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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 South Warwickshire launches with England Women's duo having fun too
Owner Kiri Bennett (left) with Amy Cokayne and Charlotte Pearce
Owner Kiri Bennett (left) with Amy Cokayne and Charlotte Pearce
didi rugby South Warwickshire is up and running after a fun-filled launch day at Kenilworth Community Centre.

Some exciting new friendships were born when children and parents from all three didi class age groups turned up for a free taster session under the guidance of franchise owner Kiri Bennett.

And the day was made even more special with a visit from England Women's rugby duo, Amy Cokayne and Charlotte Pearce who helped deliver the classes.

And Amy took to social media to say what a good time she had had: "It was great to be a part of the launch of didi rugby in Kenilworth with Kiri," she said. "It is such a great prgramme for all involved and even us big kids sharpened up our skills!"

Kiri thanked everyone who took part in a day which has kicked off the South Warwickshire franchise in style.

Lots of happy faces

"We had a fun-filled morning with lots of happy faces," she added. "England Internationals Charlotte Pearce and Amy Cokayne were brilliant and offered their top coaching tips to all the new players, lots of friends and family turned up and having didi owner Vicky Macqueen there was great too because she has given constant support.
"We hope to see you all again next week at either St Martins Church in Finham on Saturday or Kenilworth Community Centre on Sunday."

Vicky added: "Everyone there had a lot of fun and I am sure this will be a springboard to didi rugby being spread right throughout Kenilworth and the rest of South Warwickshire."

Anyone interested in booking their child in for this weekend's classes can do so at St Martin's Church in Finham or Kenilworth Community Centre.

Read more: Women's World Cup-winning coach Gary Street to launch new didi rugby Twickenham

Read more: Learn all about the people running the didi rugby South Warwickshire franchise

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