Craig Hughes – Founder
Born in the ’80s, fell in love with basketball in the ’90s.
I created Chain Net Apparel in 2018 as a way of promoting the beauty of basketball and the positive impact it can have on a players life from the playing on the streets right to the bright lights of playing professional basketball. You can read more about this here – About Us
A little bit about me:
- Favourite NBA team – New York Knicks
- Favourite TV show – U.S Office
- All for pineapple on pizza
Some of the inspirations behind Chain Net Apparel:
- 90’s NBA (Uniforms, All-Star Weekend, Music Videos, Trading Cards, Kicks, Hairstyles, NBA Jam, NBA Live ’95, Slam Dunk Newspaper, SLAM Magazine)
- 90’s Hip Hop & R&B
- 90’s basketball films
- Spike Lee joints
- Yo MTV Raps
Then of course there are chain nets. More common on outdoor courts back in the day, however you can still find these hanging from hoops all over the world. Some prefer the sound of a chain net over classic nylon but whatever your preference chain nets complement the aesthetic of an outdoor basketball court and this is a side of basketball I am striving to show you.
For more on brand accomplishments check the About Us page.
Ashley Hamilton – Forward (Brand Rep)
It’s always been a work in progress to work with some of the top pros in the UK however it had to be the right fit for both Chain Net Apparel and the Athlete.
On speaking to Ashley for several months whether it be about Basketball or just life we both thought it made sense to link up and try and push things forward.
It’s genuinely a real honour and pleasure to have Ashley’s support, one of the main reasons we felt this would work was that we both want to see and be part of improving Basketball in the UK.
Currently a Forward for Plymouth Raiders, Ashley has had stints in Italy, Ukraine, Greece & Spain. Also if you’re from the UK and you’re reading you can also feel some pride knowing that Ashley also represents Team GB.
One of the most popular players in the BBL and a regular in the All-Star 5, respect to Ash for what he has done, what he currently does and what he will continue to do.
Melita Emanuel-Carr – Guard (Brand Rep)
Close friends for 30+ years I honestly can’t thank Rich enough for not only building the website but also keeping it ticking over when there are technical problems. Something I really wanted to get away from was taking payments through DM, Rich offered to help and took care of everything from making sure the site was compatible on all devices to customers receiving confirmation e-mails after a purchase.
Tom is a super Creative who created the Chain Net Apparel CIC logo and has played a big part in bolstering the branding for the brand. We grew up playing hoops together so Tom understands exactly what it is Chain Net Apparel is trying to achieve. Most of the designs Tom has put together have unsurprisingly sold out, these include the 1st & 2nd Anniversary tees, the 2 The Hoop tee and last but not least the Black Curriculum tee (see the About page for more)
I showed Charley a small handful of images to give her an idea of the type of thing I was looking for and from there she ran with it and knew exactly what to do. We have met at some courts in Portsmouth to take photos and Charley has been amazing at capturing the essence of Chain Net Apparel through the lens.
Michael Mallory / Harry Beamish
In 2022 Chain Net Apparel became Chain Net Apparel CIC so we now operate as a Community Interest Company. When we converted to a cic we picked up some new company Directors at the same time.
Both have been day 1 supporters of the company and have done many things in the background to help grow the company to what it looks like today. Without their input we wouldn’t be in the current position we’re in to offer our upcoming FREE 3×3 sessions.
There are so many people to thank who have helped the brand along the way, in particular my family & friends who have encouraged me to keep pushing.
Shout out to Music Producer Loud Thought who has provided instrumentals to some of our social media ads. These have really set the tone for our brand and have been highly praised by our audience.
Respect to Videographer Lex Hanley who has produced a couple of Chain Net ads & The Chain Net 2v2 video. His work can be found here www.solidcoast.com
Everyone who kept me sane during the Orchard Park Project and everyone who reached out to help volunteer on the launch. Refs, Scorers Table, Gentle Bren, Dave Morgan, Natty’s Jerk & the Volunteers. It was a day I’ll never forget and owe it all to you Guys.
Thanks to Concept Fire & Security & WOOOBA for sponsoring The Chain Net 2v2 2022 you Guys helped elevate the tournament to another level which we are looking to build on for 2023.
Sarah Hewitson & Portsmouth University for using Chain Net Apparel for various Live Briefs that always help with brand promotion.
The HIVE Portsmouth & Harry Beamish for helping to convert Chain Net Apparel CIC. This could go a long way in helping us to get funding to achieve our goals of improving UK basketball.
Portsmouth Force for allowing us to provide some of their club merchandise and another huge thanks for helping with the last minute venue change for The Chain Net 2v2 2022.
Pure Gym, North Harbour for allowing us to set up in their gym to interact with their members.
Solent University for the opportunities they have provided to ensure I continue to grow as a Basketball Coach, not only the members of staff but my BUCS Mens 2nd team too (playing to win the Western 1A League for a second consecutive year today) Respect.
When we say our interest is promoting UK basketball we mean it, which means it doesn’t have to come from us it just needs to happen. There are a lot of lanes being filled by people trying to grow the game in this country and if raising the profile of hoops is truly the goal then we have to work together. Respect to those who have collaborated to help Chain Net Apparel.
As always I want to thank anyone who has offered support no matter how small. This could be interacting through social media, buying products, telling your friends about the brand, leaving reviews etc. None of this goes unnoticed so at every opportunity, I’d like to pass on my thanks.
To say thank you doesn’t feel like enough so just know I will never forget your gestures. It is through the groups of people mentioned above why Chain Net Apparel has been able to get to the point it is at today.