#ProjectSwish: First look at Portsmouth's spectacular new-look Orchard Park court

Portsmouth's Orchard Park is the latest outdoor court to be transformed in England with locals flocking to its unveiling this month.

Portsmouth-based brand Chain Net Apparel have worked closely with Portsmouth City Council, Sport England, Basketball England, Project in the Paint and other local bodies on the regeneration project to bring the weathered court to life.

Using crowdfunding, £50,000 was raised, which has allowed not only the court surface to be rejuvenated, but has also secured:

  • A new safe entrance
  • Groundwork around the perimeter of the court
  • New benches
  • A new design for the surrounding wall around the court

A new fence was also installed along with an extra two basketball hoops, meaning there are now four hoops for local players to enjoy.

Sport England donated also £10,000 towards the renovation project, which was designed by artist Hattie Stewart.

Basketball England's #ProjectSwish and Wilson supported the campaign, donating 40 limited edition #ProjectSwish balls towards the fundraising efforts. 



To mark the completion of the new-look Orchard Park, Chain Net Apparel held 'The Chain Net 2v2' event this month which allowed locals to make use of the court, which has been busy ever since.

Craig Hughes, founder of Chain Net Apparel, said: 

"The feedback so far has been overwhelming. Ex-basketball players of all ages have found motivation to play again, new basketball players have emerged and our Portsmouth Basketball Club is receiving more and more requests to join our youth teams.

"Portsmouth is a seaside city and Hattie's design is based on the sun rising and setting in our city. The project was a very a long process, however we could not be happier with the end result."

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We're aiming to engage 1 million people in basketball using the Commonwealth Games 2022, 3x3, #ProjectSwish and more.

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