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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.

A charity fund raising team

Team Gazebo Ideas

This blog follows on from an earlier one this year about Some fancy dress costume ideas for Its A Knockout teams. Another great idea for It’s A Knockout days is for the teams to bring a team gazebo with them to use as an HQ. This is great for a few reasons. Firstly, the teams have somewhere to place their bags etc. Secondly, if it rains, or it’s sunny and hot (fingers crossed), they have somewhere to shelter. And, thirdly, it adds a colourful spectacle for the day having an Olympic Village string of gazebos for the teams, especially if they are encouraged to decorate them as well, which is what this blog is now moving onto.

fancy-dressed gazebos

Some ideas for fancy-dressed team gazebos

Encouraging the teams to bring a gazebo that they fancy-dress up generates great pre-event team building as they will have to get together to discuss this along with their own fancy dress ideas. Usually, the two are combined as you can see from the images in this blog. It may be that a team dresses in grass skirts, call themselves “The Hawaii-5-0’s” and hang some bunting and balloons up around their gazebo. Or, maybe they go to town and make scenery and bring extra props to really give the gazebo a theme. We usually also give extra bonus points for the teams if they bring a team gazebo and dress it up.

Fancy-dress team gazebos

Some more fancy-dressed team gazebos

Some of the regular It’s A Knockout days we do for clients have turned into quite a competitive affair of trying to think up the best fancy dress and gazebo ideas. This adds to the team building element of such days. The ideas that our It’s A Knockout enjoy are if a team does a Great British Bake Off theme, because usually a lot of yummy cakes get offered to us as bribery ! (it doesn’t work, because we are impartial with the scoring of the games, but it’s always a nice gesture.)

team gazebo ideas

Team gazebo ideas for It’s A Knockout

Of course for charity fundraising events, an Olympic Village of fancy-dressed team gazebos is an excellent way to fill room free. One side of the It’s A knockout games arena can be used for the gazebo village which adds a really colourful display. Corporate teams can be told they can display their wears and company signs as well, giving them exposure as thanks for supporting the day. We hope that the images here have inspired some of the teams taking part in our It’s A Knockout events this year with ideas.

If you’re taking part in one of our It’s A Knockout’s this year, please send us photos’ of your fancy-dressed team gazebo, or upload it to our Facebook Page, we’d love to see them !

 

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.

A Minion fancy dressed charity It’s A Knockout team

A Bronze Show Charity It’s A Knockout

The Bronze Show is an ideal choice for charities to use for a charity fundraising event.

For charity fundraising events, the main object is of course to raise as much money as possible for a cause.

Our Bronze Show ticks many of the boxes for achieving this all in one go.

It’s very colourful and impressive at half the size of a football pitch.
# It has four large running across type inflatable games
# It has some great funny team building games.
# It has the ever-popular funny and visual bubble and dressing up games.
# It lasts about 3 hours (a break can be added in the middle before the wet games so the teams can spend money at any other stalls present).
# Although the starting price covers up to 12 teams taking part, more can be added at a very reasonable cost.

As with all our Knockouts it comes with a lot of extras:

# We have our own PA system so no need to get a sound system or DJ in.
# We supply prizes.
# We have our own generators so we don’t need power.
# We have Risk Assessments and Safety Documents to give peace of mind.

The Bronze Show games

A few images of The Bronze Show games at charity events

Charity Fundraising

An extra way to get much needed charity income is to invite companies to sponsor each of the games (e.g. £250 each). On the day these companies will get a game named after them, they will also be mentioned (and thanked) by our commentator compere, they can have signs around their game and even help to time keep on it.

A good way for the charity to fill space free is to have a teams village. Each team can be encouraged to bring a gazebo and use it as an HQ for the day. We can even award bonus points to the team with the best dressed gazebo. This means that (at least) one side of the arena will be a line of brightly decorated gazebos for the teams. Team gazebos also means that the teams have somewhere to shelter if it rains, or it is scorching hot (we can wish can’t we?).

