Covid Secure games for School Activity Days

Our games can be ran covid secure for school activity and reward days.

As readers of our blogs across our three websites will know, we have instigated special cleaning programmes to make our games useable for school, college and university activity days. These measures include hand sanitising stations, cleaning schedules and staff training.

Our covid secure procedures

Covid Secure Schools Games

Government Guidance.

At Knockout Challenge, we keep ourselves up to date with the government guidance. More than that, Knockout Challenge director Phil Pike, through his association with the Amusement Devices Safety Council (ADSC), helped write the industry guidance for fairground industry. This guidance includes the use of inflatables.

We have constructed a special Covid Risk Management document which is available to customers. This has been also ran by HSE for comment to make sure that it covers all relevant and appropriate points. We have also crated a special covid advice page of our website for teams to help them understand the measures we have introduce.

Daily clean and periodic clean.

We have two types of cleaning programme for our inflatables and equipment. An initial daily clean followed by a periodic clean during the day as necessary. This is easier with school days as pupils are being kept in their year groups at present. More information about this can be found on our sister website knockoutchallenge.uk

A School Covid Secure Games Day

Covid Secure Games

Formats & ideas

We have a number of ways to run the games to be covid secure compliant. One thing for sure though, is that the fun and excitement of the day hasn’t been affected. Whether our games are being used for a school activity day, or school/college reward day, an induction day or for a Fresher’s Week activity, rest assured that the students will have a great-great fun day or excitement and bonding.

Please Contact Us for further details.

Further Reading.

Please see the following pages for extra information:

Covid Secure Statement

Covid Secure

It’s A Knockout

Our New It’s A Knockout Website.

Knockout Challenge.

At Knockout Challenge, we are excited to announce that we have a new design of It’s A Knockout website all hosted a new shorter domain address. This new website has some great new images, lots of details, information and ideas, and some new videos to view. We’ve also jazzed the images up to reflect how exciting our it’s A Knockout games are ran at our events.

Knockout Challenge Fundraising It's A knockout

Fundraising It’s A knockout

Applications Pages.

We’ve added specific landing pages to the site to help inform people about the most used applications for our games. There are unique landing pages for the categories of Charity Fundraising Events, Town & Village Show, Family Fundays, Team Building, and School/youth activity days. This means that readers can instantly read how our games can specifically be used for their day.

Colourful, Exciting, Informative.

As you can see from the images here taken from the new website, we’ve made the excitement of our games jump out from your screen. We hope this invigorates you to Contact Us to see how we can make your next participation activity day shine.

It's A Knockout Games Video Still

“Best Of” It’s A Knockout Games Video

New Videos.

We have some great new videos on the website, including a great little 2 minutes “Best Of” tingler showing many of our entertaining games in action. You can also click through to our YouTube page to see our other exciting games.

A Knockout Challenge team

A Knockout Challenge team

Visit the new website.

You can visit our new website by clicking this link www.KnockoutChallenge.uk.

Let us know what you think ! We’d love to know your thoughts 🙂

From 30 to 2,000 people, we have a set of games ideal for your participants activity day.

Our websites.

This version of our website you are currently viewing on and our original knockout-challenge version will still remain active as they not only still have some great informative information that is still relevant, but they also reminds everyone of some of the great past events we’ve ran our unbeatable It’s A Knockout Entertainment games packages at.

 

 

Covid Secure

Making Our Games Covid Secure

It welcoming that much of our society has been given the opportunity to return to some definition of a new “normality”. Some sectors have been relativity unaffected, others destroyed for the foreseeable future. Whilst many use the phrase “we’re all in this together”, many have sailed the storm with the benefit of a bigger boat.

We are part of the events sector (which contributes £7b a year to the UK economy).  This outdoor events part of this has lost at least the whole of 2020. Not until well into 2021 will there be some return to working, and to what degree no one can yet predict.

Preparing for the future.

