Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Suffolk in Suffolk. 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: Leiston, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Snape, Yoxford, Thorpeness, Knodishall, Kelsale, Westleton, Middleton
didi rugby Suffolk,Dale Hoffman, is dedicated to helping children have fun, be confident and stay active for life.
With his rugby-playing skills and coaching knowledge from multiple sports, he has a passion to get children and young people involved in rugby and all sports, whether that be playing, coaching or refereeing.
A few words from Dale
“All my life I have loved sport, I watched in amazement at the athletics on TV, football, snooker, motor racing and then as I got older, boxing, rugby, tennis, golf, the London Marathon and more.
I have had a go at most sports but rugby was my favourite and I played for 15 years when I was younger. I then got back into local rugby in 2010 as a player/chairman and founding member of a new club.
I have always enjoyed volunteering, organising and being a captain, which has led to lots of fantastic experiences like being a special constable, range safety officer at a shooting club, Leiston Gala sports coordinator, darts team captain, five-a-side team captain, rugby club secretary, chairman, president and head coach.
In 2011, I won the award of Eastern Counties Rugby Union Volunteer of the year and the RFU President award, which led to the most amazing day at Twickenham for England v Italy. I met the RFU president, saw all areas of the stadium and spent the after match dinner event with all the players and coaches.
Now I want to use all of the knowledge I have picked up to share with the world how much I love sport and the physical and mental benefits that participation can bring you by playing, volunteering or supporting.
I have professional qualifications and experience in procurement and supply chain management and health and safety which I believe gives a real solid background to running a sports coaching business.
I am so pleased to be working with didi rugby as we share the same philosophy around providing children the opportunity to learn about sports, be active and have fun, taking parents and guardians along on the journey as well. “
didi rugby ambassador and England Women’s international Heather Fisher is causing a storm every night.
One of women’s sports most recognisable figure has been hosting ‘didi rugby story time’ for the last two weeks to brighten up the days of many didi stars during the coronavirus lockdown of 2020.
It has come as no surprise to those who know her, that the amount of children and parents who have been watching her broadcasts live on didi’s Facebook channel, has grown day by day.
Heather’s energetic delivery and friendly face has attracted a dedicated bunch of fans who have loved being face-to-face with her every weekday evening at 6.00pm.
Not only has Heather been reading some of the nation’s favourite children’s books written over the past 10 years, she has also been teaching them some new physical skills and things to work on for the following evening.
“I am loving doing this collaboration with didi rugby,” says Heather. “The amount of people who are tuning in has grown every night and I am really enjoying having fun with our didi stars.”
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didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen is a long-time friend of Heather and she has been delighted with the reaction to ‘story time’.
“Heather has been amazing and has already built up a real rapport with the children and parents who are tuning in every night at 6.00pm. We are having lots of fun and the feedback we have been getting has been incredible!”
Growing in popularity with members and non-members too, ‘didi rugby story time’ is part of an amazing effort from didi rugby franchises across the UK who have been hosting classes and setting challenges online, instead of face-to-face throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
WATCH this video below to see a full version of ‘story time with Heather Fisher’. Join us every weekday night LIVE on Facebook from 6.00pm.
Book your child onto didi rugby’s national online session every Monday from 11.00am during the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown here: https://bit.ly/2z2XjsL
didi rugby’s online classes are proving to be a massive hit with parents and children across the UK.
While the coronavirus has led to schools closing and even a lockdown on all but essential travel, didi rugby coaches across the country have reacted quickly and are providing their ever-popular classes online instead.
didi rugby HQ is committed to keeping children active and having fun during the most testing time for families across the country.
The reaction from children and parents has been incredible with huge support coming from households in terms of both engagement and positive feedback to the classes.
It has been great to see older siblings joining in the activities too.
Easy-to-use online platforms have made the delivery of the classes simple for coaches, parents and children alike and attendance numbers are increasing all of the time.
didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen, who has been delivering classes to her didi stars while home-schooling two children, said she has been over-joyed with the response.
“During tough times for families across the UK, it has felt amazing to be involved in something which is able to give so many people, so much fun,” she said.
“We all miss our regular classes terribly and can’t wait to get back to them when things become safer for all of us.
“But, until then, we will keep providing for our members via a fun, friendly and energetic online delivery, as well as making sure that our ethos of ‘fun, confidence and activity’ remains at the heart of everything we do.
“Because our classes are being delivered by the local coaches who usually run their sessions, it has been amazing to see the children’s response when they see a face they recognise.
“Obviously, that has helped get the kids engaged from the very first minute and the rapport between the group has been great to see.
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“We have enjoyed some amazing responses from parents who say they are not only happy to get their kids active but to give them a structured focus during the day.
