Parent Max loved didi rugby so much she is now coaching classes

A didi rugby mother Max and her young son Nathan smile at the camera in their garden

Five-year-old Nathan has joined the long line of children from didi rugby Reading to have come through the didi age groups and decided to continue his rugby journey at a local didi partner club.

 

Having loved his didi sessions for three years, Nathan will now move up to tag rugby at Reading RFC and will take all of the skills and confidence he has learned with him.

 

But while he was enjoying his time at didi classes, his mum Max was enjoying it too.

 

A didi rugby mother Max and her young son Nathan smile at the camera in their garden
Max and Nathan with big didi smiles

 

So much so that when she was asked to stand in and help for one particular session, she decided to become a member of the didi rugby Reading coaching team soon after.

 

“Nathan and I have loved our time with didi rugby,” Max said.

 

“And that started from his very first trial session at Blue Coat School in Reading, when coach Clare was running the class.

Attention to detail

 

“They were giving stickers out to say well done to the kids at the end and Clare said it was also someone’s birthday…Nathan’s. I had not even mentioned it to her and that just showed how great their attention to detail was. I was sold at that moment and knew didi was for us.

 

“Nathan has loved it and worked his way through the age groups. He loves all of the coaches and you can tell Craig loves his job too because it comes out in his coaching.”

 

Max added: “Nathan is five now and has been coming to didi for three years. Not only does he love the fun side of things but he has learnt so many new skills, as well as the colours and numbers educational side of things too.

Sense of achievement

 

“I have recently decided to take a career break and when I was asked to help out at a didi session and really enjoyed it, I agreed to do a few more when Craig asked me to.

 

“I am still doing that and I love it. There’s a real sense of achievement for me. Kids come into a new session shy and holding a parent’s hand. Then to play a part in them enjoying themselves, running up to you as a coach and giving you a high-five is great to see. To see their growth in confidence is astonishing!”

 

Max will be coaching throughout the summer and will then help out when needed as the autumn term arrives.

 

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Find a didi rugby class in Coventry and Warwickshire at Leamington Rugby Club

Find a didi rugby class in Coventry and Warwickshire at Leamington Rugby Club

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Leamington Rugby Club in Leamington Spa. 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:
Stoneleigh
Kenilworth
Ashow
Leek Wootton
Cubbington
Leamington

Leamington Rugby Club

Moorefields
Kenilworth Road
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 6RG

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Contact Andy Fox – 07506 191982 
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Find a didi rugby class in Wetherby at Wetherby High School

Find a didi rugby class in Wetherby at Wetherby High School

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes in Wetherby at Wetherby High School. 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: Harewood, East Keswick, Collingham, Boston Spa, Bramham, Tockwith, Tadcaster, Wighill, Spofforth and Bardsey.

Wetherby High School

Hallfield Lane
Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS22 6JS

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Find a didi rugby class in Nottingham at Gotham Village Recreation Ground

Find a didi rugby class in Nottingham at Gotham Village Recreation Ground

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Gotham Village Recreation Ground. 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: Nottingham, Wilford, Ruddington, Bunny, Plumtree, Keyworth, West Bridgford, Compton acres and Clifton.

Gotham Village Recreation Ground

Nottingham Road
Gotham
Nottingham
NG11 0HE

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Contact Marie Chaston – 07853 335425
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Ryan is relishing life after didi rugby Reading graduation

A boy in a green shirt is flanked by rugby coaches. Everyone is smiling

Lisa Radford’s son Ryan was ‘always a bit of a bruiser’ and was up on his feet walking around at just nine months!

 

So, it was no surprise that the family chose rugby as a way for Ryan to use up some of his energy.

 

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Ryan laughs with a didi rugby teddy and ball.

As soon as he was old enough to do so, Ryan joined didi rugby Reading classes at Blue Coat School aged 18 months.

 

It was the beginning of wonderful three-and-a-half years under the watchful eye of didi Reading coaches like Craig Hunter, who have just waved bye to one of their star pupils as he moves up to play tag rugby for local club Abbey RFC.

 

Fun and activity

“Ryan just loved didi rugby from his first visit and was running around loving all the fun and activity,” explained Lisa.

 

“He loved the things like having his ‘listening ears’ on and it was great development for his balance too. On the rare occasion that he was not in the mood for it, the coaches are so good with them and coax them, at their own pace, into getting involved. He has loved it ever since.

 

 

“He started developing a pride in what he did and would tell people that he played rugby.

