Exciting partnership sees the launch of ‘didi first aid’ services

didi rugby have teamed up with one of the country’s most-loved first-aid educational providers to offer top-notch training to new franchise owners and coaches.

The new partnership with Green Box First Aid will be called ‘didi first aid’ and will involve a lot more than up-skilling new and current coaches.

Sessions will be put on at various didi rugby sites across the country to offer paediatric training for parents – as well as special learning demonstrations for children to help them learn life-saving techniques to use themselves.

Green Box First Aid have had years of providing some much-loved educational sessions, providing skills and knowledge to help people who may not survive without intervention. Crucially, Green Box’s delivery in those lessons is done in a way which people can relate to.

Operating across the country, MD Paul Markham and his team give attendees confidence to tackle everything from day to day cuts, bumps and bruises to life threatening situations.

didi first aid

didi rugby are always fully committed to providing sessions in a safe environment and promoting a healthy livelihood. Now they are delighted to be able to offer all of its didi first aid training under the leadership of Green Box.

Those who complete a didi first aid course will receive an official didi first aid at work Level 3 VTQ qualification, with a paediatric focus. This can also be used by those who complete the course as an emergency first aid at work qualification.

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said she was delighted to complete a partnership with such a well-respected five-star company.

“We are very excited to join up with Green Box,” she said. “Paul and his team have a huge amount of experience in delivering first aid for all ages in various settings from work places to schools.

Crucial life skills

“They are also as passionate as we are, about ensuring that adults and children are aware of what to do if the unexpected happens.

“To have someone like Paul on board, in our team, means we have another member of didi HQ who is committed to the same values and ethos as the rest of us.

“Paul’s enthusiasm is infectious and he will be up-skilling adults and children on some crucial life skills while he works with us. This official didi partner will make sure that everyone is on the same page and that crucial first aid skills are offered to everyone who is involved with didi rugby.

“Safety is paramount in all aspects of didi rugby life and didi rugby first aid will ensure the best grounding is given to everyone involved.”

Paul said he couldn’t wait to get to working with the didi family.

“We are so excited to be working closely with a fantastic company like didi rugby,” he said. “didi first aid will see us training didi’s coaches in really important first aid skills so that children are safe in the environment.

“We are also excited about launching our work with under-6s as well.

“We are going to give those under-6s the opportunity to learn some really valuable skills which will help them and will introduce them to first aid.

“Green Box have worked with this age group for a long while and make learning for this age group both fun and easy to understand.”

didi rugby Italy team visit HQ to kick-start partnership

didi rugby’s launch in Italy took another huge step forwards as a team of delegates from Colorno Rugby Club visited England for three days of training.

Michele Mordacci, Sara Iounesi and Irene Campanini enjoyed a fact-finding weekend with the team from didi HQ as they were taken through all of the elements which have combined to make didi rugby such a huge success in the UK.

The knowledge gleaned from their visit to the Midlands will enable them to set up the same systems in Italy as didi rugby spreads its fun and values to Europe.

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said it was great to spend some time with the visitors.

The didi rugby Italy team enjoyed a warm welcome

Same values

“We have been to Colorno and enjoyed their wonderful hospitality and so it was time for us to return the favour,” she said. “We already know Rugby Colorno share the same values as we do and we cannot wait for didi to hit the ground running in Italy.

“Sara, Michele and Irene are perfect ambassadors for their club and are seen by all of us at didi HQ as friends, not just work colleagues. They were warmly received by children and parents at the classes they got involved in and they have made lots of new friends too after socialising with the same passion as they work with!”

didi rugby classes in Italy are set to start very soon.

New Leicestershire didi rugby classes launching in Huncote and Stoney Stanton

didi rugby classes are growing in Leicestershire again with new launches coming up in Huncote and Stoney Stanton.

Sessions for all three didi age groups will be coming to both venues.

The Huncote launch will take place on Saturday 7 September at Huncote Leisure Centre with free taster sessions for all three age groups from 8.45am to 10.45am.

Regular classes with then begin the following Saturday at the same times.

There is always plenty of fun at a didi rugby class

Regular classes

Meanwhile, the launch at Stoney Stanton will take place on Monday 9 September from 4pm to 5pm.

The venue for that will be the Stoney Stanton Village Hall and that is where regular classes will then commence from Friday 13 September from 4pm to 6pm, again serving all three didi age groups.

And there is a new venue for didi rugby in Lutterworth, starting on Saturday 31 August.

Due to Lutterworth Rugby Club having World Cup events throughout the autumn, didi classes will move to Steph’s Swim School, Sheridan House, Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4DY. All visitors are asked to park in the nearby medical centre car park and walk up to the venue. Classes begin at 9.40am.

