didi announce partnership with Working With Parents in Sport

A parent supports a child in the WWPIS logo

didi rugby are delighted to announce a new partnership with influential group ‘Working With Parents in Sport’ (WWPIS).

WWPIS supports organisations, parents and coaches in working together to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences.

 Based in the UK, they work with sporting organisations on a global basis and provide unbiased information that understands the difficulties that parents and coaches face in today’s world.

England Rugby

Their partners include: the Youth Sport Trust, England Rugby and UK Coaching among others.

didi rugby’s partnership with WWPIS sees both parties come together to provide the young children and parents, who support didi classes, the opportunity to purchase customised ‘Our Sporting Journey’ books.

A parent supports a child in the WWPIS logo

The books, which will be available soon, have been tailored for those specifically involved in the didi rugby programme and will encourage plenty of activity and interaction away from the classes, thus furthering their sporting education.

The ‘Our Sporting Journey’ series for didi minis (18 months to 3 years old), didi juniors (3 to 4 years old) and didi seniors (5 to 6 years old) incorporates two sporting years in each book with the cricket versions of the books likely due out later this year.

Our Sporting Journey

‘Our Sporting Journey’ is a series of interactive books for children, putting them at the heart of the sporting experience. They allow them to have plenty of fun, grow as people both on and off the field and immerse themselves in their sporting experience as they progress through their sporting journey.

​The books all have plenty of activities for children and encourage positive interaction between children and their parents. They involve plenty of parental involvement, whether that be in having positive conversations, playing in the garden or helping to stick in the pictures that will allow everyone to build up a memory book that will last a lifetime.

A book cover featureing two vcartoon children in didi rugby kits
Our Sporting Journey

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said it was a very exciting collaboration with WWPIS.

“We fully believe that our values and ethos as didi rugby are fully in-line with the wonderful work that WWPIS do.

Physically active

“We are all keen to get children and parents involved, at an early age, of realising the benefits that are to be gained from being physically active.

“This partnership will enable us to influence more families to get involved in physical activities from the age of our early didi classes (18 months) upwards.

“WWPIS have being doing some amazing work and, like us, are keen to promote healthy and active lifestyles, so we are delighted to be able to link up with them on this project.”

Gordon MacLelland, CEO of Working With Parents in Sport, said: ‘It is really exciting to be working with the didi team.

Involved in sport

“It is so important that children have the very best experiences of sport from the youngest ages, so they remain involved in sport and physical activity throughout their childhoods and into adulthood.

“Vicky and her didi rugby team are doing excellent work in this area and we hope the support that we can provide will further enhance their programmes.’

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‘We are by your side’ – didi rugby’s pledge to parents and children during Lockdown 3

didi rugby franchisees hold a meeting online

Founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen has pledged to children and parents with didi rugby memberships that they will be offered fun, online classes and activities to last them through the latest national lockdown in England.

Having enjoyed an incredibly busy time since the restrictions of the first lockdown were lifted, indoor and outdoor didi rugby classes across the country were forced to stop once again for the foreseeable future on January 5.

didi rugby franchisees hold a meeting online
didi coaches hard at work on Zoom to come up with ideas for their online classes

Undeterred – and with plenty of experience from the first time around – didi rugby will be providing some exciting online options for its members to keep children engaged, learning and having fun with other members of their family.

Online classes will also enable didi members to see the friendly faces of their local coaches throughout lockdown and take part in a group activity with children they would normally see on a weekly basis.

Story time

Vicky will also be posting daily challenges and offering competition prizes to keep children and parents very much on their toes. While the incredibly popular evening ‘story time’ is set to make a return to didi’s Facebook page after England star Heather Fisher read to children every week day during Lockdown 1 back in 2020.

“Never has it been more important for kids to do some physical activity, see a familiar face and have fun,” says former England international Vicky.

A laptop computer shows an online didi rugby class
A laptop computer shows an online didi rugby class

“We are determined to make sure that the children and parents who love our sessions still have the opportunity to take part in a didi class every single week for as long as these latest restrictions last for.

“I can promise lots of fun and interaction in a delivery that will be easy to access for every parent on whatever device they choose.

Online classes

“As soon as the latest pandemic restrictions were announced by the Prime Minister, all of our franchisees got together on a Zoom meeting (pictured) to discuss ideas and share best practice and we left that meeting ready, determined and ambitious in what we could achieve for our members.

“Of course, we would all prefer to be meeting our wonderful didi stars in person but, until we are allowed to again, we are all really excited and can’t wait to get going with our online offering.

“This is a challenging time for parents across the country and I promise to those parents with children in our classes that we are by your side every step of the way and will do whatever we can to keep them active and engaged.”

If you would like to join one of our online classes for a free taster session, please contact your local coaches (check www.didirugby.com or on Facebook) or book in online at: www.didirugby.com/find-a-class.

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