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    Local footballer represents Great Britain at World Deaf Football Championships

    Whilst the nation is currently gripped by Euro 2016 in France local student Philip Kamps will be heading to Italy to represent Great Britain in the World Deaf Football Championships 2016 which kicks off on 19 June.

    Philip Kamps The central defender who is from Maidstone but has lived in Hendon for the last three years whilst studying at Middlesex University for a Sport and Exercise Science degree will be part of a Great Britain squad competing against 15 other teams including Germany, Argentina and Japan in the tournament.

    Speaking about the upcoming tournament Philip Kamps said: “I really hope the England team in Euro 2016 achieve great success but my focus is on Great Britain and the World Cup.

    “We're aiming for gold; we want to bring the World Cup back home with us. It'll be an incredibly challenging tournament and we're in a very strong group but we have complete belief in ourselves to get the job done.

    “I started playing football as a young kid, playing in the back garden at home by myself and then at school, from there I've been fortunate enough to play in some incredible countries with some fantastic players.

    Trying to balance full-time study and competing international has been very challenging, but I have enjoyed every moment of it. My tutors and the sports department have been incredibly supportive of my journey.

    “I would like to say a huge thank you to MDX Sport, my tutors, teammates, friends and family who have helped me to get to the position I am in today. I hope I can make you all proud in Italy.”

    Great Britain kick off their campaign against Ukraine on 21 June before coming up against Egypt and Iran with the top two teams from each group progressing to the Quarter Finals. The Final will take place on 2 July.

    Philip still needs to raise additional funds to cover the cost of the competition, any donations would be greatly appreciated and make a real difference: gofundme.com/FilKampsWorldCup

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