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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

Former England player Susie Appleby to launch new didi Rugby Gloucester franchise
Susie Appleby will launch didi Rugby Gloucester
Susie Appleby will launch didi Rugby Gloucester
Former England Women's player Susie Appleby will launch the latest didi Rugby franchise.

Set for its opening in June, didi Rugby Gloucester will become the 11th franchise to set up in the UK under the guidance of business owner Vicky Macqueen.

During a long and distinguished playing career, Susie earned 65 caps for her country between 1994 and 2005, played for England at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was also involved in the national 7s set-up.

She played for Leeds, Saracens and Clifton (Bristol) Ladies before moving into coaching.

Susie was involved in coaching the Engalnd 7s squad for 10 years and, as head coach, has just guided Gloucester-Hartpury to the semi-finals of Tyrrells Premier 15s. She is also an RFU Level 4 coach.

Strong sporting background


A proud wife and mother, Susie knows the full value of a healthy lifestyle with such a strong sporting background and is keen to pass those values on to children in Gloucester and the surrounding area.

“I knew Vicky had an amazing idea and, having watched didi Rugby grow on social media, I was keen to discover what provisions there were for very young kids out there,” said Susie. 
 
“I want to combine the passion I have for rugby with getting very young children active and Vicky’s enthusiasm for didi Rugby and life in general enticed me into it.
 
“didi allows children to pick up a rugby ball and have fun, develop friendships and be able to play from a very young age.
 
“I really think this could be amazing for the area because it is a place with very strong rugby traditions and we have already had some good support.”

More details about the launch date, class venues and bookings will be released soon.

Read more: didi Rugby owner Vicky Macqueen completes an emotional London Marathon

Read more: Meet our amazing didi Rugby ambassadors
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