Father of three and international cricket superstar Michael ‘Maxy’ Klinger attended a Bedfordale school last month to bestow his knowledge of the game onto his fans.
The Fathering Project activity, which was held at Southern Hills Christian College on March 28, drew quite the crowd with about 20 fathers and father figures and between 20 and 30 students taking part in the action-packed event.
Principal Paul Beacham said the activity acted as a great reminder for fathers about the importance of spending time with their children.
“We tend to think of family holidays as life changing for our kids but even the simple activities in everyday life can speak into the lives of our children,” he said.
“Michael Klinger has achieved so much in his cricketing career and his words of advice for us as fathers was fuel in the tank to keep us going in our family life.”
Fathering Project coordinator David Walker said Mr Klinger spoke about his time juggling family life with his commitments as a professional cricketer.
“Michael’s upcoming stint playing in the English county cricket season will require him being away from home for eight to 10 weeks without his family,” he said.
“He mentioned the commitment, dedication and sacrifice it takes to make it as a professional cricketer and the support he had at an early age from his mum and dad running him around country Victoria.
“I encouraged the dads to approach their fathering as Michael has done with his cricket and to be intentional each day to seize the small moments to connect with their children.”
The activity also included a bowling and batting session in the nets, an indoor cricket match and a barbecue dinner.