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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

Highnam classes begin for didi rugby Gloucestershire in the New Year
Highnam launch poster
Highnam launch poster
didi rugby Gloucestershire is expanding to Highnam where it will launch a high-profile launch party in the New Year.
If you live in the area and would like your child to get a taste of some of the fun that kids are enjoying all over the country, then keep Saturday 12 January spare and come to the Highnam Community Centre on Newent Road for a free taster session.
didi rugby ambassadors will be joining in and will be free to have photos taken with visitors, while mascots Dougie and Daisy will be up for some fun too.
Regular classes will then start at the venue every Saturday from 19 January for all of didi rugby’s three age groups between 9am and 11am.

Building momentum

The sessions will be run by coach Keith Smith, a retired police officer who was keen to get involved in the didi rugby Gloucestershire set-up which also runs classes at Cinderford RFC.
didi rugby Gloucestershire's Suzanne Appleby-Jones said she was excited to be spreading the franchise to a new venue.

“Things are going well and didi rugby is building momentum,” she said. “It has all been positive so far and we are getting some really nice recommendations on our Facebook account which is great to see.
“We have started working with primary schools as well and we have been very well-received there too.”
* Book your child’s free taster session at the launch on 12 January by visiting this direct link to the booking page on our website, by calling Suzanne on (07872) 921856 or by emailing suzanne.appleby-jones@didirugby.com *
Classes will take place at Highnam Community Centre, Newent Road, Highnam, GL2 8DG, every Saturday morning from 9.00am - 11.00am from 19 January.

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