Sport Matters needs your support to help children and youth in Laos use sport to make a positive impact in their community.

You can help by donating a fair-trade rugby ball that will enable over 5,500 children and young people across 12 villages in the Nonghet district of Laos to learn, lead and grow through sport. Give the gift of rugby and order your fair-trade rugby ball today!

Check out all the details in our Give Rugby flyer.



Give Rugby!


Give a ball - $40 AUD

Donate 1 x fair-trade rugby ball to Laos. Your donated 'Rugby for All' ball will be used by children and youth in twelve villages in northern Laos.  



Give 2 balls & get a ball - $80 AUD

Double your impact by donating 2 x fair-trade balls to Laos & get yourself fair-trade promo ball.

Promo balls can be delivered anywhere in Australia. Contact us at for large orders or for shipping outside Australia.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is sport for development?
Access to sport and physical activity is a human right. Sport is well recognised internationally as a low-cost and high-impact tool for development and a powerful agent for social change. It is a culturally accepted activity that brings people together and unites families, communities and nations. Effective sport-for-development programs combine sport and play with other non-sport outcomes to achieve development objectives.
What does Sport Matters do?
Sport Matters is a non-government organisation based in Australia that aims to make a positive and long-lasting impact on development in Australia and developing countries with a focus on the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Our vision is More Sport. Less Poverty. and we believe that sport is unique and very powerful tool to contribute to development in Australia and overseas. Sport Matters is a full member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct.
How is rugby helping children in Laos?
ChildFund Australia works in partnership with children and their communities to create lasting and meaningful change by supporting long-term community development and promoting children's rights. ChildFund Australia believes that every child has the right to live free from poverty. ChildFund Australia partners with the Lao Rugby Federation and uses sport to ensure that children are protected, healthy and participating in the decisions that affect them in their communities.
Why fair-trade?
Child labour in the sports industry is no great secret but switching to fair-trade sports equipment can ensure that you're not contributing to the exploitation of children. Jinta Sport is Australia’s first fair-trade sports brand. The purchase of Jinta Sport products is guaranteed to be child labour free and that the workers involved in the production are treated with dignity and paid living wages. Jinta Sport manufactures their sports equipment at a certified fair-trade factory in Pakistan. The brand name Jinta is a Warlpiri (Australian Aboriginal tribe based in the Northern Territory) word which means ‘one’ and is generally used to mean ‘winner’.
How will my donation help?
Donating a rugby ball will directly support the work of our partners in Laos using sport to empower girls & promote child rights, and support the work of Sport Matters in Australia and in developing countries.
Where will my donated ball go?
The donated rugby balls will be used by the Lao Rugby Federation in the Nonghet district which is located in the Xieng Khouang province in the north of Laos. They will be used in the Lao Rugby Federation’s sport for development activities across twelve target villages in Nonghet which aims to promote child rights, gender equality and life skills in over five a half thousand children and youth. 
What designs are on the rugby balls?  
The rugby balls donated to Lao Rugby Federation are designed with a unique message that reflects the partner organisation and advocacy messages of the project. The message is ‘Rugby for All’ in English and in Lao language. If you choose a give-a-ball and get-a-ball option, the balls are designed with a message of thanks from Sport Matters.
Can I donate more than one ball?
Yes! If you’d like to donate larger quantities please contact Sport Matters at
If I choose the give-a-ball and get-a-ball option, what kind of ball will I get?  
If you choose to double your impact and donate 2 x rugby balls to Laos, you will receive a fair-trade promo ball to thank you for your support. 
Does my purchase include GST?
Yes. Each purchase includes GST (Goods & Services Tax in Australia).
Is my donation tax deductible?
We can provide a receipt for your donation but Sport Matters does not yet have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status in Australia.
When will my Jinta Sport promo or full-sized ball be delivered?
If you donated 2 x rugby ball to Laos, your fair-trade promo ball will be delivered within 2 or more business days within Australia. 
Where can I find more information?
Learn more about the fantastic work of Sport Matters and our partners and see how sport is making a positive impact around the world.
Sport Matters  
ChildFund Australia
Lao Rugby Federation
Jinta Sport


Your donation will help Sport Matters introduce sustainable community projects with our partners in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa using sport as a tool for social change to empower individuals and unite communities.


Sport Matters programs and activities are funded through a variety of channels including government grants, corporate social responsibility, fundraising events, trusts and foundations and public donations. You can make a general donation to Sport Matters through a secure PayPal transfer using the DONATE button below. Donations through our Paypal account are not tax deductible at this stage, however, we can provide you with a transaction receipt.  

Cheques or money orders can be made out to Sport Matters and mailed to us at: Level 32/1 Market Street Sydney NSW 2000.

Your donation will make a difference! Please contact our team for more information at