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A warm welcome to didi rugby

We are a group of passionate and dedicated people determined to get children active and teach them key life skills while they are having fun and gaining confidence in a safe environment.

Our 40-minute classes run in three age groups from 18 months up to six years of age and we build links with local clubs to encourage our didi kids' rugby experience to continue when they turn seven.

Parents and carers are a big part of what we do and we encourage their involvement during class sessions at the right time. We are not strict. We want didi kids to be happy and comfortable.

We firmly believe that encouraging children to get active at a young age will not only help them stay healthy but will increase their confidence and self-esteem as well as help interaction and engagement with other children.

didi rugby is a great stepping stone into team sports further down the line because we teach the values of respect, sharing and team spirit.

The business was conceived by former England Women's Rugby international, Vicky Macqueen, herself a mother of two young children. When she contracted a potentially life-threatening infection in 2013, doctors told her that her strong health and fitness levels saved her.

Since then, didi rugby has been a personal crusade to spread the benefits of health, fitness and activity to as many children and parents as she can.

Vicky's drive has helped attract numerous high-profile people from the sport of rugby and beyond to become didi ambassadors with the likes of Womens' World Cup winners Emily Scarratt and Katy Daley-Maclean, along with coaches from the men's game like Graham Rowntree and Geordan Murphy getting involved.

didi rugby is a franchise business which treats our teams up and down the country as one big family sharing training, ideas and best practice.

All of our classes offer free taster classes so parents and carers can see if their child enjoys what we have to offer.

We are very proud of the word-of-mouth recommendations we receive and here are just a few of the kind comments that have been sent our way by parents.

"It's a good form of exercise for them and incorporates a lot of games - that is why they enjoy it so much."

"It's not strict and they know they are always coming to have fun."

"It's not always about the game of rugby, it's about learning how to be with other children and that is really good for them."

"Their confidence has really grown. Not just in terms of their sporting abilities but for them as little people and how they interact with others."


didi Rugby News Flash

didi rugby launch in Highnam was so much fun that children didn't want to leave!
The launch of didi rugby classes in Highnam
The launch of didi rugby classes in Highnam
Some children enjoyed the opening class of didi rugby Gloucestershire’s new sessions in Highnam so much that they stayed for all three classes!

And if the launch at Highnam Community Centre was anything to go by, there looks like being plenty of children and parents around to enjoy the fun in the coming months.

The franchise’s co-owner Suzanne Appleby-Jones said there was a great atmosphere around the launch and that many of those who attended have said they will be back for more after seeing what didi rugby had to offer.

“The opening sessions were great fun, well attended and our lead and assistant coaches Keith Smith and Shannon Stroud were fabulous,” said Suzanne.

“Some children enjoyed it so much that they stayed for all 3 sessions!

Proximity to Gloucester

“We have some 'sign-ups' already and are expecting more this week and beyond.

“We believe that our Highnam centre is going to be a great success and due to its proximity to Gloucester, we also look forward to building links with Hartpury College and Gloucester Rugby.”

Suzanne added that local didi rugby ambassadors Ceri Large and Natasha Hunt have both said they are keen to add their support to sessions in the near future.

Classes will run every Saturday from 9am to 11am. To book your child in or to try a free taster session to see what all of the fuss is about, visit our Find A Class widget. 

didi rugby Gloucestershire also run classes at Cinderford RFC on Dockham Road and Lydney RFC on Regent Street.

Watch: VIDEO - Parent explains why her twins love didi rugby so much

Read more: Five reasons why your child should try didi rugby


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