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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 into an iconic outdoor facility.

We were able to raise £60,000 through working with Basketball England, Sport England, Portsmouth City Council and Crowdfunder. For 6 months of last year we made basketball the talk of the town.

Here’s the work we were able to complete.

  • 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 and 2 additional hoops so there we now have four hoops on site. But the main attraction of this court is the full scale artwork applied to the surface designed by international artist Hattie Stewart. The design represents the sun rising in the east and setting in the west in our seaside town. Thanks as always to Absolutely Studio for coming down and applying the design.

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 keep reading.

Photo – Brothers Making Videos

Here at Chain Net Apparel CIC we have always had a love for 2v2 basketball which resonates with the ‘old days’ so to celebrate the re-opening of Orchard Park on the 18th September 2021 we 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 take to the fresh new court, 100s of spectators and the sun was shining all day. To add to the perfect atmosphere we had DJ’s Gentle Bren & Dave Morgan spinning the decks and everybody and we do mean everybody was feeling what the DJ’s were pumping as we were 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 hip-hop.

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 was overwhelming so we came back in 2022 for round 2. To stay in tune with what is happening with the tournament, head to Instagram @chainnet_2v2

The Chain Net 2v2 2022

THE CHAIN NET 2v2 2022

We made it back for year 2 despite a lot of bumps in the road. The Chain Net 2v2 started a little earlier this year with ‘Shooting For Change’ a shooting challenge that allowed us to raise some significant funds towards the upkeep of Orchard Park (the tournament location)

However the tournament venue had a last minute change and with the help of Portsmouth Force we were able to change the venue last minute to Admiral Lord Nelson School.

Check the mixtape here on YouTube – The Chain Net 2v2 Mixtape

Before this years event took place we gave some local children the opportunity to receive some FREE coaching and experiment some of drills that worked on teamwork & trust. Thanks once again to Nike Unite, Portsmouth for coming down and helping.

Despite being indoors we were still able to create a Streetball vibe which is what The Chain Net 2v2 is all about, we did this by wheeling in a speaker and pumping some old skool Hip-Hop & R&B and whilst the ballers provided the entertainment and funky fresh outfits.

Congratulations to the Winners Lagos City who each won £100 gift voucher for Pro:Direct Basketball, 4 tickets to the 2023 BBL Playoff Final at the O2, Pure Gym gift bag & Nike Dominant basketballs.

A lot of thank yous but I’ll try – Polly for providing kids entertainment and organising the raffle with some help from Casey, Portsmouth Force, Admiral Lord Nelson School, The Volunteers Elliot, Ben, Sarah, Cheryl & Mark, Chris Laakvand the Photographer, Lex Hanley the Videographer, DBL DRBBL, the players, the spectators, Craft & Tonic, Hoopin ‘n’ Lootin, Kingship Tattoo, Southsea Macrame, The Brewers Tap, Fours & Eights, Nike Unite, Pure Gym, BBL, Pro:Direct. Finally a big shout to the sponsors Concept Fire & Security and WOOOBA who were huge in the helping us set up the event. It wouldn’t have been the same without anyone from the above.


Nothing But Chain Net Mini-Documentary

Nothing But Chain Net Mini-Documentary

We’ve recently been working with the media department at Portsmouth University putting together a mini documentary to show what’s going on with Chain Net Apparel and what it was like growing up playing basketball for Owner Craig Hughes.

We go back to where it all started at Alexandra Park and bring it to the present day as to what’s happening now at the newly renovated Orchard Park. Topics of discussion include our products, tournaments and what we’re working on next.

This was an exciting project and we appreciate the feedback so far. This min-doc has given us the confidence to produce more video content which will be available on our Youtube channel, but for now we’d love for you check out this documentary. If you have any comments we would love to hear via any of our social platforms.

Check the doc here – Nothing But Chain Net

Chain Net Day Camps

Chain Net Day Camps

Something we always had access to during the school half term was basketball day camps which have been absent in Portsmouth since the 90’s so we thought it was important to make these available again for children. During every school holiday in 2022 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. Our last one of the year is 22nd December where children will receive a FREE t-shirt & gift and the chance to play for prizes. Details on this camp can be found here – Christmas Camp

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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