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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 'graduates' Alfie and Archie Parr have come a long way on their rugby journey
Former didi stars Alfie and Archie Parr are now at Hinckley RFC
Former didi stars Alfie and Archie Parr are now at Hinckley RFC
Two young twins from Leicestershire have already come an awful long way on their rugby journey.

At last year's annual didi rugby Presentation Day, twins Alfie and Archie Parr 'graduated' after years in the didi programme.
 
They joined partner club Hinckley Rugby Club to continue their rugby journey and have just celebrated a wonderful first year in the set-up.
 
It's a club that has dozens of former didi pupils in its ranks.
 
Alfie and Archie's mum, Clare has paid tribute to the role that didi rugby has had in her boys' development, not only in terms of the skills they have learned, but also in the confidence and friendships they have made along the way.
 
"We are so proud of the twins and how far they have come with their confidence and skills since starting didi rugby back in 2015," she said.
 
"All of the fantastic activities and experiences they had has fully prepared them for their next step at a big club in the Under-6s.

Flourished

 
"They have flourished at didi rugby and have continued to do so at Hinckley which has been wonderful to see."
 
didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said it has been 'truly wonderful' to watch two kids she has watched grow up in Hinckley-based didi classes over the years now enjoying their rugby in a minis section.
 
"I have to admit that I always get a little tear in my eye whenever I see former didi pupils playing at clubs like Hinckley," she said.
 
"There's a special place in my heart for Alfie and Archie because they have been with didi almost since the first day we launched.
 
"It's always sad to say bye to some lovely children when they get too old for our classed but the reason we partner with local clubs is to provide them with a natural progression into tag rugby. And so it's incredibly satisfying to see them doing so well when they move up."

Watch Alfie and Archie's emotional 'graduation' last season...



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