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 Shepshed launches after success of Loughborough classes
didi rugby Shepshed coaches Caroline and Terry Percival
The success of didi rugby Loughborough since its launch in March has led to the opening of new classes in nearby Shepshed, Leicestershire.
Coaches Caroline and Terry Percival have enjoyed a huge response from parents, children and the local community and classes at Loughborough venues, Rosebury St Peter’s Community Centre and Loughborough Rugby Club have proved very popular.
Appearances and demonstrations at summer events like Robbie’s Rugby Festival have given didi rugby further exposure in the area and now the husband and wife franchise owners are opening new classes at Shepshed Rugby Club after forming a partnership there.
The first classes will take place on Sunday 2 September from 9.00am to 11.00am and offer a free taster session to any children aged between 18 months and 6 years of age who want to give it a try.
Caroline Percival said she is excited to get Shepshed classes up and running.
“Terry is captain of the senior team at Shepshed so he and the chairman have been very keen to push didi into the club and create that pathway for our six-year-olds didi stars to move up into the club’s minis section,” she said.
Shepshed chairman Nick Farmer said that link was important for the continued growth of the club’s mini and junior sections.
“We hope our young members go on to represent Shepshed Rugby Club as they grow older so the link we have formed with didi rugby is very important for the future of the club,” he said.
“Not only will it bring new players and parents into our community but they will be six-year-olds who have already had a strong grounding in the sport as well as the skills and values that rugby brings with it.”
didi rugby Loughborough has already formed a formal link with Loughborough Rugby Club and the first group of six-year-olds who have been learning with didi rugby will be running out for Loughborough’s minis in the autumn.
“It’s really exciting to see that,” added Caroline. “We will be watching their progress with excitement and hoping they continue their rugby journey.”