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."
World Cup winner Heather Fisher 'can't wait' to enjoy didi rugby's Presentation Day
England Women’s international Heather Fisher says she “can’t wait” to be a part of didi rugby’s Annual Presentation Day.
The event will take place in Leicestershire at Hinckley Rugby Club – one of didi rugby’s partner clubs – on Sunday 7 July with all sorts of fun and games planned for what promises to be a spectacular day.
Back-rower Heather has been a didi rugby ambassador since the early days of the organisation and says she is really keen to come and meet the children, parents, coaches and franchise owners that are coming from all over the area.
The World Cup winner fully knows the value of sport and looking up to role models after overcoming some personal hardships as a youngster.
“Sport was the tool which kept me on the straight and narrow as a child,” said Heather. “There were role models I could look up to and it gave me the inspiration to try and prove to people that I could be someone.
“It also saved me from anorexia and it showed me that one voice to could make a massive different to a child - and that voice was not necessarily a parent or a relative.
“Sport and programmes like didi rugby give children confidence and keeps them active. If you can increase a child’s confidence, the rest tends to take care of itself.
“It’s important to remember that with self-confidence, kids believe they can be someone.
Make an impact
“I can’t wait to be able to meet people at the Annual Presentation Day. Maybe someone in my position can help if I can make an impact on someone else’s life by introducing myself and telling a bit of my story.
“didi rugby is about using sport as a tool so these kids can be confident and open up to people as they grow up.”
Heather is one of several didi rugby ambassadors who will be at Hinckley Rugby Club to meet, talk to and have photos taken with didi stars and their parents throughout the day.
This is didi rugby’s second Annual Presentation Day and attendance is free for all didi rugby stars who attend classes across the UK. Parents and family are welcome to attend and join in the fun.
All children will receive a certificate to mark their progress this year and all must be booked in on the day. Click here to book them in.
Presentations will get underway at 10.00am with breakfast served from 9.00am. To reserve either a full English breakfast including tea or coffer, priced at £5.00 – or a sausage or bacon cob, priced at £2.50, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and pay on the day.