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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's newest franchise set for May launch in Lancaster
didi rugby Lancaster's Mike Donoghue
didi rugby Lancaster's Mike Donoghue
The head coach of didi rugby’s latest franchise is no stranger to coaching the sport he loves.

Mike Donoghue will be launching didi rugby Lancaster, due to start in May, with wife Fiona.

A local to the area having been born and raised in Lancaster, Mike has spent a career in the army on service all around the world from Bosnia to Afghanistan.

And he has played and coached rugby in many of the places he has been stationed at.

Having captained at Colts level for Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Mike played civilian rugby for Newbury RFC and Thatcham RFC before embarking rugby assignments across the globe.

Deployment to Iraq

While posted in Cyprus, he captained the Episkopi Garrison rugby team and after a deployment to Iraq, represented island-wide combined Armed Forces teams too.
After qualifying as a coach in 2014, he coached both the Station (Tri-services) and Army Regimental rugby teams to success and then, while in Italy in support of NATO, he coached Serie B Italian team Varese Rugby and then the Royal Engineers team upon his return to the UK.
Now Mike is taking on a whole new coaching challenge with children but it is one he is immensely looking forward to see take off and grow in the area where it all began, Lancaster.

He's excited to be going back to his roots. And the RFU-qualified Level 2 coach, who has a son called Edward (2), says he can’t wait to get started.

Passion for rugby

“I am really looking forward to using my knowledge, skills, experiences and passion for rugby to didi rugby Lancaster and across the local area,” he said.

"I am very excited about the upcoming launch and I am keen to spread the word about the benefits and opportunities that didi rugby will bring to the local community." 

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said: "Mike is certainly not short on rugby experience is he?"

"He knows the area he will be working in really well and is very passionate, not only about the sport of rugby but also about getting children active and having fun. 

"I know he is going to make a big impact when didi rugby Lancaster launches."

For more details on didi rugby Lancaster and to book your child in for a FREE taster session, contact mick.donoghue@didirugby.com

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