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."
Launch of didi rugby Stone and Stafford will be sprinkled with stardust
didi rugby Stone and Stafford owners Ros Wiggins (left) and Mollie Latham
There is a certain amount of stardust sprinkled over the upcoming launch of didi rugby’s latest franchise.
didi rugby Stone and Stafford will be run by the dynamic duo of Mollie Latham and Ros Wiggins.
The launch in both areas will take place on the weekend of 26 and 27 January, 2019.
Ros has a mass of experience in women’s rugby and disability sport, while Mollie was crowned National Rugby Awards Female Player of the Year just over three months ago.
It was an astonishing evening for Mollie at Twickenham when she was given the award in recognition of her outstanding work at Crewe & Nantwich RUFC.
The awards are held annually to recognise the work of rugby players, coaches and volunteers in the game across the UK. Mollie beat over 400 other applicants, including players from the Tyrrells Women’s Premiership, to the award.
The Nantwich News reported at the time: “Judges commended Mollie for her performances on and off the pitch, with her work across the wider club giving her the nod over some stiff competition from all corners of the country.”
While Crewe & Nantwich RUFC Chair, Nik Joyce said: “She’s an amazing role model throughout the club and an incredibly modest person, so for her to have recognition on a national scale is a huge honour for her and so well deserved.”
didi rugby is delighted that someone with Mollie’s background will be putting her efforts into launching the businesses’ latest franchise.
She has been playing rugby since she was 10-year-old and was responsible for setting up the now flourishing Women’s team at Crewe & Nantwich, which also contains didi rugby Crewe & Nantwich franchise owner, Katie Heirene.
But Mollie is not the only member of the didi rugby Stone and Stafford team with a huge amount of the right sort of experience behind her.
Ros also started playing rugby before her teenage years and was captain of the women’s team at Bangor University. She has also developed an extensive knowledge of disability sport, activity provision and pastoral care during a business career away from the playing field.
Mollie and Ros have been coaching the didi classes at Reaseheath College for the last months so already know the businesses’ core aims of getting kids active and having fun.
didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said she was delighted to welcome the new team to the didi family.
Passion for active kids
“Their passion for getting kids active and their enormous experience with the early years age group, really sets them apart.
“I really love their vision and they have been a brilliant asset to the coaching team at Crewe and Nantwich before taking on their own area. I am so excited for their launch on 26 January.”
** The Stafford launch will take place on Saturday 26 January at Walton High School in Stafford between 9.30am and 11.30am. **
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** The Stone launch is set for Sunday 3 February at Alleynes Sports Centre on Oulton Road in Stone from 9.30 to 11.30am. **
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Direct bookings for both venues will soon be live at www.didirugby.com. Contact email@example.com for enquiries before then.