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."
The driving force behind didi rugby Cobham was 'born with a rugby ball in her mouth'!
didi rugby Cobham
The driving force behind the launch of didi rugby’s latest franchise, based at Cobham Rugby Club in Surrey, says she was ‘born with a rugby ball in her mouth”!
Vicky Alexander is a New Zealander who came over to England to play women’s Premiership rugby and did so very successfully for both Wasps and Richmond.
When she finished playing, Vicky moved into coaching and, after four years of developing a community set up at the club, she will now be leading didi rugby Cobham with the full support of the host club right behind her.
The launch on Sunday 9 June is something that both Vicky and everyone involved with the club are very much looking forward to because the didi values fit in perfectly with what the club are trying to achieve.
“I was brought up with rugby and in my early years, I didn’t know any other sport existed!” said Vicky. “We are born with a rugby ball in our mouths in New Zealand!
“Children at English schools always go out to play with a football. But I feel so passionately that every child should be given the opportunity to experience rugby because it is such a great sport with great values. We will be giving children that chance through didi rugby.
“I first met didi rugby founder Vicky Macqueen through the sport and was looking to get involved in something like this for a while. I did my research and the fit with didi looked perfect for the values we have at Cobham and the sort of things that our community wanted.
“A lot of work has gone into our relationship with the local community over the past four years and I have been working really hard to ensure that our work with schools in our area is in line with Ofsted. That is something that Vicky has been doing since she set up didi rugby.
“The fit with didi rugby felt in line with everything that I believe in.
“It was not a hard sell to the club either. didi rugby is run with the same beliefs as the club and the way in which it wants to develop. It was such a natural progression.
“Cobham have been 100% behind me and I could not have asked for a more supportive club. It has not been hard work to introduce new ideas and they have backed everything I have come up with.”
Cobham Rugby Club is a huge part of the local community in the heart of Surrey.
It runs four senior teams and large minis and youth set-up which goes from Under-5s right up to Colts.
Set up in 1930 with a proud history, strong rugby values permeate the club at all levels and those values will blend perfectly with didi rugby when classes begin.
And there is plenty planned from the word ‘go’ with six sessions a week expected after the launch, May half-term camps, summer holiday activities and then a further kick-on in September when school term time resumes.
didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said she was extremely excited at what is in store for didi rugby Cobham after the launch.
“Vicky and everyone at the club are hard-working and dedicated to bring the sport to as many youngsters as possible,” she said.
“Cobham is a club with a rich heritage and the values it holds fit in perfectly with the driving force behind didi rugby.
“With Vicky’s passion and knowledge a huge driving force, I am sure the franchise is going to go from strength to strength and didi HQ will be right behind them every step of the way.”
Find out the latest from didi rugby Cobham by following them on Facebook and book your child in for the launch and upcoming classes across all three didi rugby age groups by visiting our bookings page.