Gold Show It's A Knockout

The Gold Show It’s A knockout

Our Gold Show It’s A Knockout.

The 12 game Gold Show It’s A knockout is ideal for the bigger event. It needs about the size of a football pitch in room and is an impressive sight of games, inflatables, costumes and fun. We know that sometimes it’s hard to visualise what “you get for your money” so we’ve edited a short YouTube video to watch of the Gold Show games all set up and ready to go in Aberdeen from 2016.  Please click on the image below to watch the video.

As you can see form the video, most of the games use inflatables, some games are wet or bubble games, some are dry games, some use costumes, but all have fun-fun-fun !!!! The games list for the Gold Show includes Dizzy Dragons, Ring-A-Roses, Barrel of Laughs, Manic Mangles, Hungry Caterpillars, Pass The Dutchie, Robin Hood’s Merry Men, Castle Chaos, Scrambled, Slides & Suds, Animal Jigsaws and Fruit Loops.

Our Gold Show has 9 staff to set up the games, so can cope with 36 teams with it’s starting price (more can be added).  The video above was taken at an adult knockout day. Some games would of course be different for a children’s/Scouts/Guides/youth event.

For more of our videos please visit our YouTube Page.

force cancer chairty teams

Force Cancer Charity It’s A Knockout 2017

Recruiting of teams of the Force Cancer Charity It’s A Knockout 2017 is underway.

The Force Cancer Charity It’s A Knockout fundraising event this year takes place at Topsham Rugby Cub on Saturday 2nd September 2107. Our twelve game Gold Show will be entertaining the teams again this year.

About FORCE

FORCE Cancer Charity is based in Exeter, Devon. They believe that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home. Since 1987 the charity has been funding local research and buying equipment to improve patient care. In 2004 they opened a Cancer Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. The Centre is open every weekday 9:30-4:30 (Wednesdays 6:30) for people needing physical, emotional, psychological and practical support at a difficult time in their lives. They also offer support and information sessions once a week in the Devon towns of Tiverton and Okehampton. All their services are free of charge. FORCE needs to raise more than £1.2million every year to maintain the services it offers. That money comes from legacies, donations, the FORCE charity shop and from fundraising events.

Force Cancer Charity It's A Knockout 2016

Force Cancer Charity It’s A Knockout 2016

It’s A Knockout Fundraiser.

In 2015 FORCE and Knockout Challenge Limited staged a fantastically successful event at Powderham Castle where 72 teams tackled the full Gold Show contest in brilliant sunshine. The day was such a massive hit that a second event ran in 2016, this time at Topsham Rugby Club and in pouring rain. The soggy conditions didn’t detract from another incredible day and the two Knockout Challenge events have raised around £40,000 for FORCE.

Click below to see videos of the 2016 Knockout Challenge.

http://www.forcecancercharity.co.uk/videos/its-a-knockout-2016/

 

Schools Its A Knockout

It’s A Knockout for Schools

It’s A Knockout for Schools & Activity Days

Many attractions that are available for hire for school activity events just can’t cope with big numbers, or can’t cope with the temperamental British weather.  However an It’s A Knockout for Schools can easily cope with numbers over 200-300-400 and more, when run in the right manner and can also be run in all weathers or re-located to a schools sports hall. This makes it ideal for schools activity days.

Bubble Pit Game

It’s A Knockout for schools

Colourful Inflatable Games

It’s A Knockout for Schools uses games and inflatables that are colourful, fun and exciting. Also, the bigger the set of games, the more inflatables and adrenaline based it is. At Knockout Challenge we offer three sets of games, graded as Bronze Show, Silver Show and Gold Show. 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.

Activity Day Timings

Knockout can fit into a morning or afternoon school timetable and can even be run in both, with one set of children (or year group) in the morning and a different set in the afternoon.

Children’s It’s a Knockout Teams

There are several ways for the children to be split into teams. The games tend to be designed for teams of around ten 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 it can be split into three sub-teams of around 10 in each, with one sub-team in each of the three lanes for a game. The “times” or scores for the three 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.

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.

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.

Kids Inflatable game

Schools It’s A Knockout

School 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 £5 or £10 what project or cause could your school use this for?

School It’s A Knockout Format

At its full capacity if all the games are active simultaneously, the games arena works like a giant games carousel with teams going from game to game to game. If you imagine the games arena being like a large clock face, with games on each hour hand (as an example) and with the teams positioned on each game. Once a set of three teams have “completed” a game, they then move onto the next game in the rotation (and around the clock).

Inflatable Games Format

Each of our games for It’s A Knockout for Schools has three lanes (red, blue & green), therefore three teams are active on a game. However, we place up to six teams on each game. The first three teams do the game, then the second three, then the six move onto the next game. This gives a sort of “game-on, game-off” method with some time doing the game, followed by a little rest and cheering time.