“Meanwhile, our coaches have found online delivery very rewarding and have been full of stories about brightening up people’s day.”
MEMBERS: For options of classes local to your area with the coaches you usually see at your face-to-face sessions, visit the Find A Class Page and click on your local link
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What is didi rugby?
didi rugby has been devised to get young children active and to teach them new skills while having fun in a safe environment. Classes have been designed by former England Women’s international Vicky Macqueen and are aimed at kids in three separate age groups from 18 months to six years old. These age ranges offer flexible boundaries and are based on each child’s ability and confidence as opposed to a strict age structure. didi rugby has franchises across the UK.
Two years after launching the didi rugby Reading franchise, co-owner Craig Hunter explains why it has been such a big success and outlines opportunities to those thinking of getting involved.
“We are very pleased with our journey having started it all off with one days a week at one club, Reading RFC,” he said.
“After one month, I decided to go three days a week at work to develop didi rugby and a few months later, I went full time on didi because the opportunity seemed too good.
“It was a big change for me and the family but I bit the bullet and it has been both hard-work and very enjoyable.
“We are now doing 14 classes a week in the area and are working with three rugby clubs: Reading, Aldermaston and Thatcham.
“Our aim with those clubs is to help grow their minis section and, for example, in Reading’s Under-6s, 14 of their players are from didi classes last year. Our links with clubs enable the children to move seamlessly up to tag rugby when they become too old for didi rugby classes.
didi HQ team
“The siblings of those kids often come along and join in too.”
Craig runs the Reading output with co-owners Donna Clark and Clare Swadling and, with coaches like Umit Akyildiz and Sam Treverton taking on plenty of responsibility too, it’s a well-oiled team.
“We are also in 19 schools doing in-school classes or after school school sessions and we have had five other ones approach us recently too. Word of mouth is key and the didi rugby social media is great too,” Craig continued.
“The job i was doing before was great but I was ready for a change and rugby is my passion. I always wanted to do something like this and a number of my friends have come and got involved too which is great.
“It’s a real team effort in Reading and the didi HQ team have been great support as well. There is fantastic leadership here at didi rugby.”
didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said Craig and the rest of his team had done an amazing job.
“Craig, Donna and everyone involved with didi rugby Reading have been superb at spreading didi rugby’s values and engaging with clubs, schools and the local community,” she said.
“They have worked very hard to grow their provision and have shown just what can be achieved with a didi rugby franchise.
“They have proactive and positive all along and it has been a pleasure for us all at didi rugby HQ to see their growth over the last two years. I am sure there is even more to come in the Reading and Berkshire area.”
If you would like an informal chat about the opportunities available to coach or own a didi rugby franchise, email email@example.com or find out more on our website’s ‘franchising‘ section
A coach with a difference will be heading up new didi rugby classes at Birstall Rugby Club in Leicestershire from 21 March.
And there is unlikely to be any questioning of decisions made my coach Jenny Burrows!
The 34-year ex-player is now the only Level 6 female rugby referee in Leicestershire and can usually be found around the pitches of the Midlands with a whistle in tow.
Her Saturday mornings are now going to be taken up by leading new didi rugby classes at Birstall RFC in Leicestershire after an idea became reality very quickly thanks to the support of didi rugby’s founder and CEO, Vicky Macqueen.
Birstall Rugby Club
“I had been coaching didi rugby at Shepshed and Hinckley working with Vicky and then I spoke to someone at Birstall Rugby Club and they said that they would love to have something like that around,” said Jenny.
“At first it was just an idea but I spoke to Vicky about it and things have come together very quickly. She has been brilliant and we are going to start classes on Saturday 21 March.
“I always go and support Birstall anyway as a club so it is great to go and give something back.”
Jenny played in the backs for Stoneygate RFC in Leicestershire for 10 years but as injuries began to take their toll, she decided to take up refereeing instead and has never looked back, progressing to become the only Level 6 women ref in the county.
“I really enjoy still being out there in the middle,” said Jenny. “I do mainly men’s games and have never had anything bad happen to me in eight years of officiating.”
Jenny’s latest challenge though will be with subjects of a much younger variety – and she cannot wait to get stuck in.
“didi rugby is great because, not only does it teach kids basic skills, it also teaches them the core rugby values which have been important to me,” she said.
“Seeing how the kids respond to that is brilliant. I have played and refereed for years and wanted a new challenge alongside being an official because I like the idea of giving back to the sport I love.
“And Vicky has been brilliant in making this happen. Her passion is infectious and it’s unreal how much you can learn from one person.”
