Sports development news in Indonesia

The establishment of the Australian Sports Group Indonesia draws together Australians in leadership roles in sports in Indonesia to discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly expanding grass-roots sporting facilities for Indonesians, managing Australian sports volunteers, and promoting positive values in sports in Indonesia. Sports represented include Football, Cricket, Rugby, Australian Football and Athletics.

Netball’s new Jakarta Komodos club

A new netball club has been established in Jakarta, with Australians representing about 30% of members. Amie Rae, captain of the Jakarta Komodos, says the club is based at the British International School in Bintaro but is looking for covered courts in other areas of Jakarta.

The team has just returned from participating in the inaugural Singapore Cricket Club Netball 7s tournament and is looking forward to welcoming new members, including Indonesians interested in the game. Training takes place at 4.30pm Wednesdays and 4pm Fridays at BIS.

Details: Amie Rae at

Rugby gains official recognition in Indonesia

Rugby football - Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesia - has become a Permanent Member of the National Sports Committee of Indonesia (KONI - Komite Olahraga Nasional Indonesia).  This is official recognition of the sport’s growing popularity and its organizational status in 12 of the country’s 34 provinces.

Modern development in the game commenced with the establishment of Rugby Indonesia in 2004 by four Australians and three other expatriates.  Thiess were the first sponsors of Indonesian Rugby, followed by Qantas and Leighton. Volunteers through the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD) program have also played a role.

Details: Steve Barber at