remembering those we have lost

  Joe Grainger
  30 August 1971 - 12 November 2020

I am sad to report that I have heard that our friend and good basketball legend from Gloucester Saxons; Joe Grainger passed away yesterday. 

Even though, I didn’t know him too well, he always was polite and energetic when talking about basketball.  His very short time in the YBL he proves what Darren Cooke says about his enthusiasm and his character.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends and those of the Gloucester Saxons.

Darren Cooke of Gloucester Saxons wrote about his dear friend Joe;
“This week we lost a unique and widely loved member of our basketball family. Joe Grainger most recently served the game as Chairman of Gloucester Saxons.  Not only that, but Joe co-ordinated Glozball; training of officials matches for multiple junior age group teams and so enabled thousands of court hours for players from Gloucester and beyond. 

“We will celebrate all that Joe brought to our lives properly very soon. In the meantime, our thoughts go out to Joe’s family, close friends and every life he touched. 

“Rest easy Joe, we’ve got this”.

Emma-Jane at Worcester wrote about Joe;
"Basketball community has lost a true legend today.  R.I.P @JoeGrainger. Many of you may know Joe had been battling with leukaemia for many years, but this didn’t stop him. 

"He was a massive part go Gloucester Saxons Basketball Club, co-organising Global CVL tournaments that many of the Worcester Academy teams attended.  These tournaments have played such a big part of our players and coaches development over the years.  He is going to be missed by so many people.”

RIP Joe.


  Ian A'Kempis
  5 Feburary 1959 - 31 March 2020
JM Grizzlies

Sadly, Ian passed away suddenly and peacefully at home on 31st March 2020.

Ian had been invloved in Basketball for over 30 years and for the past two years had been apart of the YBL Family with his first junior team JM Grizzlies.

Due to the current situtation there have been delays and there is a private family cremation on Thursday 23 April 2020.

A Memorial to remember him and celebrate his life will be arranged at a future date.

He will be missed and remembered with lovealways by us all.

Ian may you Rest in Peace.