun, we’re going to share some of the great costume themes that the teams have come along as. If you’re taking part in an It’s A Knockout, use them as inspiration for your knockout day out !

fancy dressed It's A Knockout teams

Fancy dressed It’s A Knockout teams.

We love when teams come along in fancy dress. It adds colour to a day and helps us with team identification and so the scoring of the games. Examples shown here include themes such as “Super Hero’s” where the team has simply gone to eBay or Amazon and simply bought some costume attire (or gone to Primark for some Onesies), and other teams where a little more thought and inventiveness has been entered into.

Fancy Dress It's A Knockout teams

More Its A Knockout Teams.

Some teams just simply get specially printed t-shirts made (maybe with a company name on them), and some go way-overboard and create wild and wacky fancy dress along with Joker Cards, Mascots and themed gazebos. Little touches for costumes such as tutu’s, grass skirts, funny wigs and accessories are easy to add.

Fancy Dress It's A Knockout Teams

Fancy Dressed It’s A Knockout Teams.

The things to remember are…

1. It’s got to be functional, you’ll be climbing through inflatables and doing games.

2. No sharp edges please (sorry Pirate teams, but no swords).

3. No full face or full limb face-painting as it leaves coloured streaks on our It’s A Knockout inflatables (Sorry blue Smurf teams and yellow Minion teams).

For more team images and inspiration please visit our Flickr page.

The Kings Banquet It’s A Knockout game

Inflatables And Safety At Events

In this blog, we will be talking about the inflatables that we use on our It’s A knockout events. However, as we sometimes get asked about inflatables and safety in general, this will also touch on a few points for anyone hiring bouncy castles or obstacles and a brief explanation of the “Laws” (or official guidance) etc relating to inflatables in general.

Inflatable Obstacles & the “Law”

Our It’s A Knockout inflatables are made in the UK to a standard called BS EN 14960. This 54 page EN Standard sets out how inflatable play equipment should be made. It includes details of the materials to be used, the step up and down height for getting on and off them, potential falling off heights, a calculation for the number of anchor points to be included and a lot more such as wind speeds (which I’ll come to later), the angle at which the pegs or stakes to tie down should be hammered in at, plus the size of the stakes and the roping off a safety area around them.

bronze show inflatables

The Bronze Show inflatables arena

Before any inflatable is open to the public for the first time it should be subject to inspections and checks to confirm its design and manufacture comply with the requirements of the BS EN 14960 standard.

For operators and hirers, there is also a useful seven page guide called the Safe Use & Operation Of Inflatable Play Equipment, Including Bouncy Castles. It can be found at the National Association of Inflatable Hirers website. This guide was originally of HSE – Health & Safety Executive – origin and is still considered good guidance for the operators of inflatables.

The HSE also stipulates that all inflatables should be tested annually, see the HSE website for details. This, it says, should be carried out by a competent person. To satisfy that we have fulfilled our duty to this, our inflatables are ADIPS tested, the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme. This is one of only two schemes recognized by HSE, the other being PIPA.

Our clients can go to the ADIPS website and “Check a DOC” – Declaration of Operational Compliance – to see if an inflatable has a valid test and can also see an image of the inflatable in question.  The annual test checks for, amongst other things, deterioration of the inflatable, the stitching of the panels, air loss (so it holds its “bounciness”), and the integrity of the anchor points.
Likewise, for bouncy castles registered with PIPA, a PIPA tag (or test) can be checked on their website. This is a reassuring process for clients and event organisers to able to independently check that a document hasn’t been fraudulently concocted.

Safety Mats

The EN Standard calls the area where safety mats (or sometimes called “Crash mats”) should be placed around an inflatable as an impact area. These are primarily identified as, but not exclusive to, intended entry and exit points. Our games are designed to predict a manner of participation from the Its A Knockout teams. This helps us to effectively risk manage the games. The EN standard states that at least a 1 inch mat be used, we use 1.5 inch ones for extra care. The inflatable manufacturer or inflatable tester may specifically advise the position of where mats should be placed. This would then be referred to in a Risk Assessment.

image of inflatables

Inflatables used at an event

Wind Speeds

People ask us whether the rain affects our It’s A Knockout days. Well no, not really, instead of us having to keep a slide wet for an It’s A Knockout game so people can slide down it, Mother Nature is doing it for us. However, wind is a problem. Inflatables made under the EN standard are safe up to Beaufort Scale 6 (which is 25 to 30 miles per hour). This is defined as “Large branches in motion. Whistling heard in telegraph wires. Umbrellas difficult to use”. At this point (25 mph) the use of all inflatables must stop.

We have wind meters on each set of games that we use to measure speeds. Our newest ones emit an alarm sound when the speed reaches 25 mph. At the beginning of each event, we point the wind-meter out to everyone present and explain its purpose. We also check the predicted wind speed online at the start of the day to see if wind will be a consideration.

Further advice and reading can be found on our About Us page.
Event organisers should also refer to the HSE website for Running an event safely.
Our clients can log-in to the Client Part of our website and view our Risk Assessments, Safety Certificates, Health & Safety Policy and Staff Training.

It’s A Knockout

An It’s A Knockout from Knockout Challenge Limited is a great spectacle attraction for events. Our games are fun and exciting and will make you event shine for the right reasons. Great for town & village shows, charity fundraising events, family days, festivals, corporate entertainment and team building. Please visit our Packages Page for details of the different sets of games we offer