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.
Born in Nuneaton, just up the road from the central hub of didi Rugby, Vicky Fleetwood is one of England’s most decorated players.
The 27-year-old hooker has 65 caps for her country and plays for Saracens in the Tyrrells Women’s Premier XVs.
As a child, she was the UK’s top junior hurdler but eventually got into rugby as a player at the age of 14 after being tired of watching her brother play.
Coming from the same Leicestershire School as Leicester Tigers and England international Manu Tuilagi, Vicky played for Lichfield before moving to Saracens after England’s World Cup final win over Canada, a game she started in.
She was an almost ever-present in the England side after making her debut in 2011 and she raced to 50 caps in just four years.
Having ran in just two tries in all of her opening 56 Tests, Vicky scored a hat-trick in the 29-15 win over Italy in the Six Nations – the first by a front-row forward in the history of the competition and all achieved within just 19 incredible minutes!
Away from the pitch, she is a personal trainer and a diet and nutrition advisor.
Vicky became a didi ambassador because the ethics and ideals of didi Rugby are perfect for children’s development.
“I am a huge supporter of didi Rugby because I think it is a fantastic way of getting children involved in sport and being active from such a young age. That is vital to their future development,” she said.
“Not only do didi’s staff work on their core skills such as handling, co-ordination and balance during educational games, they will also learn the values of rugby like respect and team work.
"In turn, this will build their confidence in their every day life whether the children go on to play rugby or not. didi Rugby will be a positive experience for everyone who gets involved."