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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: Great support from schools and children make didi rugby's first tag festival a huge success
Dozens of school children had a fantastic time as didi rugby held its first schools tag festival in Leicestershire thanks to great support from Hinckley & Bosworth School Sport and Physical Activity Network (HBSSPAN).

Having formed strong links with Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, the event was set-up by didi rugby and HBSSPAN to promote fun and activity for Year 1 and 2 school children in the area.

didi rugby CEO Vicky Macqueen said events like this were a natural progression as the company began delivering classes at more and more schools in the area. 

HBSSPAN’s School Games Organiser, Steph Tirrell was behind her organisation’s part in the day, which took place at Hinckley Rugby Club – a didi partner club.

“It has been a brilliant day and it is so nice to see children enjoying themselves and playing rugby, which is what we want,” said Vicky.

“Today is about the transition from didi rugby to tag rugby with lots of former and current didi players taking part and their little brothers and sisters watching them.

“I have seen lots of kids who used to go to didi rugby when they were a year or two younger and it has made my heart melt seeing them do so well.

School links

“Steph has been brilliant encouraging the link between us and the schools in the borough and we will continue to support them and vice versa.”

Steph said teams had come from all over the district to enjoy the day with parents and teachers.

“It has been good fun with many of the children getting a first taste of a competitive but friendly festival with invasion games," said Steph.

“They have been learning and showcasing footwork, agility, hand-eye co-ordination and team work. If you can build those things in early, it is going to really benefit them in later life.

“We have also seen values like determination, honesty and a bit of passion too!"

Watch: VIDEO - Why do we all love didi rugby?

Read more: Read about didi rugby's links with local schools, pre-schools and nurseries

School children at the didi rugby tag festival
School children at the didi rugby tag festival

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