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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

didi rugby launches children's reading book called 'Dougie Can Catch'
didi rugby founder Vicky Macqueen with Dougie Can Catch
didi rugby founder Vicky Macqueen with Dougie Can Catch
didi rugby has released a children’s reading book to accompany its learning and activities programme.

Dougie Can Catch tells a tale of a young boy gaining confidence after being encouraged to learn how to catch balls by his friends and family.

The book’s lead character is based on one of didi rugby’s fun-loving mascots, Dougie.

Dougie Can Catch will be making an appearance at classes all over the country in the coming months and will be available to buy soon too.

Core values

The book fits in with didi rugby’s core values of teaching children to learn confidence and have fun in a safe, sporting environment.

It has been written by one of didi rugby’s longest-serving franchise holders, Robyn Lock, and beautifully illustrated by Chris Embleton-Hall.

Robyn owns didi rugby South Wales and also plays for the Ospreys Women’s side.

“It’s amazing to see it in print,” she said. “I can’t wait to read it to the children in our classes across Wales.”

Colourful book

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen was also delighted to get the colourful pages into her hands.

“The character of Dougie was named after my late grandfather and so there was a little tear in my eye when I first saw the book,” she said.

“We wanted to release something to give parents another medium to teach their kids the value of having a go at new things and hopefully gaining in confidence from learning new skills as they do so.

“The book can be read and enjoyed by children and parents alike and we are excited to get it read by as many didi stars as possible.”

Read more: Festival shows what an impact didi rugby is having on local partner clubs  

Watch: VIDEO - Why we all love didi rugby 

Find out more about the book's illustrator Chris Embleton-Hall

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