On 4 September 2019, eight Travel Industry teams went toe-to-toe with WHA in a “It’s a Knockout” inspired afternoon of fun and team building. The event was hosted in Richmond, and the winning team would choose a charity to receive the proceeds from the event.
The Travel Network Group, Teletext Holidays, Broadway Travel, Travel Weekly, ABTA Lifeline, Global Reach, Mr & Mrs Smith and Cookson Adventures all entered teams to face six events to see which team would come out on top. After a warm up and a “dance off” between the teams for additional points, everyone was ready and prepared for whatever was “thrown at them” – (literally!)
Event 1 – Giant Chaos
This event called for team work, balance and agility. One member from each team was made to wear an awkward “giant costume” and would have to race against two other opposing team members. This sounds fairly easy, but to make it more difficult each giant would have to run across a number of mats which could be moved by opposing teams in the attempt to trip up each giant. As the giants fell, helpers from the same team were on hand to pick them up again. This was a firm favourite for everyone, apart from those who donned the costumes!
Event 2 – Penguin Show Down
This event started with three team members from opposing teams wearing penguin suits racing around a circuit of cones. Each challenger would have to try and catch the one in front. The person caught first then left the game, whilst the remaining two will have to battle it out in the ring. The last penguin standing would gain maximum points.
Event 3 – Sausage Shuffle
By far the most enjoyable team challenge. This innuendo fuelled event involved three team members bouncing along, riding a “large sausage” (we know how this sounds!!). The aim of the challenge involved a relay change change with a further three team members racing to cross the finish line. The pictures provide a better idea of the event, and also show that the event was not as rude as it sounds!
Event 4 – Ice Water & Obstacles
Again this was a team event involving an inflatable obstacle course. This was a relay event with each team member carrying a glass of “ice water” on their head to the other side to place in their team’s bucket. The goal was to fill your teams bucket with the most amount of water as possible in a three minute time frame.
Event 5 – Sponge Castle
This was a real game of team work and concentration. Most of the team in this challenge stood on upturned buckets and throw a wet sponge between them down a line. When the sponge was finally thrown over the inflatable walls of a castle, one team member would squeeze their sponge into a bucket, with another team member running back to the front of the line to repeat the process. The goal was to fill the bucket behind the castle walls with as much water as possible.
Event 6 – Soapy rope climb
On the face of it this game was simple. Each team member would climb an inflatable small “mountain” with a rope going over the top, sliding down the other side. Once completed the next team member would repeat the process. However, the course was full of soapy slippery water, so it took really upper body strength to pull yourself up and over. The winning team had the most amount of completed runs.
After a hard fought afternoon in the sun, the top three teams were announced:
1st Place – Cookson Adventures
2nd Place – Global Reach
3rd Place – ABTA Lifeline
Congratulations to team Cookson Adventures for a superb performance throughout!
Following the event, the teams enjoyed food and refreshments, including gin cocktails and traditional ice creams. It was a perfect way to end a fun afternoon in sunny Richmond.
One of the key parts of the event, was that it was centred around a chosen charity. Cookson Adventures were given the option to donate the proceeds to a charity of their choice. Their choice was to donate the proceeds (which totalled £3,500) to The Derek Moore Foundation. The foundation promotes sustainable economic growth and empowerment in socially and economically disadvantaged communities and as highlighted in a rousing speech by Derek Moore himself to the teams at the end of the day. As part of that speech Derek highlighted that his foundation has plans to change the lives of many local communities.
For more information regarding what the Foundation is planning to achieve, please see the enclosed link
The team at WHA would like to thank everyone who attended this event, not only did we have so much fun, we are also pleased that the money raised is going to a worthy cause.
Our promotions team at WHA have produced a video which encapsulates the fun and laughter throughout the day.