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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

Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas becomes a didi Rugby ambassador
Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas has become a didi Rugby ambassador after meeting Robyn Lock (left).
Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas has become a didi Rugby ambassador after meeting Robyn Lock (left).
It is a huge honour to welcome Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas to our growing list of didi Rugby ambassadors.
Gareth was keen to become more involved and help children become more active after visiting Robyn Lock at the Swansea classes of didi.
He was there as the host of a BBC programme previewing the 2018 Six Nations tournament to recognise Robyn’s services to the sport in Wales.
Excited by what he saw, Gareth agreed to become a didi ambassador and will now join the didi family and bring all his enthusiasm and experience to the set-up.

Incredible try-scoring record

With 100 Test match caps to his name, Gareth was the most-capped Wales rugby union player until he was overtaken by Stephen Jones in 2011. Gareth is the second-highest Wales try-scorer behind Shane Williams.
His club rugby saw him become influential for the likes of Bridgend, Cardiff and Toulouse and as an almost ever-present international, he lit up stadiums the world over with an incredible try-scoring record.
He also captained the British & Irish Lions in the second and third Tests on the 2005 tour of New Zealand.
Nicknamed ‘Alfie’, Gareth moved into broadcasting and the media after his retirement from the game. He was an analyst on the 2011 and 2015 World Cup and has also appeared on mainstream TV shows like Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing on Ice.

Read more: Want to see who else is a didi Rugby ambassador?

Read more: BBC cameras arrive to surprise Robyn Lock at didi Rugby Swansea

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