Dom Osborn will be head coach at all of the above venues. The secondary school PE teacher has already been delivering didi rugby sessions as a coach at other venues in the county and seen her daughter enjoy didi rugby sessions too.

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said: “Because Dom has been coaching didi rugby for a while now, we already know the passion and energy she will bring to these classes.

“She has a great rapport with both kids and parents and, like Dom, we can’t wait to get the sessions up and running.”

didi rugby partnership with Burford Academy launches in style

The first event of the newly-formed partnership between didi rugby and the Burford Academy has taken place at Reading RFC.

Former England team mates Vicky Macqueen and Rachael Burford have joined forces to provide a day of fun, games and activities for children aged between 18 months and 18 years of age.

Vicky’s didi rugby operates franchises across the country, while Rachael runs the coaching academies for girls aged between 8 and 18 alongside her commitments in the professional game.

The first one of many joint ventures took place at one of didi rugby Reading’s partner clubs, Reading RFC.

“It’s all about collaboration and bringing great people together to work side by side,” said Vicky.

didi rugby and Burford Academy children had a great day

Physical activity

“We are all spreading the gospel of rugby and physical activity and it’s great to see young people growing in confidence by playing the game.

It was great to see the didis having fun with their coaches while the older girls were working so well with their role models, Rachael Burford and (England scrum-half) Leanne Riley.

“Rachael and I played together and since I retired, I have watched her progress. Now she is a business woman too promoting the sport and I hope this will be a long partnership that both of us enjoy.

“This particular partnership creates a nice pathway specifically for girls. Anything we can do to grow the game for girls is great to see.”

Rachael said the group at Reading at been split into two different working age groups: “We want them to get to know each other and so we start the day with an ice-breaking session to get them laughing and interacting,” she said.

“Our camps are for girls from all over the area and are from all different clubs. Some have been playing for half a year and some for eight years. We take all ages from post didi classes up to under-18s.


“Every time I see the girls growing in confidence and saying they are having a good day, that really is fulfilment and I always walk away buzzing.”

Rachael’s England Women’s colleague Leanne Riley, fresh from her country’s summer Tests in America, added: “These sort of opportunities were few an far between when I was growing up. It’s nice to get involved with Rachael, see her way of working and it has been a really good session.

“I come from a big family with little ones running around so to see didi rugby in action is great too. It’s a great concept and it’s nice to see them running around with a rugby ball in their hand, having a lot of fun.”

didi rugby Reading’s Donna Clark played a huge part in organising the day.

“Seeing so may happy, smiling faces having fun and running around is great to see,” she said. “Our growth as didi rugby Reading has gone nuts in the last few weeks!

Clear pathway

“We now have Saturday and Sunday classes and we are in schools five days a week in lots of locations across Berkshire.

“Our children feed through to clubs like Reading and there is a clear pathway for them when they are too old for didi rugby.

“Coming through the ranks of didi rugby gives them the chance to move into club rugby which is a win/win situation for us and the clubs we partner with.”

Daughter Charlotte’s love of rugby helps get didi rugby Nottingham ready for launch

Marie Chaston’s route to didi rugby has taken the long way round.

And it’s fair to say that she would not be involved in rugby at all were it not for her daughter, Charlotte (13).

“Charlotte has always loved rugby and was running around playing with the boys as a youngster. I used to stand on the sidelines and watch until one day, I was asked to help out coaching,” said Marie. “So I did my courses and got involved.

“I quickly fell in love with the sport and the social side of it was just fantastic. I just wish I had played it myself when I was growing up too!”

When Charlotte reached the age of 12, regulations wouldn’t allow her to play with the boys any more and so Marie set up a girls team at their club, Nottingham Moderns.

didi rugby Nottingham owner Marie Chaston

Coaching sessions

With half a team coming to regular coaching sessions, Marie met a fellow girls’ coach at West Bridgford who was in the same boat and the two decided to join forces.

They created the South Notts Saphires and now have teams at under-13, 15 and 18 levels. The under-18s then go on to join the West Bridgford Ladies team when they get too old.

Marie’s love of the sport made the prospect of joining didi rugby an exciting one when she saw an advert for new coaches and when she spoke to founder Vicky Macqueen about getting involved, didi rugby Nottingham was born and is due to launch at Nottingham Moderns RFC on Saturday 21 September.

“I am super excited to start my didi rugby journey,” said Marie. “Children’s development has been a passion of mine since 2010 when I started my child-minding business and to link that passion with my love for rugby is a dream come true.

“Having the knowledge of child development and understanding children alongside my experience of coaching and building our girls’ section at Nottingham Moderns (South Notts Sapphires) will I hope, make didi rugby Nottingham a huge success.


“I have been out of childcare for 2 years and I have missed it more than I ever thought I would. Working with children and rugby is who I am and it has taken this time away for me to realise what a huge part of me that is.

