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Some Fancy Dress Costume Ideas for Its A Knockout Teams

Some fancy dress costume ideas for Its A Knockout teams for 2017 !

One thing that really adds some colour and fun to our It’s A Knockout’s is for the teams to fancy dress themselves for the occasion. As teams arrive for our days if the Knockout staff see a crowd of Pirates or Minions approaching we know we’re in for a fun days games. We introduced the fancy dress teams idea about 20 years ago and it does a couple of bonus things for the day.

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Some fancy dressed teams

First, it helps us with the scoring. “Pirates in lane one please, Minions in lane two and Brave Hearts in lane three” Another, is that it starts to hype the teams up before the day by making them get together and discuss and make costumes. We say “make”, but eBay tends to be the option for many teams looking for the quick fix or a trip to Primark for Onesie’s!

One thing to remember is no pins and sharp bits. So Pirates, you won’t be able to keep those swords on whilst doing the games, and the same goes for name tag pins or safety pins.

fancy dressed teams

More fancy dress teams

Here’s a list of the most common fancy dressed ideas. 118-118’s (above), Super Heroes, Pirates, Clowns, 80’s/Retro (get the dayglow tops out), Cops & Robbers, Nurses & Doctors (above), Baywatch (above), Where’s Wally..

Just remember, that you need to be able to take part in the games freely. It might tear clambering across the inflatables. And, it will get wet. As a team last year found out when they dressed as babies, complete with adult nappies, which then filled with water!

fancy dress teams

Fancy dress It’s A Knockout teams

One, extra thing. We do give extra It’s A Knockout points to the teams if they come in fancy dress. If you are attending a charity fundraising It’s A Knockout in 2017 ( maybe go to our Events Page ) get together and start brain storming now. For organisers, you can even suggest themes. Countries (Mad Mexican’s, Funny French, Jammy Jamaican’s) or Films (Gladiators, Keystone Cops, Marvel).

No doubt, we’ll add another post later this year with more fancy dress ideas from this years events.

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.

A team dressed as Minions at a charity event

Our Public Events 2020

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!

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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!

Anchor Wipeout It’s A Knockout poster

Its A Knockout Aberdeen

The Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy is a bit of a mouthful, that’s why it’s better known as ANCHOR. ANCHOR is a department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary which treats patients with all forms of cancer, leukaemia and benign blood disorders throughout the North-east of Scotland including Orkney and Shetland.

ANCHOR needs constant investment in technology and research to provide the best possible outcome for cancer diagnosis and treatment – this is where Friends of Anchor comes in.

Friends of ANCHOR was set up to raise funds for the ANCHOR unit to fund the following:

  • Non-NHS funded equipment – ongoing investment in new equipment
  • Patient wellbeing – Funding to provide additional support to patients during this difficult time
  • Local research – Funding cancer research in Aberdeen

How Do Friends of Anchor raise funds?

Well, this is where you come in! Friends of Anchor work tirelessly to find ways to make their fundraising fun and rewarding, and Anchor Wipeout certainly achieves that!

ANCHOR Wipeout Challenge – Aberdeen 22 & 23 August 2015 Hazlehead Park

Join 100s of other challengers for a day of wet and wild fun ! All you need to do is get a team together, pay £200 entry fee (for a team of up to 10 people), turn up on the day and have as much fun as possible! Spectators are welcome, and there will be plenty to keep them entertained – food stalls, bouncy castles, face painting etc – as well as watching the Wipeout antics.

Come on, a day out in the fresh air, fundraising for a wonderfully worthwhile cause, time spent with family and friends, and a lot of laughs along the way. How can you refuse?

Friends of Anchor event poster

Contact Us for more information.

We really hope to see you there!

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!

Knockout Charity Events Summer 2013

Children's teams on an It's A Knockout eventKnockout Challenge have confirmed a number of Knockout Charity Events for summer 2013.
If you are able to support any of the charities in your local area, then get together a team and come and join us.
A Knockout Challenge is the perfect way to have a day out in the sunshine and support a good cause. We’re counting on the weather being very kind over the next couple of months and even if it doesn’t, The Going For Gold It's A Knockout gamewe know you’re a tough bunch who aren’t going to be put off by the weather.
These are the dates we have at the moment, and we’re adding new dates all the time. Give us a call if you’d like to host your own event, or keep checking our website for new event in your area.
You know you want to……………..

Childrens Hospice South West Truro Rugby Club, Truro May 12th
Peel Park Primary School – Accrington June 8th
Solihull Life Opportunities Old Solihillians Rugby Club Solihull July 14th
Childrens Hospice South West Truro Rugby Club, Truro May 12th
Phoenix Sports Club Rotherham July 21st
Friends of Anchor Hazel Head Park Aberdeen August 24th

You know you want to……………..

Children’s Hospice South West

Childrens Hospice South West – May Fund-raising Day-Truro Rugby Club

Where will you be on Sunday 12 May?

If you’re anywhere near Truro (and if you’re not – get there!)  Truro Rugby Club is the only place to be!

We’ve got a Knockout Challenge fun day to raise funds for  Childrens Hospice South West.

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!

Children's Hospice South West Charity Fundraising It's A Knockout

Why not get together with some friends or family, enjoy a jolly good day out AND help a really worthwhile cause!

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School Fundraising Ideas from the BBC

fundraisingWhen it comes to fundraising ideas no-one does it better than the BBC – especially for Children In Need.

While no-one can compete with the BBC, they do offer loads of good ideas that can be used for school fundraising ideas These suggestions are to raise funds for Children In Need, but they can be used for any other school fundraising projects.

A Knockout Challenge is another option – it is a lot of fun, and requires minimal effort from hard-pressed parents and school staff to make it successful, so bear it in mind for the warmer months.

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