The boys — Alanas Stvolas, 14, Matas Juodeikis, 11, and eight-year-old Tomas Sarakojis were invited to form the reception committee on the tarmac. The trio were chosen because they all have family members who come from Lithuania and because of NASSA’s strong partnership links with London City Airport.
Accompanied by NASSA Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE and NASSA Head Coach Aurimas Verbukas, who hails from Lithuania himself, they were whisked through airport security and were given a short talk about the new flight.
They welcomed each passenger as they stepped off the flight. Then it was a quick change back into their school uniform and off to lessons for the day. Natasha Hart said: “It was a wonderful experience for the boys and a reward for all the commitment they show both at school and on the basketball court at NASSA.