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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

New link with soft play area Eddie Catz gives didi kids even more play time
didi classes will be held at Eddie Catz soft play area
didi classes will be held at Eddie Catz soft play area
A link-up with a soft play area has provided a new venue for didi rugby Reading classes in Newbury.
Eddie Catz on York Road in the town will provide not only a warm and safe place to hold the classes but will give didi kids the chance to play in the facilities free of charge before or after each session.
Eddie Catz also provide workshops, classes and events for children and toddlers.
The sessions begin on Friday 7 September and will represent the 10th venue now hosting classes in the didi rugby Reading area. It’s a sign of the success the franchise has enjoyed since launching just six months ago.
didi rugby Reading's full-time head coach Craig Hunter says he is looking forward to seeing how the classes take off, especially with the added bonus of further play at the venue for any children that sign up.
“They contacted us and asked if we wanted to get involved and we are hoping it is going to be a success,” he said.
“It’s a venue is a lovely soft play area with small rooms around the side so it sounds an ideal place to host didi rugby classes.”

Teresa Breakspear is the head receptionist at Eddie Catz in Newbury and she added: “The name of didi rugby is well-known in the area and we all know that sport is great for kids to get them active and away from screens.
“The children who come for didi rugby classes here are more than welcome to have a free play before or after their session.”

Book your child onto the sessions by emailing donna.clark@didirugby.com or craig.hunter@didirugby.com

VIDEO: Little Juliet forms strong bond with didi ambassador Emily Scarratt at Enderby launch

Read more: New classes begin at Kenilworth RFC after they agree link with didi South Warwickshire

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