Easington Colliery Primary School

Gas Sponsors Easington Colliery Primary School

We have given our backing to Easington Colliery Primary School in East Durham as they eye double success in a national football competition.

Two teams from the school have made it through to the English Schools’ Football Association Under-11s Nations Cup Final after winning their Northern regional heats.
​More than 3,000 schools competed in the English leg of the world’s biggest football tournament for 10-12 year olds, with a boys’ team and girls’ team from Easington Colliery Primary both enjoying success – the first time any school has had two teams in the final of the prestigious competition, in the same year.

Now they will battle it out against other UK finalists for the chance to be crowned national champions at Premier League winners Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on May 22.

GAS, which has a track record of backing local sporting causes, is making a donation to the school to help fund what will be an expensive weekend away. The children will visit a sporting venue on route to the Midlands, with an evening meal and overnight stay to follow before the big matches on the Sunday.

GAS’s contribution will fund the purchase of tracksuits for every child on the trip. The tracksuits will subsequently be worn by pupils attending festivals and events on behalf of the school.

Bradley Groves, our chief executive and chairman, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Easington Colliery Primary School’s bid to become double national champions. It’s a fantastic achievement just to get to the finals and I wish both teams the best of luck on May 22.”

Gary Adey, subject lead for P.E. at Easington Colliery Primary School, said: “We’re really grateful for the donation from GAS. We’ve received several contributions that will help us fund a packed weekend of activities and hopefully give the children the experience of their lives.”

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Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.


“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.