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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

Amy Cokayne and Charlotte Pearce set to help launch didi Rugby South Warwickshire on May 13
England hooker Amy Cokayne is set to be at the didi Rugby South Warwickshire launch
England hooker Amy Cokayne is set to be at the didi Rugby South Warwickshire launch
England Women’s duo, Amy Cokayne and Charlotte Pearce will be bringing an international theme to the launch of didi Rugby South Warwickshire on Sunday 13 May.

Amy and Charlotte will be welcoming visitors and getting to know didi’s latest young stars as they kick-off what is set to be a fun morning at Kenilworth Leisure Centre.

didi Rugby South Warwickshire owner Kiri Bennett, herself a Great Britain universities international, will be leading the sessions which will run across all three age groups from 9am.

She will also be supported by dad and fellow coach, Rich, along with didi Rugby owner, Vicky Macqueen.

Kiri’s mum and daughter will be joining in, along with friends, family and what looks set to be dozens of new didi children and parents who have signed up for the taster sessions.

The 18 months to 3 years class will take place between 9.00 and 9.40.

The 3 to 4-year age group is 9.40 to 10.20, before the older 4 to 6-year-olds finish things off from 10.20 to 11.00.

Great mentor and coach

Kiri says she cannot wait to get going after months of planning with the didi franchise support team.

“I have had amazing support from Vicky. She has been there every step of the way to ensure everything is ready and running smoothly,” said Kiri.
“She is a great mentor and coach and I am very excited to be working alongside her to grow the didi Rugby family.
“I would also like to mention Sanchia and Denise for helping so much with the set up and for their constant support throughout!”
The launch will take place at Kenilworth Community Centre, Abbey End Car Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1QJ.

To book your child onto any one of the three free taster sessions mentioned in this story, click here.

Read more: New Yorkshire classes lauched at Beverley Rugby Club - book here.

Read more: Learn more about Kiri Bennett and the people behind the launch of didi Rugby South Warwickshire

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