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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

VIDEO: didi rugby stars takes centre stage at Wasps Rugby Fans' Village
didi rugby stars took centre stage at Wasps Rugby's Fans Village before a Gallagher Premiership game at the Ricoh Arena.

Following an invite from the Wasps Community team, founder Vicky Macqueen and a number of coaches from didi rugby franchises around the country demonstrated the classes that thousands of children around the country are now enjoying.



Young didi members had great fun showing off their skills and confidence in front of a good crowd at the 'Wasps Nest'.

Some didi stars were interviewed and shown on big screens around the Fans Village.

Then, children and their parents were able to go through and watch the game between Wasps Rugby and Newcastle Falcons.

Parents made comments like: "Louie loved the didi rugby session and his first ever rugby match. Thank you for the experience."

"We had an amazing time"


And: "We had an amazing time, having our rugby class at the club before we went outside to watch Wasps play their match. My 4 year old twins enjoyed shouting and cheering on the team. Thank you didi rugby."

It was the second consecutive year that didi rugby has been invited to appear at Wasps Fans Village and with classes held in nearby cities, towns and villages like Coventry, Kenilworth, Market Bosworth, Lichfield and Nuneaton, it was no surprise there was such a big turn out.

With links at many of the country's leading Gallagher Premiership clubs, a similar experience could be coming to other areas soon.

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen thanked everyone who came to make it such a memorable day.

"It was great to be able to showcase just what didi rugby can offer on such a big stage. The children, parents, coaches and frnachise owners had a blast and I want to thank them all for coming."

** Find out more about the work of Wasps Community **

Watch more: VIDEO: The story of how didi rugby began over a chat in a rugby club.

Read more: Vicky's Blog: 'Time in India gave me an amazing chance for reflection'.

 
didi rugby takes centre stage at Wasps Rugby
didi rugby takes centre stage at Wasps Rugby
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