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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

Children with disabilities will receive a warm welcome at new didi rugby Swansea classes
didi Swansea head coach Robyn Lock
didi Swansea head coach Robyn Lock
Children with disabilities will receive a special welcome at new classes that are being launched by didi rugby Swansea.
 
Sketty Park Community Centre will host didi disability sessions from Friday 14 September from 4-5pm.
 
All didi rugby classes are inclusive and welcome children with disabilities.
 
But didi rugby Swansea head coach Robyn Lock has decided to hold a weekly class aimed specifically at 3 to 8-year-olds whose parents may have been reluctant to take their kids to sporting classes in the past.
 
And it all started with a chat with a didi mum a few months ago.

Autistic son


“I had a conversation with one of the parents from our St Helens classes and she has an autistic son who has loved didi rugby,” she said.
 
“There are a lot of parents out there with kids who have disabilities who are not confident enough to take them to a classes like didi rugby.
 
“But I wanted to promote something that was for everyone and so we have decided to run this class.
 
“I have worked with Sport Wales and Disability Sport Wales to get things right.
 
“It will be aimed at 3 to 8 year olds but we want to also take kids who may be say, 11, but have a development stage of a younger child and give them a stepping stone into an active life.
 
“I like to think we are setting a trend for organisations to deliver disability classes.”

Disability classes

 
Robyn is keen that the Sketty sessions will build confidence, develop skills and create happy memories for those who attend and asks that any parent who wants to talk to her first before bringing their child is welcome to give her a call for a chat.
 
Robyn, who also plays for the Ospreys Women’s side launched the Swansea franchise in December 2017 and has driven its growth at a tremendous rate since she started.
 
She now runs classes at five venues in Swansea and has just expanded to Port Talbot, Neath and Llanelli too.
 
And she doesn’t intend stopping there.
 
“I had not planned to expand until 18 months down the line so I am really pleased with how things have gone,” she said. “It’s something that I am really proud of.
 
“We are the first franchise in Wales and we are setting the bar high.
 
“It’s a scary experience. I have friends who are buying houses and I am starting a business! But it is also very exciting. We are the only franchise offering didi rugby in Wales and I am ambitious about spreading the word of what we do.”
 
To book you child on a place at the Sketty classes or to find out more information, contact Robyn Lock on (07500) 060732 or email robyn.lock@didirugby.com.

Read more: Vicky's Blog - Getting kids active at a young age has huge benefits

Watch: VIDEO - didi ambassador Charlotte Pearce is keen to improve children's confidence and self-esteem
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