didi rugby Reading coaching duo Donna Clark and Clare Swadling explain why their classes are both ‘hilarious’ and ‘very fulfilling’.
Along, with Craig Hunter, the duo have helped build an incredible success story in the Berkshire and Reading area not only for their franchise but for the hundreds of local children at schools and classes in the area.
Those kids are now benefitting from the values that didi rugby promotes and enjoying being active, having fun and gaining in confidence.
Speaking at one of their partner clubs, Reading RFC, ahead of a series of didi rugby sessions, Clare said: “We just want to make sure that the children have a chance to play rugby.
“Running around after small people is hilarious and very fulfilling. They are brilliant to be around and they just love you during the classes. It’s like having a group of puppy dogs! For those 40 minutes, they just idolise you.
50 Classes operating
“I love it here and the atmosphere is so different from where I have come from. I think we have 50 classes operating now and we have only been going for 18 months.”
Donna added: “The spread of didi rugby down here has been huge. We have exploded into schools as well and we are offering session every day of the week.
“Those who are too old for didi rugby are moving onto tag rugby and we love that continuity for children to keep them playing the sport.
“We are also involved with special needs schools and have links with the Berkshire Banshees wheelchair team. We try and support all sorts of areas. There’s loads going on.
“We have an excellent relationship here with Reading RFC but it’s one big family and one big network to attract children and their parents into the sport.
“From speaking to the parents, the children love it. They wake up and say: ‘Is it didi rugby today?’.
“There is a real rapport, they enjoy it and that is what makes them want to come back week after week.”
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