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‘GKSC was started dur­ing my BritCham ten­ure ten years ago. We knew we needed to be more in­volved with the In­done­sian com­mu­nity. We also knew In­done­sians were glued to the tele­vi­sion for English Pre­mier League games. We con­sid­ered sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing sport­ing ex­ports could well be the way. Hon­estly, we had no idea that we would go on to play a part in de­vel­op­ing sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties in rugby and hockey. We were also never sure how long these ini­tia­tives could be sus­tained. Now 10 years on we seem to be pro­vid­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties than ever be­fore. The gen­eros­ity of our mem­bers and the for­eign com­mu­nity is ad­mirable. ‘


Most of us take ac­cess to or­ga­nized sport for granted and I was ini­tially un­sure if a com­mu­nity sports pro­gramme was a cor­rect fit for BriCham and our busi­ness-en­gage­ment agenda. How­ever, when I saw the lack of ready-ac­cess to sports and the real im­pact GKSC was hav­ing on chil­dren, sup­ported by a num­ber of global stars over the years and backed up by a com­mit­ted or­gan­i­sa­tion at BritCham, I recog­nised the Cham­ber is an ex­cel­lent part­ner for pro­mot­ing Bri­tish Sports ex­ports and mak­ing a real im­pact in the com­mu­nity. I would like to con­grat­u­late all those who de­vote their skill, ex­per­tise and time in sup­port of GKSC.


‘ It is re­ally pleas­ing to have been around as GKSC evolved from a se­ries of sep­a­rate events to sus­tain­able en­gage­ment in rugby and hockey devel­op­ment. In both cases, we have been able to get both girls and boys in­volved and at the same time keep aligned with the Chambers’ busi­ness devel­op­ment as with Surabaya. A lot of work goes into all of this. We couldn’t have gone from strength to strength with­out so many like-minded friends and all the en­thu­si­asm from the team at the Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice. Whether or not we play any small part in de­vel­op­ing a young national sport­ing icon, there is no doubt that these ac­tiv­i­ties add so much to so many young­sters.’


I was nei­ther in coun­try nor on the Board when this be­gan ten years ago. How­ever, I am proud to note that we re­main the only in­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce with a com­mu­nity port­fo­lio. Sport is a given for chil­dren in the UK. We all know that apart from the pure fun, it is also a great tool for de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship and nur­tur­ing am­bi­tion. As In­done­sia pre­pares to host the Asian games and sports will take a higher pro­file, I hope that BritCham’s mod­est, but sus­tained ef­forts can in­spire some young In­done­sians.

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