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."
Women's World Cup-winning coach Gary Street to launch new franchise - didi Rugby Twickenham
England Women's World Cup winner Gary Street will launch didi Rugby Twickenham
England Women’s World Cup-winning coach Gary Street will head up the latest didi rugby franchise to launch.
didi rugby Twickenham will start with a bang when it holds its first sessions at the Twickenham Stoop - home of Harlequins RFC - on Saturday 19thMay.
And World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi will be there to lend her support for what promises to be a memorable launch party.
The fun and activities for all three didi age groups will begin at 9.00am and go right through to Midday.
Our 18 months to 3 years kids will be first, followed by the 3 to 4-year-olds with didi seniors (4 to 6 years) finishing things off.
Gary is the most successful England rugby coach of all time. As head coach of the England Women’s team from 2007, he led them to a glorious World Cup victory on France in 2014. With him in charge, England also won five Six Nations titles on the trot, four Nations Cups and four European Cups.
Proud to be involved with didi Rugby
Since leaving that role, he helped coach Aylesford Bulls to a league and cup double in 2016/17 and that side is now playing under the Harlequins banner in the Tyrrells Women’s Premier XVs. As part of an extended role with Quins, Gary has been working with coaches in the Developing Player Programme.
Bringing on young players has always been close to his heart and he says he is really looking forward to the launch of didi Rugby Twickenham to continue that drive.
“I am really proud to be involved with didi Rugby and to bring the values of the business to the Twickenham and Richmond area,” he said.
“It is fun and entertaining and a great way to get kids active in the sport.
“We look forward to getting to know lots more parents and children in the coming months.”
While Gary will front the coaching side of the franchise, he will receive support from Andrew Forsythe and Jonathan Palmer.
Andrew is a qualified rugby referee with a huge passion for the game and the values it promotes.
Inspired by the values
He won Referee of the Year for Leicestershire in 2016/17 and has refereed games with the likes of Ireland international Shane Byrne and Leicester Tigers full-back Tim Stimpson playing in them.
Andrew is also a qualified lawyer with 20 years’ business experience in the public and private sector.
Jonathan is married and a father of four who is passionate about the welfare of children and doesn’t mind doing some crazy things to prove it.
For his 40th birthday, he floated down the River Thames in a lorry wheel’s inner tube to raise money for the Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice in Hampton.
As you do!
Having been introduced to didi Rugby founder Vicky Macqueen, Jonathan was so inspired by the values of the business that he took on the franchise with Andrew and Gary to spread those values throughout Twickenham and Richmond.
If you and your children would like to be involved in the launch of didi Rugby Twickenham, book in for your free taster session, meet the team and come and have some fun with us.