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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

didi rugby and the Burford Academy announce first joint venture as a partnership
didi rugby have partnered with the Burford Academy
didi rugby have partnered with the Burford Academy
For the first time since confirming their partnership, didi rugby and the Burford Academy will join forces for a camp during the half-term break at Reading RFC.

On Wednesday 24 October, former England internationals Vicky Macqueen (owner of didi rugby) and Rachael Burford will be putting on a rugby camp for children aged between 18 months and 18 years of age.

didi rugby Reading will be running sessions for 18 months to six-year-olds from 10am to Midday, while Rachael and her team of experienced coaches will take 7 to 18-year-old girls from 9.30am until 3pm.

The aim of the camp is a driving force of both organisations and that is to get more young people physically active while learning the skills and enjoying the values of rugby.

Vicky said didi’s links with clubs around the country provide the perfect platform for children to play tag rugby when they are too old for didi classes.

And that the partnership with the Burford Academy would provide another high-class coaching option for didi graduates to continue their rugby journey.

Role models


“We are linking with the Burford Academy to ensure that girls get a chance to learn from their amazing coaches and role models,” added Vicky.
 
“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. 

“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 in our 40-minute classes.”
 
didi rugby Reading head coach Craig Hunter added: “We are delighted to be linking up with Reading Rugby Club and the Burford Academy to bring this partnership together on one place.”

Rachael said she believed it would be an exciting partnership and was looking forward to seeing it grow.

Positive effects

 
“We know the positive effects that rugby has on young people, providing a place where kids as young as 18 months to six years can join didi rugby to be active and have fun whilst learning fundamental development skills," she added.

"Now with the partnership we have put in place, young girls can continue from the age of 7 to 18 with the Burford Academy. It’s a great pathway and connection to keep kids involved and actively engaged in rugby.” 
 
“I’m excited to invite our current members to try out a free didi rugby taster session at Reading RFC for any kids aged 18 months to six years of age."

To book a free taster session with didi rugby, email Craig Hunter at craig.hunter@didirugby.com. The sessions will run as follows:
 
10.00-10.40: 18 months to 3 years
10.40-11.20: 3 years to 4 years
11.20-Midday: 4 years to 6 years
 
To book onto the Burford camp, email RB@burford12.co.uk or log on to www.burford12.co.uk

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