How Elite Sports School in Ragunan Grooms Indonesia’s Top Athletes

Apr 17, 2018 by

A gym building at the school’s complex. (Photo courtesy of

Jakarta. Since Egy Maulana Vikri, Indonesia’s football wonderkid, was signed by Poland’s top-tier club Lechia Gdansk in March, more attention has been paid to SKO Ragunan in Jakarta, a state-run sports school, which groomed the young player.

When Egy flew to Poland to sign a three-year contract, many realized he was not affiliated with any professional club, and all his experience came from the school where he has spent the past three and a half years.

The “SKO” stands for “sekolah khusus olahragawan.” The school’s full name can be translated as Ragunan Elite Sports School.

SKO Ragunan was established in 1977, and has since produced the country’s top athletes, including badminton Olympic gold medalists Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusuma, top tennis player Yayuk Basuki, and national football team’s goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa, midfielder Muhammad Hargianto.

More than 500 students, aged 12 to 17 years old, live in dormitories at the school’s complex. Strict rules apply. They can hangout and relax only if special leave is granted to them, and this does not happen too often.

When the Jakarta Globe met with the school’s headmaster, Suharsono, on Wednesday afternoon (11/04), a student was asking for leave.

“They are not allowed to go outside without permission. If we grant it, they must fill out a form,” Suharsono said, adding that how much time off a student can take depends on his or her coaches and training program.

Source: How Elite Sports School in Ragunan Grooms Indonesia’s Top Athletes | Jakarta Globe

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