Netball Indonesia

Netball Indonesia is a newly developed project, supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), founded by Meisha Grant and Rebecca Lambert. The project aims to: i) strengthen people-to-people relationships between Australia and Indonesia through sport, and ii) empower women by promoting women’s participation in sport.

The project will provide the opportunity for cross-cultural understanding, encourage young women to participate in sport and provide a safe space for women to develop life skills including leadership, teamwork, self-confidence and solidarity. To date the project has involved: i) teaching netball in three schools in Mataram Lombok, ii) a cross-cultural exchange with twelve Australian netball representatives visiting participating schools on 1st-9th of October 2016and i) a social netball competition between the participating schools. Netball Indonesia is currently looking to strengthen partnerships with other similar projects.

This project uses netball as a vehicle for achieving its aims. Netball is a sport that is popular for women throughout the world, particularly Commonwealth countries. Netball is a ball sport that is played between two teams of seven players. It is similar to basketball but has different rules. For example, you are not allowed to dribble the ball and there is no backboard on the goal ring. Every player has a different position and only two positions can shoot. Netball encourages an active lifestyle, promotes health and wellbeing as well as civic and community engagement.

This initiative aims to develop an ongoing, sustainable netball community in Indonesia, and create new institutional links between Australia and Indonesia. Netball will be the vehicle to deepen people-to-people links and will support a mutually beneficial relationship.

Please check out the blog to read about some of the activities Netball Indonesia has been doing!

What motivated us to create Netball Indonesia?

We met in 2015 when we were both selected to represent Australia as delegates for the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP), where we spent just over two months living and working in West Kalimantan, Borneo in Indonesia. During our time in West Kalimantan, one month was spent living in a rural Indonesian village (Desa Lumbang) doing community development work including projects related to health, education, water management, the environment and sports. Throughout this time, we noticed the benefits of sports in deepening people-to-people relationships and its unique ability to connect people, in a way that little else can. As such, we felt inspired to leverage from our experiences and were eager to continue engagement with a country that we both feel passionately about – Indonesia. Given we both have a background in netball and are aware of its benefits for empowerment, we decided to be proactive and create our own project – Netball Indonesia!

How can you get involved?

If you are interested in getting involved with Netball Indonesia, please contact Rebecca and Meisha – netballindonesia@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

In the wise words of Nelson Mandella…

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sport is the game of lovers.”

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Proyek Netball Indonesia didukung oleh Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) dan didirikan oleh Meisha Grant dan Rebecca Lambert.. Tujuan proyek ini termasuk; 1) mengeratkan hubungan antar manusia dari Australia dan Indonesia melalui olahraga dan 2) memberdayakan perempuan muda melalui olahraga.

Proyek ini akan memberikan kesempatan untuk pemahaman lintas budaya, mendorong perempuan muda untuk berpartisipasi dalam olahraga dan memberikan kesempatan bagi perempuan untuk mengembangkan keterampilan hidup termasuk kepemimpinan, kerja sama tim, kepercayaan diri dan solidaritas. Proyek ini termasuk: i) netball mengajari di tiga sekolah di Mataram, Lombok, ii) dua belas perwakilan netball Australia mengunjungi sekolah-sekolah yang berpartisipasi pada tanggal 1-9 Oktober 2016, dan iii) kompetisi sosial di antara sekolah-sekolah yang berpartisipasi.

Bola Jaring adalah olahraga yang terkenal untuk perempuan, terutama negara-negara Persemakmuran. Bola jaring ada olahraga bola yang dimainkan oleh dua tim berisi tujuh pemain. Olahraga ini mirip bola basket tetapi ada aturan berbeda, misalnya tidak boleh dribble dan tidak ada backboard. Setiap pemain punya posisi yang beda dan hanya dua posisi boleh menembak. Netball mendorong gaya hidup aktif, mempromosikan kesehatan dan kesejahteraan, dan juga keterlibatan masyarakat.

Proyek ini bertujuan untuk mengembangkan komunitas netball yang berkelanjutan di Indonesia dan mengeratkan hubungan di antara Australia dan Indonesia. 

Bagaimana Anda bisa berpartisipasi?

Kalau Anda tertarik untuk berpartisipasi, silahkan hubungi Rebecca dan Meisha – netballindonesia@gmail.com

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