“I can’t wait to get started, build the classes and ultimately get more children active, having fun and hopefully building a passion for the wonderful sport that is rugby.”

Vicky Macqueen said she had been very impressed by Marie’s passion and determination since they began talking about launching a franchise in Nottingham.

“It is great to have someone else with Early Years Foundation Stage experience involved in the business,” she said. “Marie is also a string advocate for girls rugby and has already met many other franchise holders after coming to our Annual Presentation Day in July.

“We will be right behind her to help spread the didi values to Nottingham.”

didi rugby Nottingham classes are due to begin at Nottingham Moderns RFC in Wilford on Saturday mornings from 9am to Midday and in Gotham.

Continuing expansion in north-west for didi rugby as Chester classes open

didi rugby is coming to Chester and interest in the upcoming classes is already growing at an incredible rate.

Having advertised launch party sessions for all three age groups just a couple of weeks ago, franchise owner Katie Heirene is considering putting on more classes because some of the scheduled ones are already full!

Sessions will get underway on Sunday 15 September at 9.00am and will take place at Chester Rugby Club after a partnership was formed between them and new didi rugby Chester owner Katie Heirene.

It’s the latest partnership between a didi rugby franchise and a local rugby club with the goal of not only forming stronger links with the sport in the community – but to also provide a seamless pathway for children when they become too old for didi rugby at the age of 5 or 6 and move up into the club’s minis section.

Katie says she can’t wait to get the classes up and running and share the fun and success she has enjoyed since beginning her didi rugby journey in the Crewe and Nantwich area.

Katie Heirene having fun with her didi rugby stars

Fantastic club

“I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing didi rugby to Chester, especially given that we will be based at Chester Rugby Club itself,” said Katie.

“It is a fantastic club with a thriving youth section that we are delighted to be able to add to by offering our classes for boys and girls from as young as 18 months.

“We launched in Crewe and Nantwich last September and have been overwhelmed with the response. Both the classes and schools programme have been hugely popular and we were even able to run our first Key Stage 1 rugby festival for local primary schools at Tarporley High School last May.

“didi rugby helps us to inspire more kids to get active and hopefully begin an interest in all sports. It is also a great way for parents to spend some quality time with their didi stars.

“Probably the most rewarding thing about didi rugby by far has been watching the confidence of our didi stars soar. After just 12 months, many of them are now participating in games and activities independently with their friends, even those in the Under 3s class!

Growing bond

“It really is an incredible transformation, the growing bond between class mates and their coaches has been a wonderful thing to watch, both for me and the parents. And seeing red, sweaty and smiley faces at the end of a didi rugby session is always a satisfying feeling. If we can achieve this, we know we have done our job!”

To book your child in for a free taster session at Chester Rugby Club, follow this link.

As well as the classes in Chester, Katie is also opening new lessons in Sandbach at the Sandbach Health and Fitness Centre.

Classes get underway from Sunday 8 September from 8.50am.

To book your child in for a free taster session, follow this link.

Spaces created in Hinckley and Burbage didi classes as graduates move up to tag rugby

Spaces have become available in didi rugby Midlands classes based in the Hinckley and Burbage area after a number of stars have graduated to club tag rugby.

In Burbage at Millennium Hall, half a dozen places are up for grabs after a group of six-year-olds moved up to play for their local clubs.

While at Hinckley Leisure Centre, there are some spaces for classes covering all three didi rugby age groups: 18 months to 3 years, 3 years to 4 years and 4 years to 6 years.

The classes on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Leisure Centre give parents the opportunity to bring their kids to didi classes without it eating into their weekend.

While the Wednesday class at 3.45pm is an ideal after-school activity to get your children active and having fun.

Children enjoying didi rugby in Hinckley

Taster session

didi rugby’s Hinckley and Burbage classes have been busy for a long time and interested parents are invited to book a place for their children before the classes fill up (see links below).

Any newcomers to didi rugby are entitled to a free taster session to see if they like it before reserving a place.

didi rugby founder Vicky Macqueen still coaches many of the classes in this area and says she is always excited to send graduates off to play tag rugby.

“It’s always an amazing feeling to see didi stars move up from our eldest age group and onto local clubs to continue their rugby journey,” she said.

“It sometimes brings a tear to my eye because I am so happy that they are continuing to play the game but also because I will miss having them and their parents around at class time.

Parents welcome

“When that happens, it does create spaces in our class though and so we are really excited to meet and have fun with anyone who wants to come and give didi rugby a try.

“We make children and their parents very welcome and the free taster session is there to help parents – and children – decide if they want to come back again. We are very confident that they will want to do so.”

There are also very limited places available at didi rugby Midlands classes on Saturdays at Hinckley Rugby Club and the St Francis Centre, Tudor Road, Hinckley.

