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Matt Cropp describes Rock Star Academy to Amazon TV

There are only a few days left to help didi rugby director Matt Cropp win the Amazon Small Business of the Year Award.

And we are not afraid to admit that, here at didi rugby HQ, we need your help please!

As well as running didi rugby with Vicky Macqueen and other members of the didi HQ team, Matt owns Rock Star Academy – a business selling musical instruments and teaching people how to play through an online music school.

Many of those products are used by children and many of the values Matt’s business share, sit perfectly alongside the ones promoted by didi rugby.

Instruments encourage kids to come away from computerised devices and help them develop a hobby that tests their brains, physical agility and dexterity, to increase their enjoyment and confidence.

Matt is hugely passionate about what he does, encouraging people to play instruments and strongly advocating ethically-sourced wood for his products. In fact, all of Rock Star Academy’s products are built from wood that is replaced at source.

Amazon Award

Rock Star Academy has been a huge part of his life for a decade and winning the Amazon Award would be a huge achievement.

“Very much like watching children enjoy didi rugby, it’s great to see youngsters having fun and enjoying learning with a musical instrument,” said Matt. “Watching them smile as they progress is lovely to see and so is the confidence they build while doing so.

“You may not play a musical instrument, but I guarantee you have been moved or motivated by someone sharing the music they created,” said Matt.

“If you do play a musical instrument you will know the joy it creates when others hear you play and the hypnotic relaxation it provides when you are solely focused on playing it.

Rock Star Academy

“Music evokes a primeval response in all of us and I believe it’s fundamental to the existence of human culture.

Building a business that contributes to human culture with a positive impact on the environment is an absolute passion of mine.

didi rugby founder Vicky Macqueen said: “Matt is such a passionate person, always involving himself in community projects and giving back to support others so it would be great if you could take a minute out of your time to vote for him.”

Rock Star Academy has been shortlisted for the Amazon Small Business of the Year Award. To help lead Matt to success, log on to the link below and vote.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/small-business-of-the-year

Watch more: VIDEO – Matt Cropp describes how he set up didi rugby with Vicky Macqueen.

New didi rugby classes starting at Old Newtonians RFC very soon

A collage of didi rugby pictures featuring the Old Newtonians logo in the top left hand corner

A collage of didi rugby pictures featuring the Old Newtonians logo in the top left hand corner

New didi rugby classes will be starting at Old Newtonians RFC in Leicester Forest East soon.

Steve Carter will be driving the sessions at what is a real family club whose junior section has grown at a rapid rate in recent years.

Old Newts (as they are better known locally) have an under-7s and 8s tag set-up, a thriving under-11s and a good micros set-up too.

“There has been no junior rugby at Old Newts for 25 years and we are growing our academy for 4 to 11-year-olds all the time,” said Steve.

“We have had a lot of young children starting with us at the age of four or five and many of them have younger brothers or sisters with them so we wanted to get something set up so they could play too.

Feeding the academy

 

“didi rugby is perfect for that and it will hopefully go on to give us a pipeline of children feeding the academy.

“We are all looking forward to getting didi classes up and running. We are a real family club with a family feel to it and there is a great atmosphere here with lots of members of various families being involved in the club from seniors down to juniors.”

Didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said: “Steve is very keen to get things up and running at Old Newtonians and we are delighted to have such a lovely club involved in hosting didi rugby classes.

“There is a really good family feel about Old Newts and I am sure it will be an ideal place to host didi classes here in Leicestershire.”

Details about when they new classes will be held will be announced soon.

Watch more: VIDEO – Super Tommy Oliver is thriving at didi rugby despite suffering from Hypermobility Syndrome

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Tommy is thriving at didi rugby despite Hypermobility Syndrome

Suffering from Hypermobility Syndrome Tommy Oliver laughs with his friends at a didi rugby class

It is no wonder mum Sally Nash is beaming when she tells the tale of her son Tommy Oliver’s battle with Hypermobilty Syndrome.

The five-year-old from Bramley near Basingstoke has a condition where bodily joints easily move beyond the expected range.

As a result, it can be hard to control those joints and they can dislocate easily. Hypermobility Syndrome can also lead to pain, chronic fatigue and a host of other challenges at times too.

With that in mind, it was with trepidation that Sally first took Tommy to a didi rugby class some 18 months ago.

