The Kapisanan ng Manlalarong Pilipino sa Inglatera (Sports Association of Filipinos in England), or KAMPI for short, commenced its 27th year of the KAMPI SUPER SUMMER LEAGUE recently.
The festivities began on 27th May at Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy, East London with the opening ceremony of the Men’s Open and Veteran’s (40 and above) division where a total of 17 teams paraded in their team uniforms and saw Omega Enfield taking home the Best in Uniform and Best Muse awards.
The much-awaited opening game saw Sunics (2017 East Men’s Champions and former 6-time KAMPI Champions) go against Shockers led by reigning West MVP, Joeward Jamil, along with Terence Mustre who recently returned to London from his stint with the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP. The game lived up to the hype as it went down to the wire with Sunics clinching a nail-biting victory by converting 3 free throws right at the end of the game. The final score was 61-58 with Jonas Ragasa (2017 East MVP and Rookie of the season) being awarded the “Idol of the Game” as he led Sunics with a score of 21 points.
The rest of the day continued with two more Men’s games and 1 Veteran’s game with the Wildcards, Controllers and Poker Boys all claiming victory in their first games against Rivals, London Lions and London Bisons respectively.
The following week on 3rd June, the opening ceremony for the Juniors U21 Development and U17 Grassroots divisions went underway at Northolt High School, West London. The well-attended event saw a jam-packed venue full of young enthusiastic basketball players with their friends and families. Everyone was excited for another competitive season for the rising stars within our community.
Hounslow Warriors took home the Best Muse Award while the Aces and DL Wildcards were handed with the Best Uniform awards. The Opening Game saw reigning U21 Champions, Generation of Miracles (G.O.M.), go against 2016 U21 Champions, Batang Controllers, with Batang’s Leo Regala awarded “Idol of the Game” leading his team with 22 points to record their first win. Final Score was 84-67 with Batang Controllers victorious over G.O.M.
The second game saw DL Wildcards (a combination of Wildcards Juniors and DL Supreme from 2017) beating newly formed Bunsong Controllers 74-56 with rookie Drew Anglo being awarded “Idol of the Game” with an impressive 20 points for his team. The rest of the day continued with Aces, Sultan and Hope Teen Warriors winning their games against Silangan, Wildcards Warriors, and Omega Youth respectively.
Both opening ceremonies marked another exciting season for the Filipino-British community as a total of 29 teams vie for wins in their respective divisions over the course of 4 months. The KAMPI management is currently led by its Chairman, Sonny Sanchez, Commissioner, Bernhard Punzalan and Vice Chairman, Ally Bernardo along with about 30 committee volunteers. KAMPI were also fortunate to welcome back its former Chairman, Ray Rodriguez, who happened to be vacationing in London in time for the league’s opening. He now lives in Singapore but supports and works closely with the management as an advisor.
KAMPI maintains its ethos of operating as a non-profit league and focuses solely on providing a platform for the Filipino-British community to showcase its talent in basketball, promote camaraderie and healthy lifestyles, forge new friendships and overall to unite the community through sports. For more information and updates regarding KAMPI, please visit them on Facebook and Instagram under KAMPI Basketball UK or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org. (Ray Rodriguez)