Contact Vicky@didirugby.com for further information or book a free taster session online at our Find A Class page.

Calling all sporty mums and dads!

Calling all Sporty Mums and Dads – do you want to gain some life balance with the summer holidays upon us?

didi rugby is a franchise-based business that has opportunities all over the UK and in other English speaking markets.

The business is actively looking to expand, ready for the back-to-school term in September and franchise manager Sanchia De Lacy suggests that getting involved in didi rugby could be ideal for a new work/life balance.

“Being a busy mum of very active twin girls I really understand the importance of having a balance between life and work,” she said.

“I have been supporting new franchisees with their business set-up over time and I truly believe that anyone can do this with the right passion and drive to both get kids active and also have the desire to work for themselves.

didi rugby franchise owner Kiri Bennett getting support from two didi rugby ambassadors

Business owner

“didi rugby has grown across the UK in the last 18 months and I have been lucky enough to work with all types of people to help them get started with their ‘new way of balancing life, work and  play’.

“It’s not an easy option, but becoming a didi franchise business owner does come with some perks that any parent would see as a massive influence on their life.

“Pick your own days for delivery, select class times that suit your area, get others involved and working in your business, help these people grow into great coaches and become the coaching lead yourself, as well as becoming an actual business owner.

“There could be no more 9-5 and missing school pick-up and sports days, and no more stressing around holiday cover. didi rugby run their core classes around term times only so this really can work for parents with the drive and interest.”

And Sanchia added that you don’t need to be a rugby expert to make a didi franchise work well.


“An interest in rugby obviously helps and you don’t need to be an established coach either because we can support you with this too.

“You don’t need to know how to run your own business – this will come over time. And you don’t need to start a business from scratch – we have already done this and have the tools all ready for you to use.

“Most importantly, you don’t have to be scared of failing – the didi family work with you and our values encourage sharing and airing”.

So… could this be you? Are you ready for a fresh and exciting new challenge? Do you want to be part of a close-knit and driven with access to all of other franchise to help steer you through the process?

We have part-time and full-time areas available now for sale, including a number of live patches with classes already established.

Please email Sanchia on sanchia.delacy@didirugby.com for further information or call founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen on (07812) 082375.

didi rugby fun and games featured at the Snap Dragon Festival

didi rugby has enjoyed two great days out at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Snap Dragon Children and Family Festival.

Hundreds of children have taken part in didi sessions during the festival at both Market Bosworth and Hinckley sites.

The Snap Dragon Festivals provide free or very low-cost activities for local families in the area and are held are various sites across the district.

The idea is to provide fun and activity to families during the school summer holidays from 11am to 3pm each day.

Children enjoy didi rugby at the Snap Dragon Festival

New skills

didi rugby was invited to get involved in both Hinckley and Bosworth and thoroughly enjoyed helping youngsters learn new skills and gain in confidence while doing so.

didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen said it was fantastic to see so many families outside and getting involved.

“It was an honour to be asked to provide didi rugby at the Snap Dragon Festival,” she said. “There were so many children having a go, it was great to see.

“The festival is a fantastic idea by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and so well organised by Liz Causon and her team.

“We are hoping to see some of the children who had a go at the festival, at our classes when we re-start after the summer holidays.”

New venue to kick-start classes in Lichfield

A new venue will kick-start new classes at didi rugby Lichfield in September.

The Curborough Community Centre will host all three didi rugby age groups between 9am and 11am.

A sizzling launch party is set for Saturday 7 September with regular classes taking place after that.

Franchise owners Mollie Latham and Ros Wiggins – who have already made a huge success of their classes in didi rugby Stone & Stafford – will be helped by head coach Carmel Elliot and all three are excited to get things up and running.

“We can’t wait for the launch party so we can all get going,” said Mollie. “Due to popular demand, we have found a bigger venue, which means that even more didi rugby stars can join in the fun.”

Ros added” “It has been amazing to see the children at our Stone and Stafford classes grow and deveop over the last few months and we can’t wait to spread the didi spirit to the rest of the county.”

New didi rugby venue in Lichfield

New venue

Carmel has been involved in the Lichfield set-up for over a year already and she said: “I am super excited to be expanding the didi family and having a new venue to accommodate this growth is awesome. My didi journey so far has been incredible and this marks an exciting new chapter.”

Classes at the Curborough Community Centre will run as follows:

  • 18 months to 3 years: 9.00am to 9.40am
  • 3 years to 4 years: 9.40am to 10.20am
  • 4 years to 6 years: 10.20am to 11.00am

All parents are invited to bring their child along for a free taster session to see if they like what Ros, Mollie and Carmel have to offer. Book your place by visiting here: https://bit.ly/2KsvyNj

Curborough Community Centre is located on Reynolds Close in Lichfield, WS13 7NY.