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."
It will be a star-studded affair when didi rugby Gloucestershire launches on Sunday June 10.
Under the leadership of former England player Susie Appleby, didi rugby’s latest franchise is edging closer to a launch that everyone is looking forward to.
And, along with Susie, who earned 65 England caps during an 11-year career at the top and now coaches Gloucester/Hartpury in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, there will be plenty of well-known faces there to join in the fun.
Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman is the latest World Cup winner and Olympian to confirm her attendance and she will be joined by Natasha Hunt and fellow England star, Ceri Large on what promises to be a memorable and fun-filled day.
“It’s currently full steam ahead and we are all raring to go,” said Susie, who will be running the franchise with fellow director Suzanne Appleby-Jones.
“We are really excited about introducing didi rugby into The Forest of Dean and the rest of Gloucestershire.
“There is a lack of activities for young people in the area and we want to make a real difference to rugby clubs, schools, pre-schools, other local business and the community around us.
“Three schools have already decided to include didi rugby as part of their P.E. curriculum in the autumn term and we look forward to confirming more pre-school and school sessions in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to host our first didi rugby birthday party too!”
didi rugby Gloucestershire will launch at Lydney RFC and free taster sessions for all age groups will be available between 10am and Midday.
Parents are invited to book their child in and come along to see what didi rugby has to offer. The England contingent will be joining in too and will be available for photos and autographs throughout the morning. Classes will then continue at Lydney on Wednesdays and Saturdays and other venues are expected to be confirmed soon.
“Parents, schools and local businesses have already been incredibly enthusiastic and supportive and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible on June 10 and beyond,” added Susie.
To book your child onto a free taster session at didi rugby Gloucestershire’s launch, click here
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