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 takes centre stage at Wasps Rugby and leaves everyone buzzing
didi rugby founder Vicky Macqueen is interviewed in the Wasps Fans Village
didi rugby stars and their parents made the most of a tremendous opportunity as they were able to show off their considerable skills in the Wasps Rugby Fans’ Village.
Before the Ricoh Stadium hosted Wasps’ Gallagher Premiership game against Newcastle Falcons, children throughout the didi rugby age group were invited to take part in classes that were played out in front of big crowds in high pre-game spirits.
Hundreds of children and parents visited the didi rugby area and joined in the fun with coaches and founder Vicky Macqueen.
didi rugby was invited to show what it could do after hooking up with Wasps Community.
Vicky was also interviewed during the day in a broadcast which was shown on the huge TV screens in the Fans Village – nicknamed the Wasps’ Nest.
didi rugby mascots Dougie and Daisy were spreading the fun too which was also enjoyed by franchise owners who helped put on a very busy class schedule.
And Wasps Rugby lock Marcus Garratt also popped in to meet children and parents, answers questions and have pictures taken with visitors.
Families from all over the country, who attend regular didi rugby classes then enjoyed free tickets to the game outside after the fun inside came to an end.
And feedback from the event on social media spread some wonderful pictures and thank-yous from happy parents.
One of them, Sarah Whitmore said her son had enjoyed a day he wouldn’t forget and posted on Facebook: “Zachy had the most amazing time at didi rugby’s demo day at Wasps.
“Thank you so much to Vicky and didi rugby, he is so happy!
“I have said it before but the impact Vicky and Emma have had on him through didi rugby is something else! His physical ability has come on massively!”
Vicky Macqueen said: “It was fantastic to be centre of attention in front of so many people who could see what didi rugby not only has to offer, but realise what it means to the children who take part in our classes all over the area and further afield.
“A big thank you to Wasps for having us and to the parents who bought their kids and came from far and wide to take part in our demos and classes.
“They were also able to enjoy free tickets to the Wasps v Newcastle game and I hope they had as good a time as we did.”