It's a knockout!
Run a Knockout Challenge as the headline attraction at
your summer fair or an alternative event altogether. Who can resist
the 'slide of doom'?!
'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 (knockout-challenge.co.uk), 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 medals. 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!'
Nicki Wisniewski, chair, Hazelwood Parents' Association,
Surrey (334 pupils)
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.
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