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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

VIDEO: Teenage coach Izzie is spreading the values of didi rugby on a charity trip to Kenya
A teenage didi rugby coach has travelled to Kenya armed with a bulging bag full of didi kit to play with children she meets on a volunteering mission.
Izzie Mackinder, who has just turned 16, has been a didi coach at Burbage in Leicestershire under the watchful eye of owner Vicky Macqueen for almost a year.

She has grown in confidence and ability during that time and is now going to put that to the test as she embarks on a month-long organised charity work trip to Africa with Camps International.
“I am going to Kenya for 27 days to do charity work, help them to make a better way of life and introduce them to ways of making better use of their resources,” said Izzie.

Build primary schools

“Hopefully our work will give them the chance to land better jobs and have a more sustainable income.
“We will be helping to build primary schools and teaching them English and basic maths. For some of them, they won’t have had that education before and we can try and bring that to them for the month that we are there. We will be based near three different places.
“There is also the opportunity to take over some didi rugby kit so I can get the children playing rugby. They are fans of rugby in Kenya and they already have some very good Sevens side.
“I am hoping to get the young kids involved from a young age because they have not necessarily had that chance before.”
“I raised the money for the trip myself to go with Camps International.

Grow in confidence

“Vicky has encouraged me to take as much as I can carry in my bag! I have a lot of balls, tee-shirts, jumpers and shorts, stickers and certificates.”
Vicky Macqueen said: “I was Izzie's High School PE teacher at Redmoor Academy (in Hinckley). I am so proud of the developments she has made as a rugby player, a didi rugby coach of little ones, and as a young adult.  
“I have seen her grow in confidence over the last year of didi rugby coaching, communicating and teaching little ones but also her communication skills with parents and carers have grown too.  
“To see her take this opportunity is awesome she will grow and develop as a person. I am also very excited to get some didi rugby balls and kit out there to the children of Kenya.”

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