The Netball Indonesia Project aims to empower young Indonesian women by introducing them to netball and has been developed by Mullumbimby local Meshia Grant and good friend Rebecca Lambert.
Bringing a new sport to Indonesia will promote women’s participation in sport as well as changing perceptions about women’s capabilities, Meisha said.
‘The project will empower young Indonesian women by teaching them netball, which provides a safe space for women to develop skills and knowledge including leadership, teamwork and self-confidence, as well as promoting health, wellbeing and civic engagement,’ she said.
The project, called Netball Indonesia, will run in four schools in Lombok from August till November, 2016.
The idea for the project came out of community-development work Meshia and Rebecca did through the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange.
‘We saw how powerful sport could be for connecting people from different cultures and at providing skills to young people,’ Meisha said.
The project will also provide the opportunity for ten Australian netball representatives to expand their leadership, cross-cultural understanding and netball skills through volunteering in Lombok this October.
Netball players, coaches and umpires are invited to apply for these volunteer opportunities by July 22.
‘It would be great to have more locals involved,’ she said.
See the website netballindonesia.com, or email: [email protected]