We are a group of passionate and dedicated people determined to get children active and teach them key life skills while they are having fun and gaining confidence in a safe environment.
Our 40-minute classes run in three age groups from 18 months up to six years of age and we build links with local clubs to encourage our didi kids' rugby experience to continue when they turn seven.
Parents and carers are a big part of what we do and we encourage their involvement during class sessions at the right time. We are not strict. We want didi kids to be happy and comfortable.
We firmly believe that encouraging children to get active at a young age will not only help them stay healthy but will increase their confidence and self-esteem as well as help interaction and engagement with other children.
didi rugby is a great stepping stone into team sports further down the line because we teach the values of respect, sharing and team spirit.
The business was conceived by former England Women's Rugby international, Vicky Macqueen, herself a mother of two young children. When she contracted a potentially life-threatening infection in 2013, doctors told her that her strong health and fitness levels saved her.
Since then, didi rugby has been a personal crusade to spread the benefits of health, fitness and activity to as many children and parents as she can.
Vicky's drive has helped attract numerous high-profile people from the sport of rugby and beyond to become didi ambassadors with the likes of Womens' World Cup winners Emily Scarratt and Katy Daley-Maclean, along with coaches from the men's game like Graham Rowntree and Geordan Murphy getting involved.
didi rugby is a franchise business which treats our teams up and down the country as one big family sharing training, ideas and best practice.
All of our classes offer free taster classes so parents and carers can see if their child enjoys what we have to offer.
We are very proud of the word-of-mouth recommendations we receive and here are just a few of the kind comments that have been sent our way by parents.
"It's a good form of exercise for them and incorporates a lot of games - that is why they enjoy it so much."
"It's not strict and they know they are always coming to have fun."
"It's not always about the game of rugby, it's about learning how to be with other children and that is really good for them."
"Their confidence has really grown. Not just in terms of their sporting abilities but for them as little people and how they interact with others."
The launch of didi rugby Stone and Stafford over the next few weeks has caused so much interest that extra classes are having to be put on to satisfy demand.
New franchise owners Mollie Latham and Ros Wiggins say they have been ‘blown away’ by the amount of parents and children who have signed up to attend what looks like being two memorable opening days.
didi rugby Stafford will go live this Saturday (26th) at Walton High School, The Rise, Stafford, ST17 0LJ, while next weekend (Sunday 3rd February) sees the launch of didi rugby Stone at Alleynes Sports Centre, Oulton Road, Stone, ST15 8DR.
Places are still open but they are becoming limited and that is even with extra sessions having been put on to make sure everyone who is interested gets a free taste of what didi rugby is all about.
With the aim of getting young children active and learning new skills and confidence while having fun in a safe environment, sessions are held in three age groups and they are 18 months to 3 years; 3 years to 4 years; and 4 years to 6 six years of age.
“It has been a crazy few weeks,” said Mollie. “The amount of people that have contacted us and asked questions trying to find out more about didi rugby has been overwhelming and humbling too.
“We have already got over 100 children across the two launches signed up to come and meet us and have some fun - so we are looking forward to meeting them and their parents and carers.
“There has been lots of interest from the local community and they have been really supportive of us too.
“We got to the stage where we were full for certain age groups and were putting people on a waiting list. But we didn’t want anyone to miss out so we decided to just put on some more sessions so everyone can join in.
“It has been going so well that three sets of parents have said they want to come to both launches! My phone has not stop pinging since we announced the launch dates. It’s just been madness!”
Ros and Mollie have also busy building links with Stafford RFC too and that could develop into a more formal partnership soon.
didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen will also be at Saturday’s launch, along with didi rugby’s fun-loving mascots, Dougie and Daisy.
Vicky said: “Mollie and Ros are well known in the area and have already been coaching didi rugby classes in Crewe and Nantwich and I have been delighted by how well their plans have been received by the local community.
“They have both worked very hard to get the word out there and the response has been simply incredible. I can’t wait to help them launch in both Stafford and Stone and am looking forward to getting lots of new didi stars active and having fun.”
If you would like your son or daughter to come for a free taster session at the launches of Stafford or Stone, please click on the following links.
Register for a place at the didi rugby Stafford launch (Jan 26)
Register for a place at the didi rugby Stone launch (Feb 3)
Alternatively, contact Mollie at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07710 263213 with any question. She will be happy to help.
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