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.
Wales, Swansea and Ospreys Women forward Siwan Lillicrap became the first female to ever be invited to take a seat on the board of Swansea Rugby Club.
Her positivity is something that strikes a chord with chairman Stephen Hughes.
“Siwan is doing a brilliant job,” he said. “She is very good in the boardroom and brilliant on the pitch and she leads her team tremendously well.”
Team-mate Alecs Donovan is also full of praise: “She is a great role model and an outstanding player who earns the respect of everyone on and off the field.”
Swansea Rugby Club is not the only place where Siwan is well respected.
Since making her international debut against Ireland in 2016, she has been an integral figure in the Wales national squad in a competitive second row area.
Enjoy being pitch side
And her role as head of rugby at Swansea University means her experience is being put to good use developing those involved in the rugby programme.
“There is a wide variety of roles I do and I enjoy being pitch-side,” she said. “Girls have taken rugby up while studying here that have never played the game before.”
As an ambassador for didi rugby, Siwan will be helping Swansea and Ospreys team mate, Robyn Lock, the owner of didi rugby Swansea.
And, from her own experience, she knows the importance of getting youngsters playing the game and having fun.
“I used to be out in my wellies every Sunday morning watching my brother play and my father coach and I was always on the side of the pitch,” said Siwan. “I always loved the game and had a rugby ball in my hand whenever I could.”