Sydney | Published on 30th October 2014 at 8:31

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is teaming up with Qantas Airways to help inspire a new generation of Australian cricketers, as well as encourage indigenous children to get more involved in Australia’s “national sport”.

In his new role as an official Qantas Ambassador, Michael Clarke will lead a series of cricket training programs supported by Cricket Australia and Clontarf Foundation, aimed at introducing more young Australian’s to the game.

Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said he is pleased to welcome Michael Clarke to the Qantas ambassador team.

“We’re very proud to have one of Australia’s top sporting heroes join our ambassador program and we are even more excited about his vision to use this role as a means to promote cricket across the country.”

“Both on and off the pitch Michael is one of the country’s most recognized sporting role models so it’s great that he will now be working with us and with young Australians to inspire a whole new generation of Aussie cricketers”, he said.

Michael said he was looking forward to making a positive impact in his new role as a Qantas Ambassador.

“Travel plays a big role in my life so it’s great to be officially part of the Qantas team. I’m really looking forward to sharing my love of the game with budding cricketers nationwide through this partnership.”

“This program is all about supporting indigenous communities across Australia to take part in one of Australia’s favorite sports.”

He added, “We have a number of high profile indigenous sportspeople across other sporting codes such as AFL and Rugby League so it would be great if this training program inspires one of our indigenous cricket stars of the future,” he said.

Michael Clarke joins other current Qantas Ambassadors John Travolta, Miranda Kerr, Greg Norman, Adam Goodes and Daniel Ricciardo.

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