didi Rugby’s wonderful ambassadors share our passion for getting children involved in the sport of rugby.
They are also keen to promote the values that are right at the core of what we do.
We have Olympians, internationals, World Cup-winning players and coaches, British & Irish Lions and Aviva Premiership winners too, who are prepared to support us and give up their time as part of the didi family.
These ambassadors know exactly what is needed to get to the top – but they are also just as keen to promote the positive values of the sport to those children beginning their rugby journey with didi Rugby.
There are Women’s Rugby World Cup winners like Emily Scarratt, Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah Hunter.
World Cup-winning coaches like Gary Street and other professional coaches from the men’s game like Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers) and Graham Rowntree (British & Irish Lions, England and Harlequins).
Graham said he was a huge advocate of didi Rugby: “Having been involved with rugby at all levels my whole life, I totally believe that the values it instills in little ones to play fair, share with friends, and show respect for each other, as well as the obvious health and fitness benefits that are vital for youngsters.”
Leicester Tigers scrum-half Sam Harrison is still playing the game but is passionate about a didi Rugby class right on his doorstep which he takes his daughter to.
Away from rugby, former Leicester City and Scotland defender, Matt Elliott says he is a huge fan of getting kids involved in sport and author and broadcaster Rosemary Conley wanted to become an ambassador because it encourages a healthy and active lifestyle.
We are very proud to have such a large group of sporting professionals endorsing our didi Rugby programme.
Alecs Donovan fought back from two years out with a serious injury to earn her Wales debut off the bench in the Six Nations against Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Having spent so long on the sidelines after rupturing an Achilles Tendon, the former hockey and netball player, who began sporting competition as a toddler, would have enjoyed her first run-out in national colours more than most.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Alecs. “I could not have wished for a better first cap. It’s surreal.
“It’s important that Women’s rugby teams play in stadiums like this and it’s important to get that recognition.”
Swansea team mate
A Swansea Rugby Club team mate of fellow didi rugby ambassador Siwan Lillicrap and didi rugby Swansea owner Robyn Lock, Alecs certainly did not waste her time while she was away from rugby.
She found that yoga was a great help during her rehab and is now giving everyone else the opportunity to enjoy that too having set up a business called Yogability.
“Rupturing my Achilles, meant that the one thing I could do was yoga. At first I couldn’t understand how on earth people, three times my age, were better than me, more flexible, stronger and healthier than I was,” said Alecs.
Stronger and fitter
“After just two years of yoga, I can now understand the importance and the benefits it brings. All athletes, especially those rehabilitating from injury would benefit from yoga and others who are interested in general fitness and their well-being would gain so much from the teachings and benefits of yoga.
“I am stronger, fitter and so much more flexible than I was two years ago, which helps me avoid the unnecessary tightness that leads to injury.”
So Alecs knows all about the importance of good preparation for future success. So being an ambassador for didi rugby is the ideal match!