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."
Vicky's Blog: The Level 4 RFU coaching course is teaching me so much
Vicky Macqueen at the RFU's Level 4 coaching course
didi rugby owner Vicky Macqueen writes...
I am lucky enough to be midway through my Level 4 RFU coaching course – the highest level you can reach in the UK.
The latest part came last week at Loughborough University and lasted 3 days.
It is a steep learning curve and an extremely thorough test from start to finish. I am nine months into an 18-month course.
It’s a privilege to be doing it with some very talented people from the men’s and women’s game in this country. Most of us are ex-players.
We help each other, drive each other on and always offer support.
Application for Level 4
It started when I was asked to submit an application and be interviewed to see if I was suitable for the Level 4 course.
I had done my level 3 and that was a serious test too. During that time, I had been head coach of Hinckley RFC men’s side from 2012 to 2014. I learned an awful lot during that spell.
I continued coaching at Lichfield Women's team (when they were in the Premiership) as coach and a player/coach, and I was at Loughborough University coaching with Graham Smith (ex-England women coach) in 2016/17.
This coming season, I will be back at Hinckley with the men, assisting and supporting director of rugby George Chuter, which I am very much looking forward to.
And while the new season pans out, I will be completing the rest of the tasks, workshops and camps they have lined up for us all with Level 4.
There is a three-day camp as well as three camps lasting two days each.
We also spend a day with England men during the autumn internationals, which will be a fantastic experience seeing up close and personal how Eddie Jones and his team work.
By the end of the 18 months, I’ll have learned an awful lot to do with leadership and management, skill acquisition, performance analysis and everything a director of rugby needs. I am learning both the physical and psycho–analytical side of so many parts of the game on and off the field.
It has been a great experience so far and I feel that I am always learning something.
I also know it’s a process that so many great coaches have been through and I also know how beneficial it will be for me in terms of continuing to grow didi rugby in the future.