Find a didi Rugby class in Hull at Active + Hull

Find a didi Rugby class in Hull at Active + Hull

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi Rugby classes at Active + Hull in Hull.
There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.
Our programme is designed to get kids active, teach them new skills and improve their co-ordination, speed and balance. It will also help them learn social skills while they have lots of fun in a positive, safe and friendly environment.

Active + Hull

Harpings Road
Hull
Yorkshire
HU5 4JF
About didi Rugby North Yorkshire and East Riding

Contact Emma Cutress – 07730 596663
emma.cutress@didirugby.com

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Find a didi Rugby class in Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Find a didi Rugby class in Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi Rugby classes at Lancaster Royal Grammar School in Lancaster and Kendal. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

Our program is designed to get kids active, teach them new skills and improve their co-ordination, speed and balance. It will also help them learn social skills while they have lots of fun in a positive, safe and friendly environment.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Main Sports Hall
East Road
LANCASTER
Lancashire
LA1 3EF

Ran by didi rugby Lancaster and Kendal
Contact Mike Donoghue – 07766 031384
mick.donoghue@didirugby.com

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didi rugby wins ‘Award For Excellence’ from Lifestyle Magazine

DIDI RUGBY WINS ‘AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE’ FROM LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE 
It has been a wonderful week for the didi Rugby team after the company picked up an award from a lifestyle magazine.

The Living in the Shires Magazine has presented didi Rugby with an ‘Award of Excellence’ for the ‘Tried and Tested Activity of the Year’.

Living in the Shires has a readership of over 30,000 people and it read by over 3,000 businesses.

The award is given for a high quality of service that the magazine believes didi offers to thousands of children and parents.

DIDI RUGBY WINS ‘AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE’ FROM LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

Honour to receive the award

Owner Vicky Macqueen said it was an honour to receive it.

“It is a fantastic feeling to get honoured for what you do and I am extremely grateful to the Living in the Shires Magazine for giving us recognition.

“The magazine is a well-respected part of the community covering business, lifestyle and leisure and for them to pick didi out of dozens of nominations is a huge feather in our cap.

“I am very proud of the team behind didi Rugby and for the coaches who promote our values around the country in our classes. This award is for all of you.”

didi rugby Reading joins the team!

We are thrilled to annouce didi Rugby Reading have joined the didi UK team under the awesome leadership of Craig Hunter.  Craig is currently Mini/Junior Chairman of Reading RFC, after five years of Club Chairman, his commitment and dedication to Reading Rugby Club is second to none.

Vicky – Founder of didi Rugby – said
” I am so excited to launch didi Rugby Reading with Craig Hunter at the helm, I know his passion and enthusiasm will ensure all the little ones of Reading get the opportunity to enjoy didi Rugby, and therefore get lots more children physically active and involved in our wonderful game!”

Craig said

“I was involved with football ever since I can remember and playing rugby was not really on the radar until the latter part of my time at secondary school, when I joined Reading RFC as a 14-year-old.

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.

didi rugby Reading joins the team!

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.

Wales Captain Joins didi Family

WALES CAPTAIN JOINS DIDI FAMILY

Following the huge success of our didi Rugby opening in Swansea, it is fantastic to welcome the Wales Women’s team captain, Carys Phillips as our latest ambassador.

Carys is a hooker for the national team and also plays for Bristol and the Ospreys.

The Cardiff Metropolitan University graduate is the daughter of former Wales international Rowland Phillips.

She won her first international cap against Ireland in the Six Nations in 2013 and has captained her country for almost two years, amassing 36 caps in the process.

Carys said she was delighted to become a part of the didi family because it provides such a solid foundation for stars of the future.

“didi Rugby is important because it focuses on young children. It encourages them to pick up a ball and learn some core skills while having fun at the same time,” she said.

“didi Rugby will be brilliant for women’s rugby because it ensures a bright future by getting girls to join begin playing and a fantastic sport.”

Carys is one of a number of high-profile sports women who have recently become ambassadors of didi to support the launch of the Swansea franchise.

MBE Non Evans was at the Swansea opening while women’s internationals: Alecs Donovan, Amy Evans and Siwan Lillicrap will be adding their energy to didi over the coming months.

Welcome to the team!

England International Hannah Field launches didi rugby Ascot and Windsor!

  • 11 England rugby caps
  • Current Harlequins FC player
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • British Red Cross Event First Aider
  • Teaching Assistant in a Special Educational Needs school for 5+ years.

Hannah has been a member of the didi Rugby team since April 2017 as head coach for the didi Rugby Harlequins division.

She is about to head-up the latest didi franchise to launch in the UK with the Ascot and Windsor branches set to provide quality coaching for children in the area.

Hannah has 11 caps for England’s Red Roses (5 for 15s, 6 for rugby 7s) and currently plays for the women’s branch of Harlequins in the Tyrell’s Premier 15s League.

