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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

Rural Oxfordshire will host the latest didi rugby franchise launch in September
didi rugby Chipping Norton owner Amy Pinfold
didi rugby Chipping Norton owner Amy Pinfold
Rural Oxfordshire is the venue for the latest didi rugby franchise launch in September.
 
didi rugby Chipping Norton will be arriving in the busy and lively market town and the person behind it is full of passion for what she is doing.
 
Sport has always played a huge part in Amy Pinfold’s life, having always taken the chance to play numerous sports from a very young age.
 
It was actually the round ball that first caught her attention and earned her a place on the teams of Chelsea Ladies FC and Coventry Ladies FC before she developed a passion for coaching.

Coach children

 
Amy qualified as a football and a rugby coach and, after becoming a qualified secondary school teacher, she went to the USA to coach children between the ages of 3 and 16.
 
Rugby has dominated her passion in recent times though because of the values it promotes throughout all levels of the game and that ‘family feel’ is one she is keen to spread during her time with didi rugby.
 
“I am truly passionate about promoting physical activity for young people, with fun and enjoyment being at the forefront of that,” said Amy.
 
“Through my role as a PE teacher, I have seen at first-hand how important it is that young people are provided with opportunities to experience a wide range of activities that not only bring about the fantastic health benefits, but the social skills and confidence growth that it encourages.

Excited for launch day

 
“didi rugby represents all the things I feel passionate about, with enjoyment and child development being at the heart of it all. 
 
“I am super excited for launch day! Rugby is a very popular sport within the area and that passion has been handed down from generation to generation. 

“I am so excited to be able to work with parents and children from around here, giving them the tools to be active, learn key skills and have some fun! 

“The support of the local community will be important and I can’t wait to get things up and running.” 
 
didi rugby owner Vicky Macqueen said: “Amy has just the right background to make didi rugby Chipping Norton a big success and we will be right behind her to make sure that happens.”

More news on the venues of didi rugby Chipping Norton and how to book classes will appear on the website over the coming weeks and on Facebook @didirugbychippingnorton.

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