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Fancy Dressed Teams

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

In 2018 we’ve seen some great fancy dressed teams at our It’s A Knockout events up and down the UK. So we thought it would be ideal to share and highlight some of these with a 2018 Fancy Dressed teams web-blog. You’ll see from the brief selection of images here that some teams just turn up with as simple as a colour coordinated T-shirt affair, but many really go wayyyyyyy past this and really get into the fun spirit of It’s A Knockout and “go to town”.

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

Fancy Dressed Teams !

A popular theme for teams nowadays seems to be Justice League or Super Heroes,  this is easily achieved by a quick trip to eBay or Amazon. We look it when teams use a play on words which coincides with their teams makeup. A team of nurses dressed as Elves = National Elf Service (brilliant!). The three images above are “Rock Stars” (with various rock t-shirts), Going Banana’s (Minions) and then a construction company’s team at a charity event simply wearing their high-vis shirts.

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

If you are a team taking part in one of our It’s A Knockout events, there are some more great examples of fancy dress in the Blog Fancy Dressed Charity Its A Knockout Teams 2017 and Some Fancy Dress Costume Ideas for Its A Knockout Teams

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

Also remember, we give extra bonus “Fun Points” for teams that are in fancy dress. So get creating now ! Plus there are bonus points for designing and bringing your own Joker Card and a team mascot. We also suggest that teams bring their own gazebo to use as an HQ. This gives a place for a team to place all their effects etc for the day, and yes, bonus points for the best dressed team gazebo.

2018 Fancy Dress Teams

2018 Fancy Dressed Teams

 

Keep your eyes open for a Fancy Dressed Teams web-blog Part 2 and  Team Gazebo’s Blog as well.

Charities can gain more info by visiting our Charity Page

A team building game on our Silver Show

The Mini Knockout for team building days

The Mini Knockout is a great addition to a team building day or company activity day.

Often for team building days with small numbers, say 20 to 60 people, having a couple of hours of games after a mornings conferencing is a great way for delegates to let their hair down in the afternoon.  Our Mini Knockout is ideal for this. Six games, with a little dressing-up, inflatables, fun and team bonding. Although the games have some inflatables, there isn’t too much exertion needed from the teams. However, everyone, in every team, can take part in every game if they want to. No one gets left out.

Mini Knockout games

The Mini Knockout games arena

The games can include a little extra fun with water and bubbles on a few of the games or it can all be ran dry. As with all our knockout’s we supply arena bunting, have a small P.A. sound system, games commentator and staffing, prizes and bring our own generator for powering it all. It needs about three to four tennis courts in space to be set up nicely as you can see from the image above.

Mini Knockout games

Images of the Mini Knockout games

Our commentator will narrate the games as they are played our and read out the teams scores to keep the teams enthused to try their best and have a great experience. This set of games is great for up to 8 teams of 8 taking part. Extra teams can be added if required, but we’d suggest if possible then booking one of our bigger shows such as the Bronze Show It’s A Knockout.

Mini Knockout games

More Mini Knockout games

We have some great addition ideas to help complement and team bond everyone, please contact us to talk through ideas and discuss what works best for your day. We have different scales of knockout games which suit different requirements. So please also see our Packages Page for our other sets of games.

Join a 2016 Knockout Challenge

Join a Knockout Challenge in 2016

Below is a list of open events and Knockout Challenges where individual teams can join. Enjoy a great team-building day out, and raise some funds for your club or group, or get a crowd together from work, pick a charity, and enjoy a worthwhile day out. Use a fundraising platform like Justgiving, promote it on your Facebook page, and make a meaningful contribution to the charity of your choice.

raised hands image

Knockout Challenge dates in 2016

We have Knockout Challenges across the country all year long. Our events page is updated regularly, and we encourage new teams to join us. The more the merrier, and it can be a great way to meet new people, have some fun and do some serious fundraising!

Join a Knockout Challenge in 2016 – if there’s not one near you, just ask -we’ll see what we can do!

More dates are added regularly, but if you’ve got a specific date in mind, give us a call on 01245 328221 and we’ll see what we can do!

A team image on the Penguin Game of our bronze Show

It’s a Knockout Team Building 2016

The start of a new year always brings a flurry of enthusiasm and motivation. Why not book an It’s a Knockout Team Building 2016 Challenge to inspire your team and help them build on this enthusiasm.

Preparing for a team building Knockout Challenge experience can, in itself, be a motivator, and can help build a sense of community and enthusiasm.

A team-building Knockout Challenge includes:

  • Lively Compère
  • Helpful Show Crew
  • Professionally stage-managed show
  • Arena sound system
  • Arena barrier erecting (bunting)
  • All the colourful inflatable’s & props for the games
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and ‘Booby’ prizes
  • Generators to power the games/show
  • Free site visit up to 100 miles
  • Free venue finding/suggestion for clients
  • £5m Public liability insurance

Our Team Building Knockout Challenge is held at your venue – if you don’t have a suitable space we can advise on hiring suitable sports grounds/sports halls, and also offer recommendations on first aid and a venue’s suitability for wet or dry Knockout games.

Choose from one of three great It’s a Knockout Team Building 2016 challenges:

Gold Knockout Challenge

It’s a Knockout Team Building 2016 Gold Challenge

Silver Knockout Challenge

It's a Knockout Silver Challenge

Bronze Knockout Challenge

Its a Knockout Bronze Challenge

Give the team at Knockout Challenge a quick call and find out how you can get your team building Knockout Challenge arranged!

A Sumo costume dressing up It’s a knockout game

Knockout Team Building Challenge

Team Building activities have been proven to aid bonding and help colleagues from different departments “put a face to the name”.

Versatile, Adaptable,  Fun team building.

Its A Knockout is the perfect solution for team-building groups where ages, interests and skills are very different. Teams can vary in size, so small and large groups can easily be accommodated.

It’s a Knockout is an informal day away from the office fun activities is an ideal way to get employees to know each other and break down barriers.

We have over the years developed activities and games that are almost a “fits all” for away days. We offer many variations from Sports Day to a Bouncy Olympics, to It’s A Knockout.

A company funday It’s A Knockout

More than just games.

There is so much more than just the actual Its A Knockout Challenge that promotes team building – there’s the creation of team names, slogans, chants etc. Anyone unable to take part in the physical challenges due to ill-health or can be enrolled as “cheerleaders”, “scorekeepers” and “paparazzi” for the day – it should be fairly easy to find a role for everyone!

We have a number of Charity Knockout Challenges where your company could enter a team; enjoy a great day team-building and contribute to a worthwhile cause.

Have a look at our Events page, call us on 01245 328221 or request a brochure.

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 0145 328221 to chat about your company possibly holding a Knockout Challenge Christmas party.

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!!

charity it's a knockout poster image

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

Visit the Children’s Hospice South West Knockout page for more information and fund-raising details, or visit It’s A Knockout to arrange a Knockout Challenge for your charity.

 See you there!

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