Book a didi rugby birthday party in the Lutterworth area

Book a didi rugby birthday party in the Lutterworth area

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

Do you want your little ones to be active, involved and having a laugh 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 in the didi rugby Lutterworth area. They are ideal for anyone living in: Lutterworth, Cotesbatch, Bitteswell, Ashbyparva, Magnaparva, Ullesthorpe, Leire, Gilmorton, Walcote, Swinford.

Your choice of venue anywhere in the Lutterworth didi rugby area

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Contact didi rugby Lutterworth – 07970 433452  
hannah.faulds@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Lutterworth at Lutterworth Rugby Club

Find a didi rugby class in Lutterworth at Lutterworth Rugby Club

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Lutterworth Rugby Club 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:
Lutterworth, Cotesbatch, Bitteswell, Ashbyparva, Magnaparva, Ullesthorpe, Leire, Gilmorton, Walcote, Swinford

Lutterworth Rugby Club

Ashby Lane
Bitteswell
Lutterworth
Leicestershire
LE17 4AW

Ran by didi rugby Lutterworth
Contact Hannah Faulds – 07970 433452  
hannah.faulds@didirugby.com

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About didi rugby Lutterworth

Contact –  Hannah on 07970 433452    facebook for didi rugby Lutterworth
hannah.faulds@didirugby.com

Hannah Faulds – didi rugby Lutterworth

About Hannah Faulds

I am a rugby, athletics and netball coach with over 15 years’ experience working in local community sports clubs, primary and secondary schools both in volunteer roles and through employment.

Currently studying a part-time degree in social studies at Warwick University.

Having worked for Wasps Rugby as a community development officer, I have also worked as an RFU community coach and latterly progressed to RFU coach.

Away from my professional career, I volunteer for Lutterworth RFC, current roles being Hons Secretary and Head Coach of the girls’ section.

My husband, three sons and I are all members and have been players of Lutterworth RFC and athletes / coaches at Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club.

My background?

I was born and raised in South Shropshire. I have always been sporty, starting out with horse-riding from the age of six to add football and cross country at primary school, before moving to the team sports of hockey and netball at secondary school.

While not having the disposition for athletics in my final year at school, I set a school record for 800m and have since competed as a vet athlete for Rugby and Northampton.

Rugby has played a major role in my life, starting my playing career in Ludlow, Shropshire at the age of 17 as a No.8, moving onto Harper Adam University College, where I captained the side for a year before settling at Lutterworth RFC in September 2000 to present day.

Having played and coached rugby for many years, I have valued the addition of athletics and netball for the transferable skills that have benefited me as both participant and coach.

My aspirations for didi rugby Lutterworth?

Simply to provide a fun, safe environments for children and parents.  My Saturday morning sessions will provide children with the opportunity it develop fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination that are important for physical health and wellbeing.

Throughout my career, and as a mother I have seen the value of sport in building children’s confidence and resilience to support future life skills.

 

About Edward Faulds

Edward’s sporting careers started at an early age playing rugby for Lutterworth RFC and competing as a young athlete for Rugby and Northampton AC through primary school years.

Whilst balancing both, he was keen to try out other sports and added in both swimming (mum made him!) and golf.

During junior rugby years, Edward was selected to compete for Rugby and District and Warwickshire schools, then Leicestershire. At 14, Edward choose to concentrate on rugby and was selected for Wasps DDP and moved through to be part of the U-16s academy as a scrum half.

After being released from Wasps, Edward returned to the athletics club to develop his speed and skill set and took up 400m hurdles going on to compete for Warwickshire at English Schools.

Athletics competition was not new to Edward, during his primary school years he was Warwickshire school cross country champion and competed nationally as an U13s, U15 and U17s athlete in run, jump and throw disciplines.

Edward is 2xNational U20 400m champion, European U20 400m and 4 x400m gold medal champion and a European U20 record holder.

He is part of the British Athletics futures programme and is now running professionally for Puma.

When not training Edward can be found supporting young athletes providing coaching and mentoring support and brushing up on his golf game.

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didi rugby is ‘the way forward’ for Old Coventrians RFC

Children running, playing rugby

didi rugby is certainly ‘the way forward’ for Old Coventrians RFC mini and junior chair, Jane Waterhouse.

That’s no surprise give the 12 months that the club’s youngest age group have had since beginning didi rugby as a pilot scheme at their Tile Hill Lane home in 2021.

Old Coventrians welcomed the team from didi rugby Coventry and Warwickshire, led by Andy Fox, into their club to try and build from the bottom upwards and create a group of youngsters who could add numbers to their under-7s team.

Children running, playing rugby

Progression of didi rugby classes

As Jane explains, what started as a bit of a punt, has now created just the sort of influx of children – and parents – they were hoping for.

“I have been our mini and junior chair for a number of years now and we have around 200 children in our club from under-7s upwards,” said Jane.

“We started didi as a bit of a pilot scheme about a year ago and specifically targeted reception and Year 1 children so we could focus on having more members in our under-7s.

team spirit

“We knew we had some young children whose parents told us wanted to play rugby, so we welcomed didi rugby in and identified some pitch space for the classes too.