Vicky said she was excited to open a venue at yet another rugby club. didi rugby partner with clubs all over the country to provide a pipeline of youngsters to hopefully continue their rugby journey with those clubs when they become too old for didi classes.
“I am so chuffed that Jenny Burrows has joined the didi team,” said Vicky.
“She is a wonderful ambassador for rugby in general and she shows all the values as a person and a coach that we would expect from someone involved with didi.
“She is enthusiastic, motivated and really wants children to succeed and help them develop.
“I was so pleased when she decided to take on classes at her local club. She really is a wonderful coach and person and a great addition to the didi family.”
Classes will get underway at 9.00am on Saturday 21 March at Birstall Rugby Club with all age groups going right through until 11.00am.
didi cricket has got off to a great start with four sessions at Stoke Orchard Community Centre near Cheltenham producing plenty of fun, laughter and no little skill!
Coach Keith Smith is the first didi rugby coach in the country to pilot the new classes and he has been delighted with what he has seen.
With similar principles being applied from his didi rugby classes across the Cheltenham area, sports lover Keith has seen children extend their sporting prowess with fun and games involving a bat and ball this time.
“We were absolutely full for the first week with 30 kids turning up for a taster session,” said Keith.
“With so many of them coming back in the following weeks too, I think they clearly enjoyed themselves and the kids were better than I expected.
didi cricket fun
“It was great to see so many of them getting a quick grasp of hitting a ball after I had taught them how to hold a bat and the parent engagement was lovely to see as well.
“I had some really positive comments afterwards and am looking forward to carrying on the classes now.”
Regular classes will get underway from Sunday 1 March at Stoke Orchard Community Centre and Keith is looking for more settings to expand his list of venues and extra coaches to help oversee the sessions.
If any cricket club in the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean areas are interested in hosting didi cricket sessions and maybe open up a pathway to provide possible future members of their club, please get in touch via our Facebook page or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acti-Fit have become didi rugby’s official education partner.
As a result, they will help to provide new coaches for didi rugby’s ever-growing class numbers and offer new and existing coaches the opportunity to gain a professional, chartered qualification on the job.
Based in the Midlands and driven by a host of passionate people, Acti-Fit are on a mission to push the boundaries of coaching by harnessing the power of sport and education.
With a team of experts, they provide 360 coaching consultancy, to support coaches with their educational development.
They embrace an ethos of getting people active and having fun through physical activity and it is an ethos which fits perfectly with the mantra that drives didi rugby and its classes for children up and down the country.
Through their knowledge and support networks, Acti-Fit will help provide didi with the right coaches at the right time for classes across the UK, in areas which are looking to expand.
This will provide not only more dedicated staff to support didi rugby’s ever-growing numbers of young members but will also allow those coaches to gain a professional qualification while doing so.
The Acti-Fit team promise to make those coaches become the best coach they can be and they will also give them the opportunity to become chartered in their respective field.
didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen says she is delighted to confirm the partnership with Acti-Fit.
“We have been chatting to them for a long time about having the same ethos, mentality and goals of getting kids active across the country,” she said. “It has been great to hear their ideas about making people better coaches and managers and putting them onto formal qualifications.
“We are always keen to make our didi coaches the best they can be with ongoing personal development.
“There will be a clear pathway to develop the children, their classes and the coaches who lead them.
“The partnership will also provide a clear pathway for didi coaches and franchise holders to develop and learn while they are on the job.”
didi rugby already teaches a framework which fits in with rugby’s governing body’s guidelines and with Vicky being one of only a handful of RFU Level 4 female coaches in the UK, youngsters who attend didi classes are always in safe hands.
“We are confident that the formal qualifications that Acti-Fit are adding to our coaching will stand us apart from other providers and ensure that customers get the very best from a session when they attend didi rugby with their children.
“It will be a very healthy partnership and it is exciting for me to be able to give our franchisees some great training which will, in turn, support them to support their loyal customers.
Ellis Bailey is a director at Acti-Fit and he says that he quickly realised there was lots of synergy between the two companies soon after meeting Vicky.
“When we set up Acti-Fit, we wanted to do something to make a difference,” said Ellis.
“Like didi rugby, we have a lot of things we feel passionately about like getting kids active and healthy and trying to better the quality of coaching in the UK through education.
“We were happy to start a didi franchise as part of the partnership too and we also wanted to offer franchise owners the opportunity to grow with an educational coaching pathway.
“Whenever we discuss going into a partnership with anyone, we want to invest in people and what I saw from didi rugby was a group of people with a genuine passion for what they believe in.
“It’s not a made-up story. It’s genuinely what they want to do. Vicky is a genuine person with a huge passion for sport and wanting to work for the community.
“Our partnership really is a match made in heaven.”