Gatwick Check-in to become stadium for Sport Relief

British Airways is celebrating Sport Relief Day on Friday (March 23) by hosting the Boccia 2012 Project in its new state-of-the-art check-in hall at Gatwick’s North Terminal.

Staff and customers will be treated to a display of the competitive Paralympic sport of Boccia, which is similar to bowls but played using soft weighted leather balls. It can be played by people of all ages and with a wide variety of disabilities.

The Boccia 2012 Project is a joint initiative between Reigate & Redhill YMCA and Surrey County Council Adult Services, and aims to raise awareness of the sport across the southeast of England.

The project plans to establish new clubs in every borough across Surrey, helping to give adults and young people with physical or learning disability an opportunity for long term volunteering.

Anyone passing through Gatwick on Friday will be invited to take part in a game and British Airways will be collecting donations for Flying Start, its global charity partnership with Comic Relief.

There will be other fun activities on the ground throughout the day and in the air British Airways cabin crew charity champions will be wearing pedometers so customers can guess how many steps they take during their flight.

In the departure lounge, football freestyler Abbas Farid will demonstrate some of his unique skills and challenge customers to a “keepy up” game. The person who scores the highest number against him will win a pair of British Airways European flights from Gatwick.

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