Now, he is thriving. And Sally is grateful for everything that has happened to her lad during his time in a didi rugby shirt.

“When he first started, he couldn’t walk in a straight line, let alone run in one and,” said Sally. “Now, with the help of his didi coaches, he is fully active and runs around taking part in everything. He absolutely loves it.

“His confidence has grown in a massive way. Previously, he would hardly ever leave my side but now we have friends round to play and that is great to see.

“He loves his coaches and calls them didi Donna and didi Caitlin. Tommy often talks about them and we sometimes use them to help change his behaviour at home! We say if he doesn’t improve, we are going to tell didi Donna! It works too.

“He sulks if we have to miss a session for whatever reason. He loves it. It is fun and he is often upset when they are finished.

Hypermobilty Syndrome

 

“The free taster sessions helped us get him into it. At many clubs, you have to book a term in advance but didi were really flexible and let us see how he got on and coped with the physical demands of the classes.

“They have been really supportive and if he has a bad day with his Hypermobility Syndrome, they alter what they do to make sure he doesn’t feel left out.

“He has come on so much with his motor skills through didi it is amazing. He loves it and we love it too.

One of his coaches is franchise co-owner, Donna Clark.

“Tommy always comes bounding up to us and into class with a big smile on his face and he is clearly thriving. His enthusiasm and giggle is infectious and if I could bottle it, I would,” said Donna.

“There is nothing he won’t try and through his determination and enjoyment of didi rugby, we have seen a huge improvement in his balance and coordination. There really is no stopping him. He is an absolute joy to coach.”

Read more: Tommy was in the news when he first started didi rugby too

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Find a didi rugby class in Leicestershire at Lutterworth Sports Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Leicestershire at Lutterworth Sports Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Lutterworth Sports Centre in Lutterworth. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

Our program is designed to get kids active, teach them new skills and improve their co-ordination, speed and balance. It will also help them learn social skills while they have lots of fun in a positive, safe and friendly environment.

These classes are ideal for children living in the following places: Lutterworth, Dunton Bassett, Broughton Astley, Bitteswell, Walcote, Cotesbach, Shawell, Ullesthorpe and North Kilworth.

Lutterworth Sports Centre

Coventry Rd
Lutterworth
Leicestershire
LE17 4RB

Ran by didi Rugby South West Leicestershire
Contact Dom Osborn – 07974 948093
dom.osborn@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Rutland and East Leicestershire

About didi rugby Rutland and East Leicestershire

Contact – 07507 343545
emma.taylor@didirugby.com

Emma Taylor – didi Rugby Rutland and East Leicestershire

The owner of didi rugby Rutland and East Leicestershire, Emma Taylor, is dedicated to helping children have fun, be confident and stay active for life.

With her rugby-playing skills and coaching knowledge from multiple sports, she has a passion to get children and young people involved in rugby and all sports, whether that be playing, coaching or refereeing.

Emma has experience of playing the game with Loughborough Ladies RFC and she is also a qualified Level 2 RFU coach and Quilter Level 1 referee.

She has also coached and refereed at Leicester Tigers.

Emma aims to inspire and confidently motivate others to fulfil their potential through the use of active creativity.

She firmly believes that having a positive effect on children, teenagers and young adults’ health and well-being, results in happier and healthier lives.

Through didi rugby, she is driven to providing children with the core skills to feel confident in any situation and wants to help children develop life skills and be more sociable too.

Emma had been coaching at Hinckley classes with didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen before starting her own franchise and Vicky says Emma is a valuable member of the team.

A few words from Vicky about Emma

“I have been lucky enough to see at first hand not only how good Emma’s coaching skills are but how she develops relationship, trust and a rapport with children in didi classes,” said Vicky.

“And everything she does is done with a big smile on her face which further endears her to the kids – and their parents and carers.”

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Find a didi rugby class at in South Warwickshire Kenilworth Community Centre

didi rugby South Warwickshire franchise owner Kiri Bennett

Find a didi rugby class at in South Warwickshire Kenilworth Community Centre

Find a didi rugby class: Kenilworth Community Centre in South Warwickshire is hosting didi rugby classes so you can introduce your child to rugby at a young age. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

Our program is designed to get kids active, teach them new skills and improve their co-ordination, speed and balance. It will also help them learn social skills while they have lots of fun in a positive, safe and friendly environment.