“A year down the line and didi has given us a ready-made under-7s team that is ready for mainstream rugby. They can already play rugby to some extent, catch and pass a ball and they also know about team work and team spirit too.

“Not only that but our didis have their own designated pitch space and love their sessions on Sundays. They have integrated well and are a real part of the club.

“The kids really enjoy it and we have had around a dozen or so kids move up into the under-7s which has really made a difference.

“We have also added new parents and they have become part of that special rugby family feel to the club which has been great to see for us.

“Andy Fox has been great and so have the coaches.

“didi rugby is definitely the way forward.”

didi rugby parents

Parents of didi children have also loved the inclusion of classes at the club.

Leonie said: “My child started with didi in their 4-6 section at Old Coventrians RFC in early spring 2022. The didi experience was excellent and the coach was so welcoming for children and parents.

“The sessions were always fun, different and really helped the children learn the basics needed for tag rugby. The didi programme also instilled a sense of team and belonging for my child which has carried on into joining the under-7s team at OC.

“Having didi at the foundation level of rugby has meant that quite a few of the under-7s have been confident enough to play in matches against other clubs very quickly.

“My child now has all the benefits of being a didi & OC’s player, like a strong team ethic, desire to learn new skills and most importantly, to have fun while playing rugby.”

Listen to instructions

Roni added: “didi rugby was a brilliant way to introduce my child to rugby. Then the transition from didi to under-7s was smooth because the children and parents already knew each other and the club set up.

And Kate said: “I think didi rugby was a very gentle way to settle kids into having to listen to instructions from an adult (ready for a coach), building up friendships with the other kids (helped them feel like a team more quickly when they moved to under-7s) and basic tag rugby with their sharks and fishes games.”

To find out more about didi rugby classes at Old Coventrians, contact Andy Fox on andy.fox@didirugby.com

For any more information about Old Coventrians mini and junior set-up, contact Jane on janewrfu@gmail.com.

didi coach Emily gets national recognition in weightlifting

A woman in a blue leotard lifts a heavy weight above her head

didi rugby Harrogate’s assistant coach, Emily Barber, is familiar with success both on the rugby pitch and weightlifting mat. 

Emily started helping out at didi rugby classes in 2021 to complete her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and hasn’t looked back since. 

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Emily competing in a weightlifting competition

She soon became a valuable member of the coaching team, assisting at weekly sessions and displaying a natural ability to engage and encourage the little ones with the activities. 

“I loved helping out and am very grateful for all the experience didi rugby has given me”, Emily says. 

Harrogate Rugby Club

 

“I really enjoy meeting all the future rugby stars, seeing how they develop every week and building a relationship with them – alongside learning new skills from the coaches.” 

Emily is a keen rugby player herself and has played a huge role in introducing the game to more girls at Harrogate Rugby Club.

“I started playing rugby when I was in Year 7 but there wasn’t much of a set up at my local club,” Emily says. 

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Emily (right) has fun coaching

“Over the last three to four years, we worked hard to get more girls involved and now we can field a full team. 

“Harrogate rugby girls training and matches are so much fun and I’ve made so many new friends whilst playing.” 

didi rugby Harrogate franchise owners, Mike and Lucy Barnett, are very proud of Emily’s progression and so pleased that she has worked her way into the Under-16s Yorkshire Development squad. 

Olympic weightlifting

 

As well as being a star on the field, Emily’s has talents elsewhere too. 

To improve her performance on the pitch, Emily began weight training at Harrogate Rugby Club with her strength and conditioning coach, Podium Performance. Impressed with her dedication, her coach suggested she trialled for Olympic Weightlifting training.

She found a natural talent for lifting and has continued her weightlifting journey with coach Luke Stopford at Yorkshire Strength in Castleford. 

After building on her personal bests, she competed in her first British Weightlifting Tier 3 competition. 

Just 4 weeks after her first competition, Emily competed in the British Age Group Championships, a Tier 1 competition, which is the highest level in Britain for lifters aged under 23. 

National scene

 

Taking place in Birmingham, Emily burst onto the national scene and took 3rd place on the podium in her age group – a huge achievement. 

She says: “I have a busy year ahead but can’t wait to see where my rugby and Olympic Weight lifting training takes me in 2023.” 

“Emily is a fantastic young role model for all our didi stars!” say Mike and Lucy. 

“We are delighted to have her as part of our didi rugby coaching team.”

