Converting children to rugby

The Didi Rugby classes are going from strength to strength.
The Didi Rugby classes are going from strength to strength.

Youngsters in the Pocklington and district area now have a way to run off some energy while learning how to play rugby.

Didi Rugby North Yorkshire and East Riding is going from strength to strength following its official launch in Pocklington recently.

Children show off their rugby skills.

Children show off their rugby skills.

Run by local residents Emma and Pete Cutress, Didi Rugby is an activity class for children 18 months to six years designed to promote active, healthy lifestyles from as young an age as possible while developing the core skills and values of rugby. Founded nearly three years ago by ex England international Vicky Macqueen, Didi Rugby has become a very successful way to introduce youngsters to the sport.

Held at the Scout Hut in Pocklington, the open day event was hailed a great success despite the freezing weather.

Emma and Pete are now putting together plans for a Special May half-term camp from Tuesday 29 May to Thursday 31 May.

Emma said: “The first few weeks have flown by with classes growing in Pocklington and Clifton Moor.

Having a ball with the little ones.

Having a ball with the little ones.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response since the launch event.

“We’re particularly excited that in addition to our regular public classes, we are supporting local schools in delivering sessions to encourage active, healthy lifestyles to their students.

“We’ve really appreciated the support from local businesses and the rugby club in getting the word out there about Didi Rugby. The response we’ve had from the local community has been brilliant and we already have a waiting list for our weekday sessions in Pocklington.”

Any interested party can book a free taster session at Pocklington Scout Hut or join the May half-team camp by contacting Emma on 07730 596663 or by emailing emma.cutress@didirugby.com.

A medal for a job well done.

A medal for a job well done.

A conversion to the new Didi Rugby sessions in Pocklington.

A conversion to the new Didi Rugby sessions in Pocklington.

Youngsters learn the basics during the recent event.

Youngsters learn the basics during the recent event.