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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

Parent Simon has some advice for parents wondering whether didi rugby is for their child
This proud didi rugby parent has some advice for other parents who are wondering whether to send their child to a didi class.

Simon Boxall is a father with a son who has come through the didi rugby system.

Now, William has not only moved to a rugby club to continue his education, he loves most sports and is at his happiest when he is being active and running around having fun.

So for parents asking: "How do I get my child more active at home?", Simon has an answer.

"didi rugby makes him more active at home because he wants to get out in the garden and play by passing and kicking a ball around," said Simon.

Improve every day

"But it's not just about his growth with rugby. He is really into sport in general.

"As a parent, I have seen him grow and improve day on day and his reflexes and speed are coming on all of the time."

"They should definitely just try it." he said. "No matter what sport they might end up wanting to do. Rugby or not. didi rugby builds up their appetite for being active, having fun, friendships and fitness. It's really fantastic."

Read more: See what other parents think of didi rugby.   

Watch more: VIDEO - This emotional story explains the drive behind didi rugby

didi rugby parent Simon Boxall
didi rugby parent Simon Boxall

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