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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 announces exciting new partnership with the Burford Academy
The Burford Academy is in partnership with didi rugby
The Burford Academy is in partnership with didi rugby
didi rugby is delighted to announce a brand new working partnership with the Burford Academy – run by England and Harlequins centre, Rachael Burford.

The two companies share the same work ethic and ultimate goal of getting children inspired and involved in the sport of rugby.

And there will be some exciting announcements ahead after didi rugby owner Vicky Macqueen and Rachael agreed to work together on future projects.

The two backs have a strong long-term relationship having played for England at the same time and shared six years at Saracens together.

Now, Vicky concentrates on spreading the values of didi rugby far and wide while Rachael still plays the game and puts the rest of her energy into the Burford Academy coaching girls rugby.

Exciting projects ahead

There will be no shortage of passion for the game when the two start linking their businesses for some exciting projects ahead.

“Rachael has been watching how didi rugby has been doing since we launched and has been interested in our set-up,” said Vicky.

“She is still be playing the game at the top level but is really passionate about girls’ rugby and how the sport has had such a positive effect on her life so she wants to develop her business too.

“We both love rugby from the amateur days to the professional days and have been looking at ways in which we can work together and help each other out.

“It is going to be very exciting. Watch this space for further developments and exciting opportunities for young people.”

Read more: didi rugby to host spectacular presentation day in July

Read more: World Cup winners to help launch didi rugby Gloucestershire this weekend

Find out more about Rachael Burford at http://www.burford12.co.uk/

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