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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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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Contact Lucy Barnett – 07814 873132  
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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.

 

A boy in a red tee-shirt smiles as he picks up a rugby ball and teddy bear
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

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Players from various rugby teams sit together in the stand at Burton Rugby Club.

Young didi rugby Nottingham coach Charlotte Chaston has been putting her rugby skills up against some of the best young players in the country.

Charlotte, daughter of didi rugby Nottingham lead, Marie, played for Loughborough Lightning in the National Centre of Excellence festival at Burton.

Players from all sides at the Burton Centre of Excellence
Players from all sides at the Burton Centre of Excellence

She joined players from Wasps, Saracens, Bristol, Exeter, Worcester, Sale, Yorkshire, Hartpury, Harlequins and Northumberland in a memorable day of rugby which showcased some serious skills.

Climbing the ladder to success

From being a Nottingham Moderns RFC Junior player through to one of the founding players of their girl’s section, the South Notts Sapphires, Charlotte’s love and passion for the sport is continuously taking her further and further.

She has played rugby since the age of eight. She Started with the boys’ team and later helped mum Marie set up the girl’s section at her club, the South Notts Sapphires.

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“She is now keen to help with coaching some of the younger girls,” Marie said. “She loves working with the young children at didi rugby and it has really helped to grow her confidence.”

Charlotte Chaston
Charlotte Chaston in didi rugby kit

“I am so proud of her. She has worked so hard to get where she is. Maybe one day we will see her pulling on an England shirt instead of a didi rugby one!”

Charlotte has now just turned 16 and is playing for Loughborough Lightning Under-18s Centre of Excellence.

Launching in 2019, didi rugby Nottingham hosts classes for children aged 18 months to 6 years.

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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 Devon at Old Heathcoat Hall Community Centre

Find a didi rugby class in Devon at Old Heathcoat Hall Community Centre

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Old Heathcoat Hall Community Centre in Tiverton, Devon. 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: Devon and Tiverton

Old Heathcoat Hall Community Centre

81 King Street
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 5JJ

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Find a didi rugby class in Devon at The Waie Inn

Find a didi rugby class in Devon at The Waie Inn

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at The Waie Inn in Crediton, Devon. 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: Devon and Crediton

The Waie Inn

Zeal Monachorum
Crediton
Devon
EX17 6DF

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Contact Paul Tearle and Gemma Carnegie – 01837 83748  
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Find a didi rugby class in Devon at Chulmleigh Pavillions

Find a didi rugby class in Devon at Chulmleigh Pavillions

Introduce your children to rugby at a young age with didi rugby classes at Chulmleigh Pavillions in Chulmleigh, Devon. 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: Devon and Chulmleigh

Chulmleigh Pavillions

Leigh Road
Chulmleigh
Devon
EX18 7JL

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Contact Paul Tearle and Gemma Carnegie – 01837 83748  
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