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."
All set for the launch of didi Rugby Bedfordshire on Sunday 8 April
Children have fun at a didi Rugby Bedfordshire class
The launch of didi Rugby Bedfordshire is set to take place amidst a host of smiling faces this Sunday 8 April.
The latest didi franchise will formally kick into action after weeks of planning and gaining support from the local community.
The launch takes place at Biddenham School and will see all three didi age groups catered for on what is expected to be a fun and active morning for both children and parents.
Didi Rugby owner and former England international Vicky Macqueen will be helping support the opening day and Bedfordshire’s head coaches, Ben and Georgie Gulliver will make sure there is no shortage of rugby knowledge on show.
Ben has enjoyed a 15-year career as a professional rugby player for clubs like Bedford Blues, Leicester Tigers and Cornish Pirates, while wife Georgie has played in the Women’s Premiership for 10 years and earned 37 England caps too.
The three classes taking place will see the 18-month to 3 years age group run from 9.00-9.40, the 3 to 4-year-old age group go from 9.40-10.20 and then the 4 to 6-year-olds finish things off from 10.20-11.00.
Ben works at Biddenham School and is looking forward to the day in what will be comfortable surroundings.
“We have had a lot of support from our two venues of Biddenham and Bedford School and have also had a lot of interest from parents, children and local businesses too,” said Ben.
“We are very excited to get going having seen how well the launches of didi franchises have been going around the country over the past six months.
“It has also been interesting to talk to owners and coaches of didi franchises around the country in the build-up to the launch and they have all been very helpful and supportive.
Big support network
“We go into this knowing that there is a big support network there for us, not only from Vicky and the company but from other didi coaches around the UK who are as excited as us to be getting children active and having fun with them.
“Myself and Georgie love seeing the kids grow in confidence and interacting with one another and we can’t wait to start things off with a bang on Sunday.”
Vicky said she was looking to seeing all of Ben and Georgie’s hard work put into practice.
“They have both been great to work with while we have been setting up the latest didi franchise and both share our passion for the values and energy we are trying to bring to young people.”
Contact Ben on 07890 538446 if you and your child want to see what didi Rugby is all about at Biddenham School on Sunday.