It's a knockout!
Who could resist a fundraising event involving giant
inflatables, water and soap bubbles? You had me at 'slide of
Nicki Wisniewski, PTA Chair, Hazelwood Parents'
Association, Surrey (334 pupils) told us about her exciting summer
spectacular: 'We try to ensure that our families enjoy
fundraising in different ways. So when someone on the committee
suggested giant inflatables, water and soap bubbles, we couldn't
resist! We discovered the Knockout
Challenge company, an established company with trained staff,
who offered an inflatable obstacle course for children. We chose
the bronze option at £2,580. This included a series of seven fun
challenges, including a 'bubble pit' where children had to jump
into a pit filled with bubbles and retrieve their team's coloured
balls, and the 'slide of doom' where competitors had to negotiate a
two-sided inflatable slide while collecting rubber rings. Our
It's a Knockout challenge was born!
The competition was open to children aged between five and 13
years. Children formed teams and chose their name, outfit and
mascot. We charged £16 for a family ticket (two adults, two
children) and sold extra tickets at £6 (adults) and £4 (children).
The children were encouraged to seek sponsorship too. Teams won
points for their performance in the challenges, their outfits and
for overall sportsmanship. The winning teams (we split the
competition by age group) were awarded a trophy and individual
On the day we had a burger and sausage BBQ, soft
drinks and Pimm's as well as tea, coffee and cake. There was a
bouncy castle for younger siblings and craft stalls for parents.
The event was popular and well attended. We had 40 teams and made
£4,000 profit. Due to the success of the event, we have now made it
a regular fixture. The company provided us with their risk
assessments to add to our own. St John's Ambulance and our own
welfare officer were in attendance and the staff from the Knockout
Challenge company were all first-aid trained. The day was a huge
success - it's the kind of event that even the rain cannot spoil
although when the sun shines, there is nothing better than hurtling
down a huge inflatable slide towards a water canon!'
NOTE: Commercial organisations bringing inflatables to your
event will need their own public liability insurance. Check your
PTA insurance to see whether any other stipulations apply.
If you plan to serve alcohol at your event, find
out about licensing requirements.
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