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.
It didn’t take England and Saracens’ lock forward Poppy Cleall long to agree to become a didi rugby ambassador when asked.
Having begun playing the game she loves at the tender age of six at an after-school club, Norwich-born Poppy is one of life’s do-ers.
Raising money for charities has seen her trekking mountain ranges in Nepal and cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
On the pitch, Poppy has been equally ambitious and successful. A Grand Slam Six Nations winner with England and a World Cup runner-up, the back-row forward has just won a national title with Saracens after beating Harlequins 24-20 in a thrilling Tyrrells Premiership final in 2018.
She now shares the Saracens changing room with younger twin, Bryony and is happy they are on the same side: “We are very competitive and that’s why I have joined Sarries because I am not playing against her any more!”
The next generation
Poppy is a versatile forward and started all five games in the 2018 Six Nations playing at No.8, blindside flanker and second-row.
Having started playing so young, she believes didi rugby is doing a great job of spreading the game to the next generation and has been spending time with Ben and Sarries team mate Georgie Gulliver at the Bedfordshire franchise.
“When Ben and Georgie first took on the Didi rugby Bedfordshire, I couldn’t think of two better people to hang out with on a weekend and learn rugby with,” she said.
“I have seen the great work that didi rugby is doing through the photos and videos on social media and all the kids having a great time.
“So when they asked me to be an ambassador, I didn’t take long to reply. What’s better then getting to pick up a ball on a weekend and make some friends - whatever age you are!”