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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."

 

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Vicky's Blog: Festival shows the huge impact that didi rugby's partnership with local clubs is having
Former didi rugby stars are now playing for local clubs like Hinckley RFC
Former didi rugby stars are now playing for local clubs like Hinckley RFC
I attended a mini rugby festival the other weekend at my local club, Hinckley RFC.

It’s one of the clubs that didi rugby have partnered with to provide a place to send any children that come through the didi ranks when they become too old for our sessions.

It enables us to make sure our didi stars can continue their journey in our wonderful sport with a club that we are sure will continue their development as they grow from six and seven year olds.

The festival was well attended as I expected in a county like Leicestershire where junior and mini rugby flourishes.

Tremendous skills


What really struck me, however, was the amount of children in the Under-7s section with Hinckley shirts on. They had five teams of eight players entered for the competition and most of them were faces I recognised from didi rugby classes.

It was wonderful to see and I don’t mind admitting that it bought a tear to my eye on several occasions seeing children that I had coached enjoying their rugby, demonstrating some tremendous skills and showing the values of respect, team work and friendship that we hold dearly at didi rugby.

It is certainly not about winning at that age but it was nice to see how well the Hinckley teams were doing and what skills their players were putting on show.

Positive effect


A couple of parents and coaches from other clubs there were very complimentary and came up and asked: “What are you doing with your children?”

Days like that proved to me the value of what we are doing at didi rugby and just how much of a positive effect that can have on not only the children we teach and their parents, but also the local clubs who want to partner with us in the local vicinity.

I like to think that we are inspiring the next generation of rugby players and it is so important to create those links with local clubs so our children have a seamless transition from didi classes to tag rugby and maintain that passion for what they are doing.

We all have our part to play.

Read more: Vicky's Blog - Yoga in India gave me a wonderful time for reflection

Watch: VIDEO - Why we all love didi rugby
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