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.
“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.
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.
For 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.
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 £5 or £10 what project or cause could your school use this for?
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 “done” a game, they then move onto the next game in the rotation (and around the clock).
So each game can have three teams of children on. A great way of running the games is to have 6 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 AND THE WEATHER
Usually knockout has wet and bubble games. Dry games can be ran 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.
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 great effect.
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.
Talk to us about your School or Youth Knockout Challenge