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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."


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VIDEO: Chairman hails 'massive success' for minis section since making formal link with didi rugby
Hinckley Rugby Club has enjoyed “massive success” since joining forces with didi rugby.

Chairman John Tilley said the influx of children into the club’s minis section last year was ‘fantastic’ and with another group of kids set to come through this September, having become too old for didi’s six-year-old age limit, he said the link had brought nothing but success for Hinckley.

It is a pattern that is emerging across the country as didi franchises make links with nearby clubs in a bid to continue the children’s rugby journey between the ages of six and seven - and beyond.

For example, didi Reading has close links with Reading RFC and Aldermaston RFC, didi Gloucestershire are working closely with Lydney RFC and didi North Yorkshire and East Riding have joined forces with Beverley RFC.

Speaking at didi rugby’s annual Presentation Day, John said the formal link with didi had worked wonders for Hinckley RFC.

“didi rugby is a brilliant initiative and we have had some massive success from it,” said John.

Made a massive difference

“We had 40 new children into the under-6 age group last year which was the biggest we have had by a mile. It was fantastic.

“Not only were there 40 kids joining us - but they were 40 kids who had done a lot of stuff as well. It has made a massive difference.

“didi is great for the kids, they have a lot of fun and it gets them active. At the end of the day, that is what we are all about isn’t it? Getting kids active.

“There are 50 in our age group now which brings it own problems – but they are good problems for us to have.

“Vicky is absolutely the right person to have for a project like this. She is driven, dedicated, articulate and has great vision. She understands what she needs and applies it into the business.

“There have been loads of kids here and it is great to see the name spreading. Long may that continue.”

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Hinckley RFC chairman John Tilley
Hinckley RFC chairman John Tilley

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