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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."


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VIDEO: Leicester Tigers Sam Harrison says his kids love learning and having fun at didi classes
Leicester Tigers’ Sam Harrison knows from personal experience how important it is to be active in your formative years.

The livewire scrum-half was always a busy and sporty child and that gave him the grounding to go on and make a professional career in rugby with his home town club.

Now, the didi rugby ambassador is keen for his kids to follow a similar path in their formative years to give them a firm base from which to be active teenagers and adults.

And he says that getting them involved in didi rugby, near where he grew up in Hinckley, Leicestershire has been the ideal start, not just for their physical development.

“didi rugby gets my children communicating with other kids at an early age,” he said. “They probably don’t even realise it because they are having so much fun but they are learning all the time.

“They learn counting, numbers and all sorts of skills. Plus, they are getting into rugby as well which is a good thing.

Getting them active

“Getting them active at this age is the main thing. There is a lot of stuff said about diet and whatever but if they are active at a young age, which I always was, it puts you in good stead for when you are older.”

And coming from the same area of Leicestershire as didi rugby owner Vicky Macqueen, Sam is full of praise for someone he says he has a lot of respect for.
“Vicky has all the enthusiasm and she has started this from scratch,” Sam added. “It’s credit to her where it is now and there are didi franchises all over the country. It’s getting bigger and bigger and that is down to her dedication and enthusiasm.”

Watch: VIDEO - Hinckley RFC's George Chuter says didi link can provide first team of the future

Watch: VIDEO - Little Juliet makes special bond with ambassador Emily Scarratt at Enderby launch
didi rugby ambassador Sam Harrison
didi rugby ambassador Sam Harrison

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