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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

New didi rugby Bosworth franchise owner keen to spread 'important life skills'
didi rugby Bosworth owner Matt Stubbs
didi rugby Bosworth owner Matt Stubbs
There is no chance of new didi rugby Bosworth franchise owner Matt Stubbs losing drive and energy for any of his classes.
 
His history of physical activities makes many of us look like Sunday strollers!
 
A former PE teacher and director of sport in Leicestershire Secondary Schools for over 20 years, Matt loves all sports and is a huge advocate of keeping fit and active.
 
He has played rugby and football locally, taken part in triathlons and sailed a yacht through Canada and America. 
 
Matt’s love of sport has given him some of his greatest achievements in the life and seen him overcome some ‘fantastic challenges’.

Inspire others


Now, he is keen to inspire others to develop a lifelong affinity with a fit and healthy lifestyle and the benefits associated with that.
 
With a young son, Matt says the values of didi rugby fit in perfectly with his outlook on life and he is excited to grow
 
“After the birth of Noah in 2014 it was important to us to introduce him to sport from a young age,” said Matt.
 
“We were really impressed with the principles of fundamental movement that didi rugby is built upon, and knew it would aid Noah's physical literacy. This solid foundation will benefit him in participating in any activity in the future.
 
“Noah’s confidence has grown massively over the last two-and-a-half years that he has been coming to didi classes in Leicestershire and he loves the feeling of achieving success.

“The pride we have felt as a family in watching him make progress each week is overwhelming. This has all taken place in a fun, positive and safe environment.
 
“All parents should have the opportunity to see their child flourish and develop at an early age, like we have, and this is why I want to further develop the didi rugby brand and give more access to families in Leicestershire and the surrounding area.

Rewarding future

 
“didi rugby will enable your child to identify with physical activity from an early age and this most important life skill will stay with them forever and equip them for a rewarding future.
 
“The successes they achieve will see their confidence soar both physically and socially. I hope the local communities will support and identify with the huge benefits for their children.”
 
didi rugby owner Vicky Macqueen said: “Leicestershire is a traditionally strong rugby area and Matt is the ideal person to help grow the county’s love of the game with the latest generation.
 
“He is extremely enthusiastic and has great drive and dedication. He has also seen at first hand the benefits that didi rugby has brought to his own child’s development and so has experience of what works within the didi set-up.

"Matt used to be a work colleague of mine when we were both heads of PE at local high schools in Leicestershire so it is great to be working alongside him again." 

“We are thrilled that Matt is on board and the didi team will be right behind him to help him further develop didi rugby Bosworth.”

Matt's class venues will be announced shortly.

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