To help prepare for any easement, our staff have taken training in Covid and been reading up on the various pieces of guidance. We have been also researching methods of sanitisation and processes we will need to adopt.

Followers of Knockout Challenge will know that its owner Phil Pike, sits on the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC). This has relevance in that the inflatables we use for our games come under the guidance of HSG175 which is the same guidance that the theme parks and traveling fairs use.

The government set up 5 sector task forces to look into how the lock down could be eased by being Covid secure. However, specific guidance for traveling fairs including inflatables was not issued. We were invited by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to contribute by constructing this.

Phil Pike joined a cross-association initiative to write the covid guidance. This involved dealing with the Health & Safety Executive who are the enforcing body for non-compliance. The guidance was sent to HSE and DCMS for approval. It will also be used by local authorities and safety awareness groups for guidance.

Therefore, at Knockout Challenge we have the full idea of the virus, and what steps are needed to be able to operate inflatables in the covid climate.

Covid Risk Management

We have written a Covid Risk Assessment Management document to conform with the requirement to be covid-secure. This is available in the Client Part of our website.

Covid Secure Games.

Schools, colleges & universities have the greatest freedom to use our games for their days at the moment (they’re ideal for Fresher’s Week !). With the social distancing rule being scrapped for the likes of schools, we have already had many enquiries for such days in September. We have some great discounts available at the moment. Also by running split sessions with fewer numbers in each, the games can easily be ran as FUN and covid-secure.

Small private events and team building can also use our games in the knowledge that they are covid-secure. Our Mini Knockout is great for this. Once more, we have some great discounts at the moment for the tail-end of 2020. Please Contact Us for details

New website design

New Website On Its’ Way !

Please keep a watch out for our new website design ! To be announced soon, it has lots of great colourful images, ideas and information. Like our Knockout Challenge Facebook page to be fully informed when it’s live.

Early Season News

Our 2019 season is under way and so it’s time for some Early Season News. All of our new inflatables have seen action now in our It’s A Knockout’s and we’re loving the fun they bring to our sets of games. The teams also seem to be enjoying them too ! Enquiries have really hotted up over the last couple of weeks. It’s always the schools that seem the most surprised that we’re sometimes not available for “next week” when some are already thinking ahead to booking for 2020.

Early Season News

Early Season News

Talking of schools, kids love our adrenaline games, especially our 50 foot long slide on our Silver Show. Quite often we’re at a school with hundreds of kids taking part. See our Schools & Youth Knockouts Page for more details.

It’s great that charities use us for their days. Even with the current uncertainty, charity day bookings are up. We love charity days, they are always great fun and it’s excellent to see charity’s and causes benefiting whilst entertaining. If you are a charity event organiser please see our Charities Page for details, or if you represent a small group of people wishing to take part in a public charity day please go to our Events Page.

Early Season News

Early Season News

As part of our ongoing safety programme, we’ve recently had a staff training day. As followers of our blogs will be aware, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) last year updated their guidance on the uses of inflatables (we’re told there will be another update later this year as well). The training day was ran by Peter Grand of PIPA and he updated us of changes to guidance, best practice and the BS-EN standard that inflatables are made to. For info on inflatable safety please read our blog on Inflatable Safety from early this year. We now also have three staff members who are PAT test qualified.

New Inflatables 2019

We’ve introduced some great new games and new inflatables for 2019. Some of our new inflatables are called The Black Hole, Vegetable Patch, Bubble Cube and Post Boxes. Each year we spruce up our games up with new inflatables, variations and additions to give our many returning clients a fresh feel to our games.

The inflatable we’re most excited about is the new Black Hole Inflatable. This totally unique black inflatable is almost completely pitch black inside. We don’t think any other knockout operator has a similar inflatable ! We have the ability to throw a bubble and water mixture into the inside of the inflatable so the teams will be crawling through bubbles in the dark !!!!

