‘Running around after didi kids is hilarious and fulfilling’ – didi rugby Reading coach

Two didi female coaches speak to the camera at Reading RFC

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.

Reading rugby

 

“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.”

VIDEO: didi rugby Reading co-owners Donna and Craig explain why the didi rugby franchise model has worked for them…

Find a didi rugby class in Reading at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Reading at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Earley, Reading. 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: Earley, Lower Earley, Whitley, Whitley Wood, Shinfield, Tilehurst, Caversham, Sonning, Woodley, Calcot, Twyford, Southcote, West Reading and Prospect Park.

Loddon Valley Leisure Centre

Rushey Way
Earley
Reading
Berkshire
RG6 4GD

Ran by didi rugby Reading

Contact Craig Hunter – 07798 844202
craig.hunter@didirugby.com

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didi rugby Grantham to launch at Kesteven Rugby Club

Children enjoy a didi rugby class ahead of the launch of didi rugby Grantham at Kesteven Rugby Club

Children enjoy a didi rugby class ahead of the launch of didi rugby Grantham at Kesteven Rugby Club

There will be plenty of fun and games to be had when didi rugby Grantham opens its doors to the public with a launch event on Saturday 16 November at Kesteven Rugby Club.

It will be the start of a new franchise which is being run by local resident Kerri Arlando.

Beginning at 9.00am, free taster sessions are on offer to anyone who wants to come along and see what didi rugby is all about as we try to spread the values of fun, confidence and activity throughout Lincolnshire and beyond.

Each one of the three didi rugby age groups will have a session on the day and they cover 18 months to 3 years, 3 years to 4 years and 4 years to 6 years of age.

Regular classes will then begin the following Saturday (23rd) from 9.00am and midweek sessions will also kick off on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am from 27 November.

‘didi rugby is perfect’

 

Understandably, Kerri can’t wait to get things up and running with didi rugby Grantham at a club she already has strong links with.

Kerri still plays rugby and coaches the Under-11s, meanwhile husband Dimitri coaches the Under-13s. And with two boys Leonard (12) and Alfred (10) playing the game too, rugby features heavily in the Arlando family’s weekly routine.

But with her own children growing up fast, Kerri says she misses the interaction of the little ones and so, with a high demand for something like didi rugby in the area, she decided to set up a franchise.

“didi rugby is perfect for what I want to do,” said Kerri. “It is something I can do when they kids are at school and is something that I really love because I love coaching the little kids. They are so funny and I know that my forte.

“We have had lots of parents asking how old you have to be to join the club at Kesteven but we do not have anything below our under-6s, so didi rugby can get them involved from a very young age.

Kesteven Rugby Club

 

“Lots of parents at the club have got small children and as soon as they find out that didi rugby is here, I am sure they bring their kids along as well. I am hoping it is going to be really good.”

didi rugby founder and CEO, Vicky Macqueen, said that Kerri’s passion for what she is doing is obvious.

“Kerri loves what she does and she is a well-known and popular figure around the area so we are all sure she will create a cracking atmosphere for little ones to come along and have some fun and learn some new skills.”

To book your child on for a free taster session at Kesteven on launch day or any of the other classes on offer, by visiting here

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Find a didi rugby class in Grantham at Kesteven Rugby Club

Find a didi rugby class in Grantham at Kesteven Rugby Club

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Kesteven Rugby Club in Grantham. 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 will be ideal for children living in: Old Somerby, Woodnook, Little Ponton, Ropsley, Grantham, Boothby Pagnell and Londonthorpe.

Kesteven Rugby Club

Woodnook
High Duke
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG33 5AA

Ran by didi rugby Grantham
Contact Kerri Arlando – 07934 888581
kerri.arlando@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Market Bosworth at Market Bosworth Rugby Club

Find a didi rugby class in Market Bosworth at Market Bosworth Rugby Club

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Market Bosworth Rugby Club in Market Bosworth. 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.

Classes here will be ideal for children living in: Market Bosworth, Cadeby, Shenton, Sutton Cheney, Osbaston, Carlton, Barlestone and Newbold Verdon.

Market Bosworth Rugby Club

Cadeby Lane
Market Bosworth
Warwickshire
CV13 0BA

Ran by didi rugby Midlands
Contact Vicky Macqueen – 07812 082375-
vicky@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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Find a didi rugby class in Swansea at Gendros Community Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Swansea at Gendros Community Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Gendros Community Centre in Swansea. 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: Swansea, Gendros, Penlan, Portmead, Fforest-fach, Cockett, Cwmdu, Manselton, Townhill, Cwmbwria, Tre-boeth and Brynhyfryd.

Gendros Community Centre

Gendros Avenue East
Gendros
Swansea
Wales
SA5 8DE
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 Gloucestershire at Lydney RFC

Find a didi rugby class in Gloucestershire at Lydney RFC

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Lydney RFC in Gloucestershire.

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.

Classes here are ideal for children living in: Lydney, Bream, Pillowell, Whitecroft, Chepstow, Blakeney, Yorkley, Parkend, Woolaston and Clearwell.

Lydney RFC

Regent Street
Lydney
Gloucestershire
GL15 5RN

Ran by didi rugby Gloucestershire
Contact Suzanne Appleby-Jones – 07872 921856
suzanne.appleby-jones@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Gloucestershire at Cinderford RFC

Find a didi rugby class in Gloucestershire at Cinderford RFC

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Cinderford RFC in Gloucestershire.

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: Cinderford, Ruspidge, Littledean, Ruardean Hill, Upper Soudley, Mitcheldean, Blaisdon, Westbury-on-Severn, Drybrook, Lydbrook, Longhope and Newnham.

Cinderford RFC

The Beavis Memorial Ground
Dockham Road
Cinderford
Gloucestershire
GL14 2AQ

Ran by didi rugby Gloucestershire
Contact Suzanne Appleby-Jones – 07872 921856
suzanne.appleby-jones@didirugby.com

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Find a didi rugby class in Crewe at New Life Community Church

Find a didi rugby class in Crewe at New Life Community Church

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at New Life Community Church in Crewe. 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: Wells Green, Wistaton, Wistaton Green, Woolstanwood, Willaston, Shavington, Basford, Weston and Crewe.

New Life Community Church

Fuller Drive
Crewe
Cheshire
CW2 6TH

Ran by didi rugby Crewe and Nantwich
Contact Kate Heirene –
katie.h@didirugby.com

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