FEATURE:  Shuttle Time Connect, Nepal – Gold Coast Exchange

28 June, 2017

Sport Matters teamed up with Badminton Australia to bring together school children from Nepal and Australia as part of the innovative Shuttle Time Connect program.


Sport Matters, in partnership with Badminton Australia, deliver a program called Shuttle Time Nepal that is proudly supported by the Australian Government under the Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP) small grant fund. 

Shuttle Time Nepal is a school badminton program which aims to promote peace, health and social inclusion in Nepal and has reached over 500 school teachers across all five regions of Nepal.

Through this initiative, Sport Matters and Badminton Australia introduced a new component to the program called Shuttle Time Connect to link schools in Nepal and schools in Australia through the shared experience of sport.

The ASP program is part of the Australian Government’s Sports Diplomacy strategy which aims to build people-to-people connections between Australia and Asia.

With the Shuttle Time Nepal program being in its second year, the exchange visit to the Gold Coast in Australia was designed to forge ongoing links between schools in Nepal and Australia that will continue to last well beyond 2017.

In May 2017, the Sudirman Cup, an international badminton team event was held in Australia for the first time at Carrara Sports Complex on the Gold Coast. The Sudirman Cup hosted 1500 competitors from 30 countries.

Shuttle Time Connect was hosted in conjunction with this international badminton event, with Badminton Australia and Sport Matters facilitating a sporting, educational and cultural exchange for seven primary school students and two teachers from our Shuttle Time schools in Nepal, along with program supporters and staff. The program allowed for children and teachers from Nepal and the Gold Coast to share cultures, interests and their experiences of Shuttle Time.

Shuttle Time Connect took place from Friday 20th May – Tuesday 29th May, and activities for the Nepalese delegation included the following:

  • Visited Wildlife Currumbin Sanctury
  • Attended opening of the Sudirman Cup at Carrara Sports Complex
  • Sudirman Cup School Engagement for Shuttle Time (joined over 500 Gold Coast primary school students for badminton activities on court, for workshops that used badminton to promote peace, health and social inclusion, for a tour of the athlete facilities at Carrara Sport and Liesure Centre and to watch a session of the Sudirman Cup
  • Educational and cultural exchange with Gold Coast schools which included each student from Nepal staying with a host family for three nights and spending three days at a different Gold Coast school
  • Attended the final of the Sudirman Cup
  • Performed Nepalese cultural dances on the finals days of the Sudirman Cup
  • a Big Aussie BBQ hosted by Runaway Bay Lions Club for Shuttle Time Connect students, teachers, school principals, host families, program partners and representatives from the Nepalese community on the Gold Coast
  • Swimming lessons and beach visits (for the first time ever!)
  • Sightseeing

The Nepalese Shuttle Time Connect schools included Bagiswori Higher Secondary, Basu Higher Secondary, Jana Sewa Higher Secondary, Ratna Rajya Higher Secondary, Kalikasharan Higher Secondary, Sitaram Higher Secondary and Bal Bikash Secondary School.

The Gold Coast Shuttle Time Connect schools included Surfers Paradise State School, Park Lake State School, Cedar Creek State School, Russell Island State School, Robina State School, Southport State School and Bay View State School.

Both Sport Matters and Badminton Australia are extremely grateful to all of these schools for their support of the program and their wonderful contribution to Shuttle Time Connect.

The entire program was a wonderful succuss, with the Gold Coast Schools describing both the cultural exchange and the Sudirman Cup School Engagement as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Host families were equally pleased to be involved in the program, each expressing they would like to stay in touch with their Nepalese host student. 

The program attracted great media attention on the Gold Coast, even being captured by the Channel 7 Gold Coast news. You can view this on Facebook at:



Sport Matters Joins With NRL to Celebrate IDSDP 

3 April, 2017

Sport Matters is teaming up with the NRL to celebrate the 4th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

On Thursday April 6, Sport Matters and the NRL will host a morning tea at Moore Park in Sydney, launching a two day social media campaign for IDSDP. 

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrates the power of sport as a development tool in driving social change and community development in fostering peace and understanding.

So, keep a close eye on @SportMattersAU and our Facebook page to join the campaign and raise awareness. Get your tweets ready and join us on April 6 as #WePlayTogether for #IDSDP2017

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Sport Matters CEO Travels To Pakistan For New Squash Development Project

March 25, 2017

The Pakistan Squash Federation has launched a new development initiative in collaboration with Squash Australia and Sport Matters. 

The 'Squash Classroom' is a development project proudly supported by the Australian Government - through the Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP) program - which will use squash to promote health, gender equality and education for youth in Pakistan.

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Sport Matters Celebrates International Women's Day In Bangladesh 

March 8th, 2017

Sport Matters CEO Jackie Lauff and BWF trainer Marianne Loh joined with the Shuttle Time Bangladesh team in celebrating International Women's Day in Dhaka.

They were there to conduct a teacher training course for 32 local primary school teachers (100% women!) and took the opportunity to celebrate gender equality with the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, teachers, students & their families. 

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Sport Matters Joins Shuttle Time Nepal For Regional Para-Badminton Workshop

March 6th, 2017

The first BWF South Asia Regional Para-badminton workshop was hosted by Nepal Badminton in association with Sport Matters.

The President of the Nepal Badminton Association, Ramji Bahadur Shrestha, addressed the gathered audience at the opening of the workshop underlining the ability of sport to empower people of all abilities.

Coaches from seven South Asian countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the workshop.

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