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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 Reading celebrate an amazing year of growth with inaugural Presentation Day
A girl is happy at didi rugby Reading's Presentation Day
A girl is happy at didi rugby Reading's Presentation Day
The didi rugby Reading team have celebrated an amazing year of growth by holding its first franchise Presentation Day at Reading RFC.

Owners Craig Hunter, Donna Clark and Clare Swadling have seen classes grow at an incredible rate in the area while formal links have been built with local clubs like Aldermaston, Reading and Thatcham.

The team is starting to work with Crowthorne RFC soon too.

didi rugby Reading’s inaugural presentation day attracted over 45 children from their classes, along with parents and relatives who played their part in a day of fun, activities, certificates…and burgers!

“We are delighted that so many people came along,” said Craig. “We have had some positive feedback from the parents and some lovely comments on social media too.

School sessions


“We are hopeful of making it an annual event now.”

didi rugby Reading host 21 sessions a week at schools and venues across Berkshire and visitors on the day came from across that area.

“We held didi sessions for all three age groups on the day,” said Craig. “Every child got a didi medal at the presentations and we had a fantastic barbecue and photos afterwards.

The certificates were presented by Will Cowen who has been selected to represent GB at the Tumbling World Championships in Tokyo later this year. 

Role model


Craig said: “William is a fantastic athlete having achieved 5 National titles and 3 World gold medals at tumbling. He is the ideal role model for didi rugby Reading and everything we do.

“He needs support to get to Tokyo and we intend to help him as much as we can.”

“Thanks to John Newport, who took some great pictures for us. Andy Swadling and Roger Clark who did the barbecue - and our wonderful coaches Caitlin Clark, Joe Clark, Jeni Kingman and Andy Lester.

“Our coaches are fantastic people. They are all like-minded and we are always looking for more of them.”

If you want to join didi rugby Reading’s winning team, contact donna.clark@didirugby.com 

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