didi Rugby’s wonderful ambassadors share our passion for getting children involved in the sport of rugby.
They are also keen to promote the values that are right at the core of what we do.
We have Olympians, internationals, World Cup-winning players and coaches, British & Irish Lions and Aviva Premiership winners too, who are prepared to support us and give up their time as part of the didi family.
These ambassadors know exactly what is needed to get to the top – but they are also just as keen to promote the positive values of the sport to those children beginning their rugby journey with didi Rugby.
There are Women’s Rugby World Cup winners like Emily Scarratt, Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah Hunter.
World Cup-winning coaches like Gary Street and other professional coaches from the men’s game like Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers) and Graham Rowntree (British & Irish Lions, England and Harlequins).
Graham said he was a huge advocate of didi Rugby: “Having been involved with rugby at all levels my whole life, I totally believe that the values it instills in little ones to play fair, share with friends, and show respect for each other, as well as the obvious health and fitness benefits that are vital for youngsters.”
Leicester Tigers scrum-half Sam Harrison is still playing the game but is passionate about a didi Rugby class right on his doorstep which he takes his daughter to.
Away from rugby, former Leicester City and Scotland defender, Matt Elliott says he is a huge fan of getting kids involved in sport and author and broadcaster Rosemary Conley wanted to become an ambassador because it encourages a healthy and active lifestyle.
We are very proud to have such a large group of sporting professionals endorsing our didi Rugby programme.
Emily Scarratt has been a regular in the England side for a decade.
She first started playing rugby at the age of just five and it was the start of a beautiful relationship with a sport which has helped her travel the world playing Sevens and XVs for her country and winning numerous honours along the way.
Her most memorable day was the World Cup final in France in 2014 when she scored 16 points in England’s 21-9 win over Canada. It was a tournament she ended as top scorer with 70 points.
She has also won Six Nations grand slams, World Sevens Series tournaments and was England Women’s Rugby Player of the Year in 2013.
Emily was also the captain of Team GB in the Rugby Sevens at the Olympics in Rio in 2016 as the team finished just outside the medals in fourth.
She gave up her job as a PE teacher in Birmingham to become a full-time rugby player when professional central contracts were introduced and, having also taken up the game at such a young age, she knows all about the benefits of the sport to children.
“I just love the different elements of rugby,” she said.
“I played a lot of sport growing up but rugby has a bit of everything – you can kick, pass, run, tackle, there is an amalgamation of a lot of different areas of sport in one sport."
Meet more didi rugby ambassadors: Scarratt's England team mate Heather Fisher
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