As an example of a large games/activity day, our Gold Show, which has twelve games, with six teams on each, can easily cope with 720 pupils (if in teams of ten). A games circuit like this could last from two to three hours (or more), but the times can be altered to suit.

Water, Bubble Games and The Weather

Usually knockout has wet and bubble games. Dry games can be run if desired, and the games can carry on even if it’s raining. Unlike other activities that you can hire, “It’s A Knockout” will carry on come rain or shine. If you have a sports hall, it can also be ran indoors. The decision can be taken upon our arrival as to “indoors or outdoors”.

An indoor It’s A Knockout

If you would like some wet games, we only need access to a hosepipe on arrival (laid on to the games area, and until the start time). Two to three hundred gallons of water (about 15 dustbins worth) is all we need for a fantastic effect.

Great Atmosphere, Great Games

We have our own sound system and play party music whilst the games are being played out. Plus with the commentary and all the noise the children are making, “Knockout” makes a great entertaining and colourful event.

For more images and details about It’s A Knockout for Schools please visit our Schools “It’s A Knockout” Page.

Schools Its A Knockout

Schools Its A knockout

A team dressed as Minions at a charity event

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Climbing an inflatable obstacle

Al’s Club Knockout Challenge

Al's Club It's A Knockout

Al’s Club is a unique social club for children and adults with disabilities in the Knowsley area. The club provides a social meeting place where people who might otherwise find themselves isolated can meet and enjoy social activities in a safe, friendly environment.

Al’s club is constantly looking for ways to generate funds and raise public awareness about the vital service they provide.

Knockout Challenge

Al’s Club have teamed up with Knockout Challenge to provide a fun day out and raise some money for a great cause.

 The Al’s Club Knockout Challenge takes place on 16 August 2015 at Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, Liverpool. L25 9PA

The day will include:

  • African dancers
  • Chinese lion dancers
  • Kung fu experts
  • Fairground attractions
  • Pony rides
  • Stalls
  • Face painting
  • An Ability Counts League football match between Everton and Al’s club Ability
  • KCC Live Radio

Get in touch with It’s A Knockout to register a team and join in the fun.

A Sumo costume dressing up It’s a knockout game

Knockout Team Building Challenge

Team Building activities have been proven to aid bonding and help colleagues from different departments “put a face to the name”.

Versatile, Adaptable,  Fun team building.

Its A Knockout is the perfect solution for team-building groups where ages, interests and skills are very different. Teams can vary in size, so small and large groups can easily be accommodated.

It’s a Knockout is an informal day away from the office fun activities is an ideal way to get employees to know each other and break down barriers.

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

A company funday It’s A Knockout

More than just games.

There is so much more than just the actual Its A Knockout Challenge that promotes team building – there’s the creation of team names, slogans, chants etc. Anyone unable to take part in the physical challenges due to ill-health or can be enrolled as “cheerleaders”, “scorekeepers” and “paparazzi” for the day – it should be fairly easy to find a role for everyone!

We have a number of Charity Knockout Challenges where your company could enter a team; enjoy a great day team-building and contribute to a worthwhile cause.

Have a look at our Events page, call us on 01245 328221 or request a brochure.

Pilgrims Hospice poster

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!

Rotherham Hospice poster

Rotherham Hospice poster

Pilgrims Hospice poster
Marion's Still Smiling charity poster

Pilgrims Hospice | Government Acre in Ramsgate | Sunday 31 May
Rotherham Hospice | Phoenix Sports Ground, Bawtry Road, Brinsworth, S60 5PA | Sunday 7 June 20
Marion’s Still Smiling Knockout Challenge | Ardrossan, North Ayrshire | Saturday 20 June 2015

 

If you can’t make any of these dates, then have a look at our Events Page, there’s plenty more to choose from!

Children’s Hospice South West

Childrens Hospice South West Knockout Challenge

Believe it or not, we’re planning the 2014 Childrens 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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Childrens Hospice South West

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

Please Contact Us for more information and fund-raising details, or visit It’s A Knockout to arrange a Knockout Challenge for your charity.

 See you there!

climbing an inflatable for it's a knockout

Team Building Days from It’s A Knockout

The Dumbfounding Dumbbells Game

Team 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 different 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 Read more

Climbing an inflatable obstacle

Team Building or Fundraising for 2014

Team Building or Fundraising for 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:

The Penguin Sumo Suit Game

The P-P-Penguin Game on our Bronze Show

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.

Climbing an inflatable obstacle

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.
large inflatable clown suits

The Clowning Around Game

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.
one of our Mini Knockout games

In the bubbles!

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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Kids teams on It’s A Knockout

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. If you’re organising Team Building or Fundraising for 2014, 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.