About didi rugby Harrogate
Lucy, Mike and Maisie Barnett – didi rugby Harrogate
didi rugby Harrogate, Lucy Barnett, Mike Barnett and Maisie Barnett are dedicated to helping children have fun, be confident and stay active for life.
With their rugby-playing skills and coaching knowledge from multiple sports, they have a passion to get children and young people involved in rugby and all sports, whether that be playing, coaching or refereeing.
didi rugby Harrogate is a family business and those family values are very important to us. It is one of our biggest motivations, which is one of the motivations we share strongly with didi rugby.
Our aim is to create a wider family of parents and children in the local community among which we can share the values gained from a lifelong involvement in physical education and sport.
We will have a supportive, caring, fun and creative environment for our members to enjoy and develop in. We will treat everyone with an individual touch and are passionate about the benefits of involvement in lifelong physical activity and health for all.
Our family team care about helping to develop confident children and believe the core values of rugby can help that development.
Mike Barnett says…
“I have been a primary and secondary teacher in both state and private schools, progressing to become a head of PE and games as well as a director of sport.”
“Alongside this, I played club and county rugby level and then moved into coaching at Championship men’s club level.”
“I progressed to coach the England Women’s A team, where I first met didi rugby founder Vicky Macqueen and was a member of the full England coaching team at the 2010 World Cup. ”
“I am an RFU level 5 coach, one of only 24 to have gained that qualification and am also a senior coach developer working in the RFU (Rugby Union) Coach Education programme.”
“In 2013, I was appointed as RFU Area Manager and in 2018 I moved into a new national position in rugby development as Age Grade Rugby Manager. ”
“As you may have gathered, I am rather passionate about rugby!”
Lucy Barnett says…
“I am a busy housewife with two lovely daughters, Maisie and Martha.”
“When they were younger, I was vice-chair of their school PTA and over the years, I have been actively involved in many local community projects and charities. ”
“Mike and I ran a successful children’s summer sports camp for five years at Harrogate Cricket Club which was great fun!”
“Six years ago, I took on the role of manager for a new women’s team at Harrogate RUFC, alongside Mike, in the role of coaching co-ordinator. The team started in the lowest league and have worked their way up to become a Championship side now.”
“We always encourage new player development and are now proud to also have a second team in the National Women’s League too.”
Maisie Barnett says…
“I am a fully qualified primary teacher with a degree in early years and am passionate about all aspects of children’s learning and development.”
“I also play women’s rugby for Harrogate Ladies 1st XV in Championship 1 North.”