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September 2018

Rise of competitive socialising

My Night Out Was Better Than Yours!

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The Rise of Competitive Socialising

At first glance, the phrase ‘Competitive Socialising’ may evoke the idea that somewhere, socialites keep scorecards, recording all their activities to compare with friends and family to decide who is topping the most exciting life leaderboard.

To some degree, this is true, as a society we are constantly hungry for new experiences and we seek out adventures and activities that stray away from the norm. With the rise of social media; friends, existing and future, and potential followers can witness you taking part in the newest events, making it seem that you are the first to know about and take part in these newly discovered crazes. It makes sense that venues are popping up all over the country to tap into this trend and reap the benefits. Activities such as Axe-Throwing, Competitive Beer Pong, Batting Cages and Urban, Alcohol-fuelled Crazy Golf are just a small few of the available pastimes that can be found within the Manchester postcode alone.

With this influx of places offering these events, you might find that the team-building event you used to begrudge going to with work has had a significant upgrade. There’s a new element that makes that night out with friends a lot more exciting; that you’ll be sharing stories about weeks later. Weekly date night is now a chance to bond over new shared experiences, instead of deciding which film you should see this weekend. Everyone in the party can spend time learning a brand-new skill or sport that leaves them feeling accomplished.

Alongside this, all the traditional elements of a social get-together; good food, a bar and great company, have all now become the accoutrement that is served alongside or following the competitive activity.

It could be considered that the concept of competitive socialising isn’t new at all, as we’ve always had access to bar sports such as darts or snooker, pool or bowling, whilst having a few drinks or alongside a burger. But now we are experiencing a surge in unusual and more exciting activities that were previously unheard of or inaccessible, they certainly weren’t found next door to your favourite bars or eateries.

For a time at least, competitive socialising appears to be sticking around. Fresh and novel pastimes seem to be created almost every weekend, with more innovative companies stamping their claim into the alternative sports and games arena and creating more opportunities for us all to have fun. The hosts of these types of establishments are making serious waves in the UK Leisure market, and demanding that others follow.

We are excited to see what other ideas spring up in the United Kingdom and beyond, but also where competitive socialising will lead us as it continues to break away from the norm. Every weekend there is always something different to take part in, more stories to tell, skills to learn and new things to try.


Written by Ben Cross

Two handed axe throwing

How to do a two handed throw with an axe

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Last time we checked out how to do a one-handed axe throw. This time we are taking a look at the two-handed throw. In many ways, the two-handed throw is easier than the one-handed throw. Our marketing executive almost exclusively throws two-handed.

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Stand behind the throwing line with your feet close together. When you throw you will want to be balanced.
Place two hands on the axe with the thumb of your top hand going up the haft
Raise the axe above your head. Make sure you don’t hit yourself in the head because that hurts.
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Make sure the axe is in the middle of your body and you are facing where you want the axe to go.
Shift your weight on to your front foot and bring the axe out to the front at the same time. You will need to step forward with enough force to get the axe to the target
Release the axe in the direction you want it to go.
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Remember your arm is doing the aiming and the power comes from the step.
Smash a bullseye!

Now you know the basic steps for nailing the two-handed axe throw but our instructors will be able to tailor the throw to suit your needs.

Here’s a video on throwing a two-handed throw.

Baz - axe throwing league extraordinaire

It’s an addictive feeling to get that perfect throw!

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Four

This is it, our final interview with our league members. To see this series out, we’re hearing from Baz. We chat about his time in the Whistle Punks Axe Olympics, and who he thinks would win in an axe-throwing duel between himself and Druss the Legend!

What was it that first attracted you to the league?
I’d been in before for a normal session. After that, I was pretty much hooked. I just wanted to throw more axes and sink them into the wood. It’s such an addictive feeling to get that perfect throw and watch the targets disintegrate as you get better. It’s so satisfying to wear out a bullseye that you want to do more of it.

What was the highlight of the league for you?
It has to be competing and winning in the axe Olympics. It’s a game we sometimes play after all the serious competition has finished for the evening and there is time left for fun and games.
With axes laid on the floor on each lane, the rule is you must do a different throw or trick-shot for each axe. By running across the lanes, the winner is the person who throws all the axes fastest, but there is a catch. Depending on where the axe lands on the board determines how many points you score.

By scoring points with trick-shots, the final total at the end gets converted into the number of seconds that is knocked off your overall time. You’re encouraged to throw the axes quickly, but accurately as well. If you throw the axes quickly but miss every target, you might get beaten by someone who completes slower but nails every shot. We had four different throws; the underarm throw, reversed axe throw, two axes simultaneously into two targets, and throwing for 7s. I landed all of them in the fastest time, and I kicked everyone’s ass!

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?
There is a lot of support and encouragement between the league members. There are always people cheering you on when you’re competing or if you land a difficult trick-shot or manage to accurately smash a seven-pointer again and again. It’s great having that comradery, and a sense of belonging. Everyone is included in this WhatsApp group we have, and we keep in touch regularly and plan events away from axe-throwing too. The staff are always really helpful too. Some days you might come in and the axes just aren’t falling right, but they will always make sure you start nailing bullseyes after a bit.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?
Just do it! You won’t regret it. It gets to the point where even on a Tuesday you’re missing axe-throwing already and you’re looking forward to next Monday when you get to throw axes again. You get passionate about it. Some members have even gone out and bought their own axes to bring in and practice with.

If you could be any axe-wielding character from fiction who would you be?
Druss the Legend from the David Gemmell books. He’s just an infinite badass, but I’d still beat him at axe throwing.

Check out the details for the league here.

See our previous interview with Matt here.

Written by Ben Cross