Black Hole Inflatable for 2019

Black Hole Inflatable for 2019

Our “Post Boxes Inflatable” is new to our Silver Show. This is for a new games called “Picture Postcards” where the team post themselves through the First Class and Second Class post-box holes of the inflatable to collect pieces of a double-sided picture postcard which attach to a Velcro tabard.

New Inflatables for 2019

New Inflatables for 2019

Our new “Vegetable Patch inflatable” is another new Silver Show inflatable. This inflatable is used on the Strawberries & Cream game. the teams slide and crawl through the wet and bubbly Vegetable Patch inflatable on their way to the end of the course to collect the strawberries to place in the measuring tube.

New inflatables for 2019

New inflatables for 2019

Our Mini Knockout has a new “Bubble Cube Inflatable” (see this blogs top left-hand image).

We can’t wait to use these new inflatables and post some images so everyone can see the fun and games on a Knockout Challenge It’s A Knockout!

All our new inflatables for 2019 are made in the UK by a UK manufacturer to the BS-EN-14960:2013 standard. They have a current safety certificate issued by an independent tester that can be checked online for clarification. Please also read our blog Bouncy Castle Safety for further details about the responsibility expected of inflatable operators.

Bouncy Castle Safety

Bouncy Castle Safety

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Mum’s & Dad’s Guide to Bouncy Castle Safety

With the recent high-profile inflatable and bouncy castle accidents that have been in the news over the last couple of years in mind, Phil Pike (the Director of Knockout Challenge) via his involvement with the Amusement Devices Safety Council has written a short guide to help the general public ask and look for the right things when hiring inflatables and bouncy castles for the likes of school fetes, fundays and events.

Bouncy Castle Safety

Bouncy Castle Safety

Bouncy castles and inflatables in general are actually very safe (and of course fun) when used in the correct way by the right people supplying them and supervising them. There is lots of technical guidance out there mostly aimed at the supplier or hirer, but members of the general public may find it hard to understand the relevance of the guidelines and how they actually apply to them when they are booking a hire or siting an inflatable on the day.  So, the aim here to simplify it with a concise and easy to read “Mum’s & Dad’s Guide” to using them and also what to ask and look from an inflatable hire supplier and what to look for on the day and where to site it.

24 mph wind speed limit on all inflatables

Wind warning sign

This Guide will be a great quick source to keep on file of the underlying important points for the general public to refer to for “bouncy castles”. The headings include:

# How they are made.
# Installation.
# General condition of the inflatable.
# Anchor points.
# Wind speeds.
# Users & supervision.
# Certificates & Safety.
# The operator or supplier.
# Further reading & guidance.

At the moment the guide is currently available on the PTA+ Magazine website by clicking here:
>> Inflatable Hire Safety Article <<

For further safety information, please see our other blog: Inflatables & Safety At Events.

 

 

It's A Knockout Kids Games

2018 It’s A Knockout Digest

Well, it’s that time of year again to look back at the previous 12 months and reflect on our 2018 It’s A Knockout year. As usual it’s been a pleasure being out on the road performing our It’s A Knockout game activities for a variety of clients and the public. As ever, we’ve been all across the UK taking our games to a variety of events such as charity fundraising, schools, festivals, town/village shows, fun days, team building, and the off party and private event.

2018 Charity Games It’s A Knockout

Whether it’s been a national charity day, a big fun day or just a small team building event we’ve enjoyed 2018, and hope that everyone who took part had Fun fun fun as well.

Of course there was that great period of dry and hot weather in the middle of the year which we will all remember. For us it happened in the middle of our “busy-busy” part of the year. It started about a week before our big Jersey charity weekender and lasted until the end of July (when the English schools break up).

Summer It's A Knockout

Summer It’s A Knockout 2018

Our it’s A knockout games are great for team building and in 2018 we’ve supplied games packages for small team building days for as little as 30 people, right up to large days where 500 have taken part.

