There are three different age ranges in our didi rugby program, but these age boundaries are very flexible and are based on the individual’s ability and confidence as opposed to their chronological age. This ensures that the program is personal to every child.
In all sessions there are two coaches to ensure that the session gives every child some all important one to one attention and tuition in each class, ensuring that even the shyest child feels part of our friendly team.
18 months - 36 months
This program aims to work on the basic components of fitness in terms of balance, co-ordination, speed and strength using lots of play and fun with rugby as our tool to deliver these skills.
didi mini is also a completely educational experience where we focus on learning colours, numbers, body parts and much more whilst they are playing.
Your child will take part in an active fun filled session which encourages positivity, team play, resect and sportsmanship. To instil these values early in life has proven to enhance our future sportsmen and women, and to encourage lifelong participation in physical activity. You are required to engage with and support your child in this age group to encourage them to play and take part.
3-4 years old
This program follows on nicely from our mini program and aims to fill the gap between toddler play and school age games. We aim to further develop the basic underlying components of fitness in terms of balance coordination, speed and strength using play and rugby as our tool to deliver these skills.
didi junior continues to have an educational theme alongside developing their rugby skills they will also be furthering their numbers, sequencing, understanding of rules and starting to understand concepts of play
These sessions are skill and game based sessions that will ultimately lead them to take part in rugby and/or other game activities where hand eye coordination, speed, balance and core skills are required. You are encouraged to watch from the side and encourage their child, getting involved if necessary to support.
4-6 years old
This is our final stage of didi rugby and is really a stepping stone into the under 7 rugby playing age and/or other game activities.
didi Senior encourages small-sided games that enhance the basic underlying components of fitness, but also enhance the understanding of the basic concepts of rugby. We play small sided games and teach your child to make decisions about where and when to pass, how to play with their team mates and start to show and understand that practice is required to get better at skills.
Children are taught skills but also to understand why and how they use these skills within a game situation. We will use tag rugby belts to enable the transition to under 7s rugby easier.
The didi senior program is a fantastic educational package that teaches rugby skills, whilst incorporating learning through play. You are encouraged to stay and sit on the side to watch and support your child in the session.
my inspiration ...
It all started back in 2012, some years since Vicky Macqueen had retired from international Rugby Union, having qualified as a level 3 rugby coach and having a successful career as a rugby coach rather than a player.
humble beginnings ...
It was that moment in her life after having her 2 children in 2015 she wanted to create an environment where children could enjoy a love for physical activity from a very early age, with the desire that it will promote a lifelong passion for exercise later in life, which is vital for health and wellbeing. Vicky had a serious life threatening infection in November 2103 in which she spent time in intensive care. When in recovery she was told by consultants that her fitness levels saved her life, this has only inspired Vicky further to spread the gospel of health and fitness to little ones all around the world.
She set out with the purpose that the children should take away from each session confidence, self-esteem and have had fun, this should define the core of all the activities, all wrapped through the tool of rugby.
To drive a sense of belonging to a group with a positive experience for the children something Vicky feels strong about which she gained from her international days as a England rugby player.
It is in the summer of 2015 didi rugby was conceived, starting in May with one session and 8 didi rugby stars, still in its infancy but now 800 didi rugby stars each week, in 3 regions of the country enjoy and have fun at a didi rugby sessions just over one year from its conception.