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."
Excited children have a blast at first didi rugby Crewe & Nantwich Schools Festival
Tarvin Primary School pupils enjoy the didi rugby Crewe & Nantwich tag festival
Excited children from four schools in Cheshire had a blast when didi rugby Crewe & Nantwich held its first schools festival.
Tarporley High School was the venue for an afternoon of fun and activity based around the core values of didi rugby, which is now growing at a rapid rate in the north west of England.
Schools taking part in the event were: Tarvin Primary, Bunbury Aldersey Primary, Eaton Primary and Delamere Primary.
Katie Heirene, the owner of the didi rugby franchise in Crewe & Nantwich said it was a pleasure to see so many Key Stage 1 children playing rugby-based games and enjoying themselves.
“The event took place after school and all of the children taking part were brought to Tarporley High School by their parents, who stayed to watch and support their kids," said Katie.
“We split them into groups and did warm-ups, evasion games, obstacle courses and had a skills zone to teach things like catching and handling.
“At the end, we gave out some awards out for traits that are core values of both the Rugby Union (RFU) and didi rugby, like sportsmanship, team work and respect.
“The teachers and the parents that were there were tremendously supportive too which helped to make the festival such a success.
“It was great that KS1 pupils were able to come to an event off-site and play a sport which was new to many of them and one which they seemed to really enjoy playing. Not only was it good fun for them, but it will be good for them to get used to playing sport tournaments as they get older.
“I was grateful for the support of five volunteers from the high school, who were all members of the rugby team, and a student teacher during the day.
“And the event wouldn’t have been possible without our partnership with the Sandstone Schools Partnership and their schools sports co-ordinator, Kaeti Breward. The schools which took part were a real credit too.”
The day was the ideal warm-up to a much bigger one that will take place after the summer holidays.
The didi rugby Crewe & Nantwich Festival will take place in school time on Tuesday 24 September and will involve over 200 children from over 25 schools across two days.
Are you involved with a school, pre-school or nursery who would like to benefit from a free didi rugby taster session in your setting? Click here and visit our website to find out how to book one.