Fil Kamps
Sport: Football

Fil has been kicking a ball for as long as he can remember, this was even several years before he joined his first football team aged 9. He went on to play for several local clubs before being selected to play for his home county – Kent, aged 15.

After impressing in displays all over the country he was signed by Maidstone United where he played for 2 years before moving to Charlton Athletic Deaf FC. In Fil’s only season at the Addicks he helped them to win a national double (English Deaf Football League & British Deaf Plate).

After a successful season at Charlton he moved to British and European powerhouse Fulham Deaf FC where he continues to play his football today as centre back, competing in domestic and European competition. During his first season, the team reached the final of the British Deaf Cup, the semi finals of the Deaf Champions League in Serbia and the Quarter Finals of the English Deaf Cup. Along the way, he has represented Great Britain in domestic friendlies and also been involved with the England Deaf futsal squad.

He worked tremendously hard to earn a spot in the Great Britain Deaf World Cup squad who travelled to compete in Italy last summer and more recently, Fil competed in the Deaflympics in Turkey where the GB squad reached the Quarter Finals.

Fil plans, organises and delivers football coaching for players from ages 5-40+ catering sessions for various disabilities. At Maidstone United, he ensures his coaching is inclusive and accessible for all disabilities. He is able to use British Sign Language and has great experience coaching players with mental disabilities, he tailors his communication to meet the needs of the players. The role at Maidstone involves coaching all 13 disability teams.

Fil was born severely deaf in both ears to a hearing family and was given a pair of analogue hearing aids at a very young age. Despite numerous communication barriers and struggling to hear, he went through mainstream education, completing his sport science degree at Middlesex University where he also captained the football and futsal teams before heading to the USA on a Football Scholarship.