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A warm welcome to didi rugby

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."

 

didi Rugby News Flash

didi ambassador Non Evans given a lovely reminder of why she got involved
Niamh Tainton enjoying didi rugby
Niamh Tainton enjoying didi rugby
Ambassador Non Evans has been given a lovely reminder of why she got involved with didi rugby in the first place.
 
Non is one of the most recognisable sporting figures in Wales who ended a stellar international career after the 2010 World Cup with 87 caps and 64 tries for her home country.
 
She became a didi rugby ambassador after becoming aware of the work didi founder Vicky Macqueen was doing to promote activity among young children – a theme that is also close to her heart.
 
And a picture text from friend David Tainton the other day made her realise just why she agreed to do so.
 
The picture showed his daughter Niamh enjoying all the fun of a regular class in didi rugby Reading's Blue Coats School.

Children's development

 
Without Non knowing, Niamh and her brother Noah have been attending didi rugby classes for a while now. And there is more to the story as their father David thinks didi rugby has been amazing for his children’s development.
 
Non explained: “My friend sent me a picture of Niamh with a rugby ball in her hand and told me all about how much her and her brother love going to classes in Reading,” she said.
 
“David said that didi rugby is the best thing that has happened to them and they are both so excited for every session they go to.”
 
Vicky said the texts and pictures from Non had ‘given her goosebumps’.
 
“Non is such an amazing personality and so to get texts from her with a lovely story like this made me melt,” said Vicky.

Spreading didi rugby

 
“The guys down in Reading are doing an amazing job at spreading didi rugby far and wide throughout the region and are clearly making a big hit with Niamh and Noah as they do so!”

didi rugby Reading's Craig Hunter said: "They are great kids and Noah was one of the dozen or so children that started when we set up in Feb 2018. He's been with us ever since.

"They always have fun and do it with a smile on their face. Noah's sister comes and watches him and, when there's a chance for her to join in, we always give her a ball and let her run around."

Watch more: VIDEO - didi rugby mascots Dougie & Daisy light up a birthday party

Read more: didi rugby family blog - The value of resilience for parents and children! 

Read more: Meet our didi rugby ambassador Non Evans
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