one of our new inflatable obstacles

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

our new inflatable slide 

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

one of our new inflatable obstacles

New Bondi Bash Inflatable

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

The Castle Chaos Game

New Silver Show inflatable obstacle

 

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

Manic Mangles Inflatable

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.

sliding through the bubbles

Its a Knockout Exeter

Force Cancer Charity 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.

The Penguin Game on our Bronze Show

An It’s A Knockout team

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!

A fancy dressed team at a hospice charity day

Christmas Party 2014 Knockout Challenge

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

A Santa Team image

It’s A Knockout At Christmas

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 01245 328221 to chat about your company possibly holding a Knockout Challenge Christmas party.

sliding through the bubbles

It’s a Knockout Facebook Photo Competition

sliding through the bubbles on an inflatableWe’re running a fun Facebook Photo Competition this year and invite everyone who attends our It’s A Knockout events to enter their photo of the games to win £50.00.

Each month the uploaded picture with the most “likes” wins the prize. So take it, upload it, “like” it, and get your friends to like it.

To help you, around the games arena we’ll have boards with special QR codes to scan with your phone to take you straight to our Facebook page.

If 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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A kids It’s A Knockout team

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.  However, for school events an “It’s A Knockout” can easily cope 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

A kids It’s A Knockout game“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

A kid crawling through the bubblesFor school events there 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 day 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 Read more

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