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."
Teenager Eleanor will not lack experience for launch of didi rugby Syston
didi rugby Syston head coach Eleanor Wilkinson
didi rugby Syston will be kicking off in the New Year and it will be a real family affair in the Leicestershire town.
Eleanor Wilkinson will be head coach at new classes held at the St Peter and St Paul CE Academy on Saturday afternoons from 5 January, 2019 onwards.
The 17-year-old is a well-known figure in her home village having played, coached and refereed the game locally.
She is a member of the Leicestershire Society of Rugby Referees and the sport has been in her blood from a very young age so the teenager certainly does not lack experience.
Eleanor will be helped by her sister Lydia, who is going to be her assistant coach, and her parents who are busy spreading the word through social media and by delivering leaflets in the area.
Starting in January
“We will be running all three age groups when we launch and we have been out in Syston trying to tell as many people as possible that the classes will be starting in January,” said Eleanor.
“There are quite a lot of young people in Syston and a lot of people who play rugby so I am hoping it all goes well.
“I got into rugby because I have grown up with it and watched a lot of it from a very young age. Now this is very exciting because I have done a lot of volunteer coaching already.
“I met Vicky in February 2017 when we both appeared on Radio Leicester and then we saw each again at an awards ceremony.
“She is a good friend who I can go to for help and advice when I need it. If I ever have an issue, she is always there.”
Vicky said she was equally as excited for the launch of classes at the St Peter and St Paul CE Academy.
“When I first met Eleanor, I was glad to be able to see how confident she was,” added Vicky. “She is a qualified coach and we began talking about getting her involved in didi rugby at some stage.
“She soon came to a few sessions and enjoyed them so I mentored her and will be supporting her now she is starting classes in Syston. We will be bringing in coaches to help out but Eleanor will be leading from the front because she is an outstanding individual.”
* didi rugby Syston classes will take place at the St Peter and St Paul CE Academy, Upper Church Street, Syston from Saturday 5 January (12.30pm to 2.30pm). Phone Vicky on 07812 082375 to book your child's FREE taster session or email firstname.lastname@example.org *