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."
Hinckley Rugby Club in Leicestershire has seen an explosion of children joining the youngest age group and club coaching co-ordinator Tom Kilburn has praised didi Rugby for its role in that rise.
In fact, so big has been the increase in numbers at the club’s junior set-up, they have decided to form a new age group of Under-6s to accommodate the extra children.
The majority of those additional members have come from didi Rugby classes in Hinckley and Burbage.
Tom explained that Hinckley RFC were not only delighted with the new players that had joined but were very impressed with the skills the Didi Rugby graduates had already picked up at such a young age.
“This season at Hinckley Rugby Club, we have seen a fantastic influx of young players and that has led to us having to re-think our offering,” he said.
“A normal yearly intake of Reception and Year 1 tends to be around half a dozen and they are normally siblings of older children who have trained with the Under-7s.
“This season has seen 40 children of this age range join us so we have had to create a brand new age group of Under-6s.
“I have been really impressed with the ability of these children, most are in possession of great motor skills, with the ability to listen and follow instructions well.
“The major positive I have found, is they can already catch and pass which helps a long way to making our sessions active, purposeful and enjoyable.
“The children that have graduated along the pathway are true testament to the fantastic work that Vicky Macqueen and her team are doing at Didi Rugby.”
Vicky is the founder of Didi Rugby and said she was delighted that so many children had taken the natural pathway and joined club rugby after enjoying their sessions with Didi.
“It is our goal to teach the youngsters as much as possible during our sessions and hope that they have enjoyed themselves so much by the time they reach the age of six, they decide they want to keep playing rugby at a club,” she said.
“To hear that so many children from our Hinckley and Burbage classes have joined Hinckley Rugby Club is heart-warming for all of us involved in those classes."
“And to receive such kind words from Tom about the levels of skills the children already have is obviously a great testament to the programme we are running. Long may it continue.”
John Tilley, the chairman of Hinckley RFC added: "The great thing about didi is that they work within clubs like ours to produce the next age group of kids ready to leap into Mini Rugby. Its like a production line of smiley faces!"
If you would like to try a free taster session at a Didi Rugby class close to you, find out where we are based: http://didirugby.com/find-a-didi-rugby-class.php
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