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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

Continuing expansion in north-west for didi rugby as Chester classes open
didi rugby is coming to Chester and interest in the upcoming classes is already growing at an incredible rate.

Having advertised launch party sessions for all three age groups just a couple of weeks ago, franchise owner Katie Heirene is considering putting on more classes because some of the scheduled ones are already full!

Sessions will get underway on Sunday 15 September at 9.00am and will take place at Chester Rugby Club after a partnership was formed between them and new didi rugby Chester owner Katie Heirene.

It's the latest partnership between a didi rugby franchise and a local rugby club with the goal of not only forming stronger links with the sport in the community - but to also provide a seamless pathway for children when they become too old for didi rugby at the age of 5 or 6 and move up into the club's minis section.

Katie says she can't wait to get the classes up and running and share the fun and success she has enjoyed since beginning her didi rugby journey in the Crewe and Nantwich area.

Fantastic club

"I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing didi rugby to Chester, especially given that we will be based at Chester Rugby Club itself," said Katie.

"It is a fantastic club with a thriving youth section that we are delighted to be able to add to by offering our classes for boys and girls from as young as 18 months.

"We launched in Crewe and Nantwich last September and have been overwhelmed with the response. Both the classes and schools programme have been hugely popular and we were even able to run our first Key Stage 1 rugby festival for local primary schools at Tarporley High School last May.

"didi rugby helps us to inspire more kids to get active and hopefully begin an interest in all sports. It is also a great way for parents to spend some quality time with their didi stars.

"Probably the most rewarding thing about didi rugby by far has been watching the confidence of our didi stars soar. After just 12 months, many of them are now participating in games and activities independently with their friends, even those in the Under 3s class!

Growing bond

"It really is an incredible transformation, the growing bond between class mates and their coaches has been a wonderful thing to watch, both for me and the parents. And seeing red, sweaty and smiley faces at the end of a didi rugby session is always a satisfying feeling. If we can achieve this, we know we have done our job!"

To book your child in for a free taster session at Chester Rugby Club, follow this link.

As well as the classes in Chester, Katie is also opening new lessons in Sandbach at the Sandbach Health and Fitness Centre.

Classes get underway from Sunday 8 September from 8.50am.

To book your child in for a free taster session, follow this link.

Find out more about Chester Rugby Club here.

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Katie Heirene having fun with her didi rugby stars
Katie Heirene having fun with her didi rugby stars

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