Rest easy Joe, we've got this.
The funeral takes place of Joe Grainger today.
If you would like to take a moment at 3.00pm to join us in reflecting in your own way. It may be for Joe or it may include another loss personal to you.
Joe’s family have asked that donations be made as follows:
Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund – LINC Sort Code 30-95-72 (Lloyds Bank, Cheltenham) Account No.00610628 (name LINC)
Cancer Research UK Sort Code 56-00-13 (NatWest, Southampton) Account No. 22994270 (name REGIONAL)”
Joe played for Gloster Jets and Swindon Sonics, spent time with Manchester Giants and progressed as a junior England international before focusing on coaching and volunteering.
Joe Grainger (centre) was a popular member of the Gloucester Saxons club
Panji said: “My brother Joe had been battling leukemia for a while and had recently succumbed to Covid-19. As a family we are taking our time coming to terms with this sad event.
“Given the restrictions on travel and movement it makes this ever more challenging, but we will find a way to remember the positives and continue to move forward. Joe was and will always be remembered as a character that left a memorable footprint on everyone.
“Anyone that met Joe will always have a fun story to tell.”
Unique and widely loved
Gloucester Saxons chairman Darren Cooke said: “We have 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 and coaches, 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.
Saxons clubmate Danny James said: “He was the most inclusive coach and person I’ve ever worked alongside, at the outdoor court he would encourage onlookers to get involved, and would create teams to involve everybody. As a coach he would engage with everybody from those just picking up a ball to those on the player pathway.
“Joe was an inspiration to many and was always willing and ready to chat about the game he loved so much,”
He led by example
Former Gloster Jets mentor Paul Christensen added: “Despite attending a school where no basketball was played, Joe was an outstanding member of the Gloster Jets teams for a number of years, and captained the team in what was then the National Junior League in 1978-9. He was always determined to make the very most of his ability.
“His university place took him to the North West, playing his final junior year at Ellesmere Port, then moving on to Bury and Manchester as player and assistant coach. He led by example on court and had the highest expectations of himself and others, whilst having a very dry sense of humour.”
Friend and Basketball England director Graham Biggs said: “Joe was a friend, a baller and a legend that kept going through adversities. Even when floored by illness, Joe would still be opening up and making it possible for the next generation of ballers to show up in Glozball Central Venue Leagues all weekend.
“His taunting of my practicing free shots with ‘he’s a netball player’ still echoes.
“All at Basketball England extend our condolences to Joe’s family and friends.”
corona virus update
GLOUCESTER SAXONS BASKETBALL CLUB
Club Statement – Friday 13th March 2020
Here at the Gloucester Saxons Basketball Club, the health and safety of participants, coaches and spectators is of paramount importance.
Following guidance issued on Friday 13th March 2020 by Basketball England (NGB) we advise all club members, players, parents and participants that all club activities are hereby suspended until further notice.
This includes team practice sessions, scheduled games and all community sessions.
This is a decision that we have not taken lightly and has been made with full consideration of both government and sporting bodies advice.
We will update you all with further information as soon as we are able to advise further following advice from the appropriate authorities.
Basketball England has also taken the decision to suspend all affiliated basketball activity for an initial two-week period because of the coronavirus outbreak.
This action will include all training sessions, GC Saxons Glozball, National & Regional Leagues, YBL competition and Local League Satellites .
GLOUCESTER SAXONS BASKETBALL CLUB
We are taking registrations of players for under 10’s ready for the re-start.
GC SAXONS Glozball
Includes other South West CVLs/Tournaments
- Sunday 1st March – Glozball U14 Mixed 11am-4pm
- Saturday 7th March – Glozball U12 Mixed 12pm-5pm
- Sunday 8th March – Glozball Glozball U10 Mixed 11am-4pm
- Sunday 8th March – Stroud Sharks U14s TBC
- Sunday 15th March – Glozball U16 Boys 11am-4pm
- Sunday 15th March – Stroud Sharks U14s TBC
- Saturday 21st March – Glozball U16 Girls 12pm-5pm
- Sunday 29th March – Glozball U14 Mixed 11am-4pm
college sports hall updates
The Sports Hall at Gloucestershire College is not available for basketball on the following dates:
Wednesday 18th March 2020 (College Open Evening)
Monday 4th May 2020 (College Open Evening)
Monday 18th May – Monday 8th June (GCSE Exam Break)
Last date available before GCSE Exam Break: Sunday 17th May 2020
First date available after GCSE Exam Break:Tuesday 9th June 2020
August Enrollement Availability Dates: tbc