She is a certified Level 3 personal trainer, as well as a volunteer first aider at the British Red Cross. She has previously worked with Abbey Ladies RFC and the Berkshire College of Agriculture 1st XV rugby team as a strength and conditioning coach, which has given her first hand experience of the need to develop key motor skills and athletic components during children’s early years.

Hannah says she cannot wait to get started spreading the didi values throughout Ascot and Windsor.

England International Hannah Field launches didi Rugby Ascot and Windsor!

“didi Rugby targets a crucial age in a child’s physical and social development,” she explained. “It increases children’s gross and fine motor skills as well as instilling rugby’s fundamental values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

“What I really love about didi’s framework is how although it has a rugby base to each session, it is not limited to rugby drills. Therefore, when leading a session, I feel encouraged to include a range of skills, such as balance, agility, co-ordination and even some movement work which you may expect to find in a gymnastics class!

“Most importantly, it is my aim for each child to have left the session having expelled some energy and with a big smile on their face.”

didi rugby announces a new Franchise in Swansea

didi rugby is proud to announce didi rugby Swansea which will be running under the awesome duo Robyn Lock and Andrew O’Sullivan who both live and breathe the core values that under-pin didi rugby.

They are super excited to start their didi rugby journey, already planning sessions at different venues with some dynamic and exciting coaches coming into the team!  ​Their ultimate aim is getting more children physiclly active and a part of the rugby family.

Vicky Macqueen founder of didi rugby said;

” I am so excited to have Robyn and Andrew on board, they are just perfect to run didi rugby Swanse, their passion and enthusiasm for getting little ones involved in didi rugby is awesome.”

” I cant wait to support them through their journey!”

Robyn began her rugby career at Swansea University having played netball for 10 years and went on to play for the Uni team, Swansea RFC and then the Ospreys. She is now a qualified Welsh Rugby Union coach.

“I have always been in love with sports, but rugby has been the one to help me grow as an individual,” said Robyn.

“Thanks to rugby, I am now more confident, happier and healthier and am surrounded by my friends all of the time. I love every second that I am in a rugby environment, whether that be recreational or competitive.

“My role as an Active Young People Officer has allowed me to witness the positive impact that play and physical learning can have on youngsters. By combining that with the experience and opportunities that rugby can provide, with an added element of fun, children will develop a positive association with physical activity.

didi Rugby announces a new Franchise in Swansea

“Just as rugby allowed me to grow, I believe that didi Rugby can help children grow too. I see didi rugby as a great gift to your child because you are enabling them to gain fundamental skills which will act as the building blocks their physical activity journey.”

Andrew started his rugby early on in his life, playing touch rugby for Glais RFC. He began to find his feet in his mid-teens and was selected for Swansea Schoolboys , as a prop.

Andrew is still an avid Ospreys fan and long-time season ticket holder at the Liberty Stadium and his passion for the game remains as strong as ever.

“I have always loved sport because it has created some of the best moments in my life, whether that is through the thrill of the game or more importantly, through the friendship and bonds the sport creates,” he said.

“For this reason, I believe so strongly in the didi Rugby programme. Getting kids to realise what a fulfilling life experience sport and physical activity can be as early as possible can only set them up for a physically, socially and mentally healthy life.”

“Opportunity to be an Athlete Mentor was a Privilege” – by Vicky Macqueen

Opportunity to be an Athlete Mentor was a Privilege” – by Vicky Macqueen

‘I was very privileged to be recently selected to be an athlete mentor for this year’s National School Games at Loughborough University.

The four-day event was a fantastic taste of a multi-sport event on a huge scale for young athletes. It basically amounted to a Mini Olympic Games!

The young athletes had come through several rounds of competition within the school games competition pathway before they reached the pinnacle of National school  games.  There were teams representing Ireland, Wales and the different England regions ; North, the Midlands, south east and south west . I got the privilege of working with them all…

The young athletes enjoyed the whole experience from wearing accreditation to gaining access to areas where media and press conferences are held.
Athlete mentors delivered sessions to inspire and motivate the athletes with the core values of the games such as: honestly, respect, team work, passion, determination and self-belief.

We also delivered an athlete mentor Q & A session to hundreds of athletes that opted for the workshop on ‘gaining the edge’.

It was a fantastic experience to be involved in such an occasion. I had the privilege to make an impact on the performance and experiences of young athletes that will remain with them throughout their career. Hopefully, it will also inspire them to achieve success in their chosen sport.

My highlight was when the Ireland squad won the final, and came running over to me to thank me for their talk in the morning which they say inspired them to victory!

I am not sure it was down to me but it was lovely that they felt that they had gained from me being there as a mentor for them. And it was great to know that I had made a difference to those determined young athletes”