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Find a didi rugby class in Clitheroe at Roefield Leisure Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Clitheroe at Roefield Leisure Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Roefield Leisure Centre in Clitheroe. 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: Clitheroe, billington, langho, whalley, hurst green, Great harwood, Nelson, Blackburn

Roefield Leisure Centre

Edisford Road
Clitheroe
Lancashire
BB7 3LA

Ran by didi rugby Blackburn and Ribble Valley
Contact John O’Ryan – 07988 720062  
john.oryan@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Clitheroe at Waddington & West Bradford CE School

Find a didi rugby class in Clitheroe at Waddington & West Bradford CE School

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Waddington & West Bradford CE School in Clitheroe. 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: Clitheroe, West Bradford, Gisburn, Barnoldswick, Slaidburn, Bolton-by-bowland, Hurst Green, Dunsop Bridge, Grindleton

Waddington & West Bradford CE School

West Bradford Road
Clitheroe
Lancashire
BB7 3JE

Ran by didi rugby Blackburn and Ribble Valley
Contact John O’Ryan – 07988 720062  
john.oryan@didirugby.com

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NEWS: Free session and children’s book reading for nurseries and pre-schools

A blonde-haired girl crawls through a tunnel holding a rugby ball at one of our nurseries. She is smiling.

Would your children like a fun run-around while learning new skills?

Following that, would they like to then settle down to be read a book which promotes friendship and resilience?

Would your nursery or education establishment like to enjoy an exciting visit from one of the country’s favourite sports class providers?

Then give didi rugby Midlands a shout.

We are currently offering free taster sessions to nurseries and pre-schools in our area to give you an idea of what we can offer.

Physical activity

Our physical activity taster session will include all of the fun games that have made didi rugby so popular with children and parents alike across England over the last seven years.

Our sessions are in line with ELYS guidance with specific focus on movement, handling, physical development, communication, language and numbers.

Then, we will settle the children down and read them our fantastic children’s story book based on the lives of our friendly mascots, Dougie and Daisy.

Dougie Can Catch’ tells the story of a boy who struggles to catch a ball but with perseverance and the support of his group of friends, finally manages to learn to catch, with spectacular results!

You never know, Dougie and Daisy may be able to make an appearance too…

Nurseries and pre-schools

didi rugby CEO Vicky Macqueen said: “This free taster session gives nurseries and pre-schools in the area the opportunity to find out what has made didi rugby so popular around the country.

“We also offer didi sports in schools which extends our variety of offering to the likes of basketball, dodgeball and cricket.

“I am certain that the children who get to take part in a didi visit will have lots of fun and learn some valuable skills while doing so.

“We can’t wait to meet you.”

If you are interested in didi rugby delivering a free taster session or, to find out more information, please get in touch with us at info@didirugby.com.

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didi rugby Bristol: A family outlet for the Gullys

The Gully family, Rochelle, Simon and Tyler all wearing red didi rugby kit.

didi rugby Bristol leads, Simon and Rochelle Gully are looking forward to providing an opportunity for young children that wasn’t available for their son at such a young age.

Simon has a professional rugby career behind him, so he is excited to begin his new journey with didi rugby.

Because of the immense love and passion he has for the sport, he sees didi rugby as an opportunity for him to spend his weekend doing something he loves, as opposed to it being “work.” Simon currently works as a carpenter five days a week, so can’t wait to have didi rugby as his “fun day” of the week.

Simon is also a rugby coach at one of didi Bristol’s venues, Kingswood RFC.

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The Gully family

Before meeting Simon, Rochelle had no experience with the sport.

“Rugby has given our family an outlet to grow closer and to bond over a sport we all enjoy,” Rochelle says.

“We are all season ticket holders at Bristol Bears, and we go to watch all the games. This allowed us to all grow closer as a family. Having two teenagers, it’s nice to go and experience something we all know and love together.

“We have been discussing the possibility of running kids rugby classes for a few years now but the timing never quite worked.

“This year seemed like the perfect time to make that jump, especially with our daughter Tyler now being 16, she can get involved with coaching at the classes.”

Young age groups

Their son, Lucas, started his rugby journey at four years old. Simon and Rochelle struggled to find him a class so young that best suited and supported his age and ability.

“We really struggled to find him a class at that age as no club really provided for such young age groups,” Rochelle said.

“The coach at a class which was slightly too old for him said to bring him along, but he was too overwhelmed to continue.

“If didi rugby had been around at the time, we would have 100% taken him to classes there.

“Because of this experience we had, we want to provide this opportunity for and build confidence in children from a young age.”

didi rugby Bristol launch party

didi rugby Bristol will be launching with an exciting event on Friday 9 September; with didi mascots Dougie and Daisy making a special appearance!

The event will be kicking off at Clifton RFC from 9:00am-12:00 Noon. The action will then be moving over to Pomphrey Hill Pavilion from 1pm.

The Gully family are all looking forward to meeting the kids, the rest of the didi team and to experience a brand new venue.

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Find a didi rugby class in Blackburn at St Mary’s Mellor C of E Primary School

Find a didi rugby class in Blackburn at St Mary’s Mellor C of E Primary School

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at St Mary’s Mellor C of E Primary School in Mellor, Blackburn. 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: Ramsgreave, Wilpshire, Walton le Dale, Beardwood, Langho, Samlesbury, Pleasington, Lammack, Ribchester, Brownhill

St Mary’s Mellor C of E Primary School

Brundhurst Fold
Mellor
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB2 7JT

Ran by didi rugby Blackburn and Ribble Valley
Contact John O’Ryan – 07988 720062  
john.oryan@didirugby.com

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