Many charities also say to the teams that they will be awarded bonus points for raising over the amount asked to enter. This is a good way to incentivise teams to keep on fund raising for you rather than just the bottom entry fee you will be asking from them.

We get asked by charities “how much do charities normally set as the entrance fee?” This is a hard one. Some have set the entrance fee at a smaller amount such as £250 a team, some at a quite high figure of £1,000 a team. A good line we suggest is something along the idea of “It’s £500 to enter a team, so if there are 10 of you, that’s only £50 a head”.

In the Client Part of our website we have sample sponsorship forms you can use or be inspired by.

The Bronze Show Games

A few images of The Bronze Show games at charity events

As you may also know, we have an Events Page where details of your event can be placed. Each week we get many enquiries from small groups of people wishing to take part in one of our It’s A Knockout’s. By placing details on our events page (and our Facebook Page) we can help you spread the word about your day.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions about how to make an It’s A Knockout work for your event as a charity fundraiser.

Pilgrims Hospice It's A Knockout Challenge

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout 2017

Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout

One of our Knockout Challenge colourful It’s A Knockout games shows is a great way for a charity to hold a fundraising event. During the summer season our yellow It’s A Knockout vehicles travel all over the UK for great charity fundraising causes. We are pleased to announce that the general public are invited once again to enter the Pilgrims Hospice Charity It’s A Knockout for 2017.

Pilgrims Hospice It's A Knockout Challenge

On Sunday July 9th 2017, Pilgrims Hospices will be running two events this year on the same day. Our Silver Show will be entertaining the crowds and teams at Faversham Recreation Ground ME13 8BF and our Bronze Show will once more be once more at Government Acre, Ramsgate.

Both events start at 10am. There will be lots of stalls, attractions and fun on the day.

Pilgrims Hospice team

Teams of up to ten people, fit or unfit, are invited to enter a team and join in the fun. If you live in the area, why not get some friends together and come and join in the fun. There will be other attractions present so bring the family along, if even just to watch and soak up the atmosphere.

For more details about attending or entering a team into an event please visit the Pilgrims Hospice website for full details.

Pilgrims Hospice 2016 It's A Knockout Challenge

If you are a charity looking for fundraising ideas, please contact us. We can not only put details of your date on our Events Page, but if you’ve got lots to say, we’ll even blog-news about it!

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.

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!

facebook contest image

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.
a schools it's a knockout image

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.

A charity fund raising team

Can Charities Really Make Money from a Knockout Challenge?

Can Charities Really Make Money from a Knockout Challenge?

Well, obviously we think they can!

Charities are finding it more and more difficult to raise funds in this difficult economic climate, and it can be heartbreaking to put huge amounts of time, effort and even money for very little return.

The Penguin Game on our Bronze Show

Our Bronze Show at a charity event

What We Do
At Knockout Challenge we do all the work organising, setting up and taking care of all the details.
Your event is listed on the events page on our website, and we can create an event on our Facebook page for you too.

What You Do
Your role is to help create even more interest and enthusiasm, and turn up on the day to enjoy the event.

What You Get Out of It
We have put together this example (based on real examples) of how much money some of our clients make from hosting a Knockout Challenge.

Example Income Generation Table

Team entry

12

£500 each

£6,000.00
Sponsorship of the teams

12

£200 each

£2,400.00
Sponsorship of each game

8

£200 each

£1,600.00
Advertising in program

30

£30 each

£900.00
Arena side show stall fees

20

£30 each

£600.00
Refreshment concessions

3

£100 each

£300.00
Reclaimed Gift-aid on above

28p on each pound

£3,304.00
Public entrance & program sales

500

£1 each

£500.00
Profit from Knockout T-shirt sales

120

£2 each

£240.00

Making a possible total of £15,844.00

Who We Are

Knockout Challenge has been in business for over 17 years, and a lot of the events we run are for charities that return to us year after year for their fund-raising efforts.

Our Knockout Challenges are run to a tried and tested formula, and we are aware of and comply fully with all necessary laws, health and safety considerations, and are fully insured.

Our director, Phil Pike, is Read more