Hetton Juniors Football Club

GF Community Foundation kicks off grassroots sports support at local football club

Following our recent news article about the sponsorship of Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, another local grassroots sport project has been delivered through Great Annual Saving and the GF Community Foundation.

The Foundation has created a partnership with Hetton Juniors Football Club, providing funding which has allowed the club to purchase coats for their coaches and junior players.

Christopher Hughes, Chairman and Head of Player Development at Hetton Juniors Football Club, said: “We’re thrilled with the ongoing support from Great Annual Savings Group and GF Community Foundation.

The support has arrived just in time for the resumption of grassroots sports following a difficult period of multiple COVID lockdowns and the help from Brad, Phil and the team is gratefully appreciated.”

Hetton Juniors Football Club

Phil Andrew, Corporate Director at Great Annual Savings Group, added: “I was delighted to visit the Hetton Juniors ground recently and see the children sporting their new training wear.

It’s humbling to know that as principal partners of SAFC, the GAS Group is still able to invest in the future of grassroots clubs, and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact that the GF Community Foundation will have on sporting communities across the North East.”

Spearheaded by CEO and Chairman of GAS Brad Groves, the GF Community Foundation has been created to address key social issues in four areas across County Durham and Sunderland.

The Foundation will invest in local people to revive communities by restoring hope, encouraging people to make positive changes and reignite community spirit.

Find out more about the Foundation and the great work they do in the community.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

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.