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Orchard Park Project

Orchard Park Project

To date the biggest piece of work Chain Net Apparel has been apart of. We teamed up with Form & Function to regenerate a run down basketball court and turn it into an outside facility.

Through Crowdfunder we were able to raise £60,000 to complete the below renovations:

  • Resurfacing of the court
  • Full scale artwork designed by Hattie Stewart
  • Artwork applied by Absolutely Studio
  • New design for surrounding wall
  • New benches
  • New walkways around the perimeter of the court

We were also able to add a new and stronger fence, 2 additional hoops so there are now 4 hoops on site.

None of this was easy so we are extremely proud of this project and the feedback so far has been overwhelming.

Ex Hoopers have started to lace them up again, new young players are now emerging and the Portsmouth Basketball Club is receiving more & more requests to join the club.

This court launched on 18th September with The Chain Net 2v2, to find out more about this tournament check What’s New.

Photo – Brothers Making Videos

The Chain Net 2v2

The Chain Net 2V2

Here at Chain Net Apparel we have always had a love for 2v2 basketball which mostly stems from watching ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ so to celebrate the re-opening of Orchard Park on the 18th September 2021 Chain Net Apparel hosted the first ever Chain Net 2v2 event which created an amazing vibe and bond that the city has never seen before.

We had 14 teams rocking fresh, mesh reversible jerseys, a fresh new court, 100s of spectators and the sun was shining all day. To complete the perfect atmosphere we had DJ’s Gentle Bren & Dave Morgan playing the freshest old skool hip hop including Wu-Tang, Nas, Mobb Deep, Gangstarr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Onyx, Special Ed & Jeru the Damaja to name just a few. Everybody and I mean everybody was feeling what the DJ’s were pumping as I was hearing compliments about the playlist all day.

If you don’t know, Orchard Park is opposite the busiest train station in Portsmouth and The Chain Net 2v2 just so happened to be on the same day as Portsmouth Football Club were playing a home game which meant 100s more spectators were walking past and witnessing the basketball on display whilst also catching a bit of Wu-Tang.

To top everything off we had Natty’s Jerk Kitchen on site serving everyone the finest jerk food.

The tournament featured on ITV, the Portsmouth News & Sky Sports Arena for UK NBA Programme ‘Heat Check’

The prizes for the winners were donated by leading basketball brands:

  • The British Basketball League (BBL)
  • Pro:Direct Basketball
  • Molten

The feedback has been overwhelming so we’re currently going to work on hosting another tournament for September 2022. We’ve already agreed on bringing back some of the big names who helped make last years tournament a success. If you know a business who would like to contribute to this basketball event then please get in contact and ask for the electronic sponsorship pack.

For updates head to Instagram and look up @chainnet_2v2

Sunrise Sessions

Early Riser Sessions

Something I’ve wanted to see for a long time is adult beginners playing basketball for fun, another thing is people playing basketball early in the morning as I myself have worked out early morning for a number of years so understand all of the benefits an early morning session can bring for both physical & mental health. So from here the Sunrise Session was born.

Currently held at Orchard Park, Portsmouth, every Saturday (even in the cold) to try and help give everyone a positive boost heading into the weekend, the session runs from 7am to 8am. We cover simple drills but also add in some intense exercise, games and fun & competitive shooting games.

I am truly humbled that a group of people have dedicated their Saturday mornings and set early alarms to make sure they can attend.

If you’d like to join us then please send an e-mail to info@chainnetapparel.co.uk

Chain Net Day Camps

Chain Net Day Camps

Something I always had access to during the school half term was basketball day camps so thought it was important to make these available to children. For the past 3 school holidays we have set up at the Charles Dickens Centre, Portsmouth to deliver fun basketball sessions where we teach fundamental skills but just as important, we play a lot of fun games.

The feedback from the children and parents has been surreal so with this in mind we will continue to offer these sessions through the school breaks. Stay tuned for camps during August.

Chain Net 3x3 Camp

Chain Net 3×3 Camp

As 3×3 continues to grow in the UK and globally I wanted to make sure this format of basketball was available for teenagers in the south. From asking the group of 20+ kids we had at the camp what they already knew about 3×3 we embarked on silence.

Most thought it was 3v3 just made popular by FIBA. So it was handy having Martin Dyan on hand to explain and support the camp. If you’re unfamiliar with Martin he runs charity 3×3 tournament the GG3x3 and is the General Manager for London Warriors 3×3.

The buzz in the room was incredible and lead to the players asking “what’s next?” Which is perfect as the plan was for this to be the start of these types of session in the UK and the overall aim was to offer the teenagers a chance to compete in tournaments. Definitely watch this space.

In July I’ll be taking some players from the Solent University 1st Team to the European University Sports Association (EUSA) 3×3 tournament in Poland, we’ll also be competing in the Ballout 3×3. I am hoping to bring this experience back with me and share with the teens.

Chain Net Fashion Shoot

Chain Net Fashion Shoot

As you will know Chain Net Apparel is a basketball clothing brand however the look and feel is inspired by hip hop culture.

I wanted to catch the essence of this through a lifestyle photoshoot which was able to happen through working on the Orchard Park project.

Huge respect to Brand Rep Ash Hamilton for making the journey down to Portsmouth to support. I always felt Ash was a good match to represent the brand not just because of the fact he hoops at a pro level but how he conducts himself as a person. On hearing about the shoot and what we were aiming for the penny immediately dropped and this allowed the session to run real smooth, a real Pro in every sense of the word.

Something really important to me was getting female representation on the shoot. I can’t thank Elisha enough for coming down and nailing every shot. It was a real walk in the park for her and what we’ve ended up with is exactly what we were looking for.

Location: Joy Fantastic Art, Photography: Jamie O’Neil, Technical Direction: Joe Watson, Art Direction: Form & Function

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