Team Building It's A knockout

Team Building It’s A knockout

Our games are ideal for schools that want to keep a lot active simultaneously. Our largest in 2018 for 700 students in one day! (we can easily do more though)

It's A Knockout Kids Games

It’s A Knockout Kids Games

We saw a longer season than ever this year, with work through October, November and December. Indoors or outdoors, Christmas party’s, Santa Run’s, team building and more, it’s been a Knockout Year.

And we’re already looking forward to 2019. New games and inflatables are planned, and we can’t wait !!!

Santa Run 2018

Santa Run 2018

Bookmark our  News/Blog page for the latest from us, or Contact Us for our 2019 events.

Knockout in the rain

Knockout In The Rain

Overall 2018 has generally been a good year for It’s A Knockout weather. However, come September time, it did turn a little for the worse. This brings us to a question often asked of us… “What happens to a It’s A Knockout in the rain?”  Well, to be honest, the answer is, it carries on regardless. Sometimes, we prefer it ! You’re going to get wet on the games anyway, so what’s the difference?

The pictures shown here in this blog were taken at a Cornwall Hospice Care fundraising It’s A Knockout day in Truro in September 2018. You’ll see that everyone had a great time. 33 teams turned up (only 3 dropped out last minute) all raising money for the charity.

Cornwall Hospice Care

Knockout In The Rain with Cornwall Hospice Care

Knockout In The Rain.

Our wet games and inflatables are going to get wet anyway no matter what the weather happens to be on the day, in fact when it’s raining it saves us a job of throwing water on them as Mother Nature is doing it for us. So rain is definitely not a problem. Our watch points though are making sure areas do not become muddy and of course the wind. But, these are “watch points” for normal days anyway. Just get the teams to bring a team gazebo with them and this can act as a base to keep their things dry whilst they are having fun on the games.

Knockout In The Rain with Cornwall Hospice Care

Knockout In The Rain with Cornwall Hospice Care

To read more about how a charity can raise money using one of our It’s A Knockout’s please see our Charities page and also our Charity FAQ’s blog.

Cornwall Hospice Care.

If you’d like more information about the Cornwall Hospice Care charity and their work, please go to their Facebook Page or visit their website Cornwall Hospice Care.

 

Bronze Show Kangaroo game

Bronze Show It’s A Knockout 2018

Our Bronze Show It’s A Knockout for 2018 has had some new great new games, inflatables and changes for the 2018 season to make them even more entertaining for the teams taking part and watching audiences.

Both the dressing up games on the Bronze Show It’s A Knockout for 2018 have changed. The penguins game has been replaced with a similar style Kangaroo sumo suit one which will help make the game a bit more versatile to different sizes and abilities of teams we encounter at days.

The second dressing-up game on the Bronze Show sees the addition of the funny new game “Widow Twanky’s Laundry”. In this game parts of a spotty padded sumo suit are collected through our Mangle inflatable obstacle, these pieces are then assembled together and worn by one of the team members to race back down the course.

Bronze Show It's A Knockout for 2018

Bronze Show It’s A Knockout for 2018

The Bronze Show It’s A Knockout for 2018 also has a new inflatable slide game “The Flume Slide”, and we’ve moved the Bubble Cave inflatable game over from the Silver Show over which means that four of the seven standard games are different this year, plus with the tweaks to the other games gives the Bronze Show for 2018 has a fresh new feel for the many people, charities and organisations who come back to book our games year-on-year.

Bronze Show It's A Knockout for 2018

Bronze Show It’s A Knockout for 2018

All these changes make our Bronze Show It’s A knockout ideal for charities and organisations using our games for their fundraising ventures. the Bronze Show is a great introduction step onto the It’s A knockout fundraising ladder for those who have not ran an It’s A Knockout day before. Please Contact Us if you’re new to Knockout and we’ll talk you through everything you need to know.

You can also find other Blog articles about how our Knockout’s can be used for fundraising events.