To get as many children involved in didi rugby to create active, confident and skilful children which inspires a healthy active nation. Above all... didi rugby should create a happy fun environment for children and their parents or carers.
We want children from as early an age as possible to become physically active and therefore form good life long habits in relation to physical activity that will help them in later life.
That was 41 years ago. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to play for Reading RFC from Under-15s through to Colts and 1st XV level and have also represented Berkshire at Colts level too.
I retired from playing due to injury but I continued my connection and have been part of running the club in many capacities, mostly in a voluntary capacity.
I have had the privilege of being club chairman for five years and over the last three years, I have held the post of youth chairman; this most recent role is something I have really enjoyed; watching the young future players learning to develop and love the sport.
Over this time I have witnessed how rugby and its core values, TREDS – Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship - have literally changed lives and created life-long friendships, not only at Reading but across the world. My recent trip to New Zealand to watch the British & Irish Lions reinforced this!
At Reading RFC, we provide many variations of the game for boys, girls, men and women – the latter through a highly successful girls section, which is growing all the time.
Over the last few years, we have added Walking Rugby, and currently I am involved in developing Berkshire Banshees Wheelchair Rugby Club, for the county of Berkshire and surrounding areas.
Like many clubs, we provide youth rugby from the age of Under-6, however one area we have not managed to cater for is the Under-5s - until now that is.
Having been introduced to Vicky Macqueen and didi Rugby, I firmly believe what she is offering is an excellent developmental programme for children from 18 months through, until they start at Under-6s or Under-7s at club rugby.
I am delighted to announce that didi Rugby is coming to Reading and will be launched in February 2018, at Reading RFC and the surrounding areas. The aim is to offer educational, developmental and fun sessions to as many young children (boys and girls) as possible, to help start their love of sport and activity.
This is open to all children from 18 months; you don’t need to be from a rugby family and may know nothing about the sport, but if you are looking for something to engage and excite your children from an early age, why not let them have a go and have a little taste of the sport we love so much?
We invited Geraldine Ross - Head of Schools Westwood Farm Schools Federation - to let us know what she thought of a taster session we held at a school recently.
She said: "We had a taster session of didi Rugby at our school with Vicky and Craig recently. Although we already had rugby sessions with our older children we were a little unsure how it would work for our 4 and 5-year-olds in our Nursery and Foundation classes but we were reassured in a very short time.
"Right from the start, the children were engaged and enthused; they got to have their own tiny rugby ball and learn how to hold, throw and kick it whilst learning about their own space and others around them.
"The sessions are really tailored to the youngest children and the coaches managed their needs exceptionally well - even those children with specific special needs.
"This is something that is really different as there isn't much out there like this - particularly aimed at the youngest children in this way. We have already signed up to regular sessions and are very excited!"