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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 Loughborough join forces with Robbie's Rugby Festival
Children enjoy last year's Robbie's Rugby Festival
Children enjoy last year's Robbie's Rugby Festival
didi rugby Loughborough have announced they are joining forces with Robbie’s Rugby Festival at the end of the month.

Franchise owners Caroline and Tez Percival will be there with other coaches to provide fun activities and demonstrations for any children who want to join in.

Robbie’s Rugby Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and will take place at Loughborough Grammar School Playing Fields on Saturday 28 July.

The event raises life-changing funds for the Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust and the Jake McCarthy Foundation and is run by a dedicated and hard-working local team who say they are delighted to have didi rugby on board.

"We are thrilled to have didi rugby involved in the festival this year," said a spokesman from Robbie's. "We are very keen to promote this fantastic company and get more young children involved in rugby. We look forward to having them as part of our team on the day and watching lots of youngsters get involved."

Over 2,000 spectators

This year’s 10th anniversary is set to attract over 2,000 spectators watching the men’s 10s and the women’s 7s competition. There are plenty of off-field activities, food and drink to keep all of the family happy with a glamourous ball in the evening.

With a family ethos behind it and a vision to unite the communities, Caroline says the didi rugby Loughborough team are extremely excited to get involved.

“It’s great to be involved in an event with the stature of Robbie’s Rugby Festival,” said Caroline. “We will be starting our fun at 11.00am and will keep going while there are children to have fun with!

“We see this as a fantastic opportunity to show people what didi rugby is all about and it takes place right in the middle of our community.”

didi Loughborough have just agreed an official link with Loughborough Rugby Club and will be launching extra classes at Shepshed RFC from September.

Read more: Reading franchise to showcase didi rugby at GO Rugby event this August

Video: Watch Robbie's Rugby Festival official promo

Find out more at: www.robbiesrugbyfestival.com


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