The trip was a fantastic opportunity for the WACA to continue to build on its relationship with Persatuan Cricket Indonesia and also to provide their coaches with an ‘Australian Way’ coach development opportunity.

The week-long visit consisted of beginner and advanced coaching courses for more than 25 male and female Indonesian coaches held at the State University of Jakarta, as well as many training sessions hosted at a number of local sporting venues.

WACA Coach and Talent Specialist Job van Bunge facilitated many of the training sessions and said it was a successful visit.

“The engagement with the advanced coaches was high throughout the course and despite the language barrier we found a way to communicate effectively, especially during the practical elements, which made the course really enjoyable,” he said.

“The coaches showed an enormous hunger for both the theoretical and practical content and asked so many questions during all the sessions held.

“Despite a lack of cricket facilities across the country, the mindset of being able to develop players and provide fun environments for juniors is one of the key outcomes of the course.”

The workshops delved into coaching philosophy; what makes a good coach and the development and planning that goes into valuable sessions and creating positive training environments.

“One of the best parts was to explore an Indonesian Way of Coaching with the coaches, much like the recently established Australian Way by Cricket Australia,” van Bunge said.

‘Cricket Indonesia is invested in growing the game of cricket locally together with the ICC and with partnerships like this one with the WACA, we can share knowledge and experience and learn from each other.

“I’m very much looking forward to returning next April and finding out how the coaches have been able to implement some fresh concepts and training methods."

The WACA are planning to return next April to see how the coaches have developed their coaching methods ahead of the 2020 Papua PON National Games, the biggest multi-sport competition in the country.