Waterlooville’s It’s a knockout event hailed a success

FUN DAY Seventeen-year-old Bea Waters from the Shorters and Friends team.    Picture: Paul Jacobs (112618-6)
FUN DAY Seventeen-year-old Bea Waters from the Shorters and Friends team. Picture: Paul Jacobs (112618-6)
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AN ACTION-packed community event inspired by a popular TV show has been hailed a knockout success.

The Acorn Centre in Waterlooville joined forces with Havant Borough Council on Saturday to once again organise It’s a Knockout – a day of fun based on the 1970s game show – where teams of youngsters competed in wacky challenges.

ALL TOGETHER Abi Shore, left, and Emma Frode.   (112618-1)

ALL TOGETHER Abi Shore, left, and Emma Frode. (112618-1)

The games put more than 150 young people aged between eight and 25 through their paces with a giant inflatable obstacle course where they had to negotiate foam and buckets of water.

This is the second year the event has been running, and chairwoman of the centre’s trustees Ann Waters said she hoped it could become a regular fixture.

‘It’s been brilliant seeing so many people taking part, we’re well up on last year,’ she said.

‘The great thing about this day is it attracts older teenagers and young adults, and can really bring the community together. It isn’t cheap but if we can find the funds I would definitely like to do it every year.’

To take part entrants paid £10 per team and a prize was awarded for the best-dressed group. Competing for the second time, 18-year-old Katy Ford said loads of her friends were taking part.

‘It was fantastic,’ she said. ‘You get to do all these crazy games and activities, everyone has a great time.’

The day was also supported by Awards For All and Wecock Community Association.