About didi Rugby Gloucestershire
Suzanne Appleby-Jones Director (Business and Administration) – didi rugby Gloucestershire
Suzanne is a former Physical Education teacher, rugby player and National League hockey and cricket player.
She is also a musician, proud wife and mother.
A few words from Suzanne
“As a former PE teacher I have a passion for sport, particularly rugby. I’m really excited about introducing didi rugby into The Forest of Dean and the rest of Gloucestershire. There are a lack of activities for young children in the area and I look forward to making a real difference to rugby clubs, schools, pre-schools, other local business and the local community. “
Susie Appleby Director (Coaching) – didi rugby Gloucestershire
During a long and distinguished playing career, Susie earned 65 caps for her country between 1994 and 2005, played for England at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was also involved in the national 7s set-up.
She played for Leeds, Saracens and Clifton (Bristol) Ladies before moving into coaching.
Susie was involved in coaching the England 7s squad for 10 years and, as head coach, has just guided Gloucester-Hartpury to 4th place in the Tyrrells Premier 15s. She is also an RFU Level 4 coach.
A few words from Susie
“I knew Vicky had an amazing idea and, having watched didi rugby grow on social media, I was keen to discover what provisions there were for very young kids out there,” said Susie.
“I want to combine the passion I have for rugby with getting very young children active and Vicky’s enthusiasm for didi rugby and life in general enticed me into it.
“didi allows children to pick up a rugby ball and have fun, develop friendships and be able to play from a very young age.
“I really think this could be amazing for the area because it is a place with very strong rugby traditions and we have already had some good support.”