 

“Coach Craig said that when he turned five, he could move up to a club and that has just happened with us joining Abbey RFC. It won’t be easy to leave didi behind because we have loved all of the games and the coaches too.

 

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“He had his first go at Abbey a few weeks ago and we noticed that step up with a bit less guidance for the children but when he got going, he was so proud of himself. Now, he’s raring to go.

 

“It has been a relatively easy transition and his confidence has grown after years of great encouragement at didi classes.

 

“I will always have a good word to say about didi rugby and the people behind it. They have been fantastic and Craig even phoned us to say thank-you and wish Ryan good luck. That’s a lovely touch.”

 

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Ryan with didi rugby Reading co-owner Donna Clark and fellow didi coaches

didi rugby is a family tradition for the Dearing family

Two boys, Jacob and Harrison Dearing, in a green and white top and a red top smile with a rugby ball

Harrison Dearing is carrying on the family tradition and is thriving at didi rugby classes.

The three-year-old is having great fun taking part in didi rugby Reading sessions at Highwood Primary School, following in the footsteps of his older brother.

Jacob Dearing (6) spent over two years in didi classes having got involved as a three-year-old himself.

Now, he has taken the skills and confidence he learned at didi and is putting it to good use in the minis structure at partner club Reading RFC.

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Jacob Dearing

Whether Harrison will follow him when he becomes too old for didi classes remains to be seen. But for now, mum Karen is just happy they have both benefitted from what the didi classes offer.

“Jacob always loved running around when he was little and so we tried him at didi rugby after seeing it for the first time at a local fete.

Confidence blossomed

“His confidence quickly blossomed during classes at Blue Coat School, and the classes helped him to focus his energy too. The coaches’ approach was great.

“Jacob never really liked the warm-ups and would just watch for 5 or 10 minutes before joining in. But the coaches always coaxed him to get involved, with no pressure and, after a while, he just got stuck in straightaway.

“Now, Jacob has moved up, it has been great to see him playing at Reading RFC and he’s loving it. There have been lots of his didi class move up to Reading so he’s already got friends moving up with him.

“The other week he came to watch Harrison at didi and still joined in!

Family time for the Dearings

“Taking them has been something nice to do as a family too. We would all go to watch Jacob when he first started and, inevitably, when we had his younger brother Harrison, he wanted to join in too.

“Harrison loved getting involved in the Zoom sessions that didi did during lockdown and now he’s loving the classes in person.

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Harrison Dearing

“He was shy to begin with but he loves getting involved and games like ‘foxes tails’ and the ‘obstacle course’.

“Both boys have loved collecting the coloured objects and taking them to the correct bucket. Harrison will count how many he’s got before he puts them in, providing colour recognition and numeracy in one!

“The boys have both loved their classes and their coaches. They are a really nice group of people at didi and have been great with both boys.”

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Jacob (left) and Harrison Dearing

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Find a didi rugby class in Llanelli at Penygroes Village Hall

Find a didi rugby class in Llanelli at Penygroes Village Hall

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby South Wales classes at Penygroes Village Hall in Llanelli.

Our programme 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. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

These classes are ideal for children living in: Llanelli

Penygroes Village Hall

Penygroes
Llanelli
SA14 7PN
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Find a didi rugby class in Cornwall at Truro High School for Girls – PE Hall

Find a didi rugby class in Cornwall at Truro High School for Girls – PE Hall

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Truro High School for Girls – PE Hall. 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: Playing Place, Malpas, Threemilestone, Carnon Downs, Chacewater, Callestick, Shortlanesend, Gloweth, Penweathers, Feock.

Truro High School for Girls – PE Hall

Truro High School for Girls
Falmouth Road
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2HU

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Find a didi rugby class in Bridgend at Pyle RFC

Find a didi rugby class in Bridgend at Pyle RFC

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby South Wales classes at Pyle RFC in Bridgend.

Our programme 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. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

These classes are ideal for children living in: Bridgend

Pyle RFC

Beach Road
Pyle
Bridgend
CF33 6AR
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Contact Jaz Joyce – 07531 318348
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Find a didi rugby class in Llanelli at Penygroes Community Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Llanelli at Penygroes Community Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby South Wales classes at Penygroes Community Centre in Llanelli.

Our programme 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. There are three age groups: 18 months to three years, three to four and four to six.

These classes are ideal for children living in: Llanelli

Penygroes Community Centre

Pavilion
Penygroes
Llanelli
SA14 7PG
Ran by didi Rugby Swansea  

Contact Jaz Joyce – 07531 318348
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