If you are looking to find a didi rugby class, these classes would be ideal for parents and children who live in: Kenilworth, Coventry, Leamington, Leek Wooton, Blackdown, Burton Green and Warwick.

The franchise owner of didi rugby South Warwickshire is Kiri Bennett.

Kenilworth Community Centre

Abbey End Car Park
Abbey Ed
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 1QJ

Ran by didi Rugby South Warwickshire
Kiri Bennett – 07506 350243
kiri.bennett@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Swansea at West Cross Community Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Swansea at West Cross Community Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at West Cross Community Centre in Swansea. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

Our programme is designed to get kids active, teach them new skills and improve their co-ordination, speed and balance. It will also help them learn social skills while they have lots of fun in a positive, safe and friendly environment.

These didi rugby South Wales classes are ideal for children living in: Norton, Murton, Bishopston, West Cross, Kittle, Langland, Mumbles, Caswell, Langrove and Swansea.

West Cross Community Centre

Linden Avenue
West Cross
Swansea
SA3 5LE
Ran by didi Rugby Swansea

Contact Robyn Lock – 07500 060732
Contact Andrew O’Sullivan – 07854 440007
robyn.lock@didirugby.com
andrew.osullivan@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Swansea at Sketty Park Community Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Swansea at Sketty Park Community Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Sketty Park Community Centre in Swansea. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

Our didi rugby South Wales program is designed to get kids active, teach them new skills and improve their co-ordination, speed and balance. It will also help them learn social skills while they have lots of fun in a positive, safe and friendly environment.

These classes are ideal for children living in: Swansea, Olchfe, Cwmgwyn, Carnglas, Killay, Dunvant, Mount Pleasant and Sandfields.

Sketty Park Community Centre

Heather Cres
Sketty
Wales
SA2 8HS
Ran by didi Rugby Swansea

Contact Robyn Lock – 07500 060732
Contact Andrew O’Sullivan – 07854 440007
robyn.lock@didirugby.com
andrew.osullivan@didirugby.com

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Book a didi rugby birthday party in the Swansea area

Book a didi rugby birthday party in the Swansea area

Are you looking for somewhere to celebrate your child’s birthday in a safe, fun and sporty environment in the Swansea area?

Do you want your little ones to be active, get involved and be laughing with their friends?

didi rugby birthday parties are a great way for us to put a smile on your child’s face on their special day.

Our didi rugby South Wales team will be happy to host your event anywhere in the Swansea area and give your child a day to remember.

Your choice of venue anywhere in Swansea

Ran by didi Rugby Swansea

Contact Robyn Lock – 07500 060732
Contact Andrew O’Sullivan – 07854 440007
robyn.lock@didirugby.com
andrew.osullivan@didirugby.com

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Aldermaston RFC in Reading: find a didi rugby class here

didi rugby Reading franchise owners Donna Clark and Craig Hunter coach at Aldermaston RFC

Aldermaston RFC in Reading: find a didi rugby class here

Find a didi rugby class: Aldermaston RFC in Reading is hosting didi rugby classes so you can introduce your child to rugby at a young age. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

Our program is designed to get kids active, teach them new skills and improve their co-ordination, speed and balance. It will also help them learn social skills while they have lots of fun in a positive, safe and friendly environment.

If you are looking to find a didi rugby class in the area, these sessions would be ideal for parents and children who live in: Aldermaston, Tadley, Baughurst, Bradfield, Burghfield Common, Burghfield, Riseley, Silchester, Mortimer, Swallowfield. They would also be ideal for anyone living in: Theale, Woolhampton, Bramley, Hannington, Pamber End, Pamber Heath and Brimpton Common.

The franchise owners of didi rugby Reading are Craig Hunter and Donna Clark.

“The support from didi was spot on in the build up to launch and the infrastructure was right too. So we took the plunge and went for it full-time and we are confident we will continue to grow with the help of Vicky and team didi behind us,” said Craig.

“Our links with local clubs are important and we are trying to help those without big mini sections so they can use their link with us as stepping stone to build their Under-6s.”

Donna added: “It has been good fun spreading the values of didi rugby through classes, clubs and schools too. Vicky and her team are always on the end of the phone if we need them.”

Aldermaston RFC

Recreational Society
AWE Aldermaston
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 4PR

Ran by didi Rugby Reading
Contact Craig Hunter – 07798 844202
craig.hunter@didirugby.com

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