QPR Rename Ground 'The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium' In Honour Of Academy Player Stabbed To Death
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Queens Park Rangers have renamed Loftus Road in honour of Kiyan Prince, a former Rs academy player who was stabbed to death in 2006.
Aged 15, promising footballer Kiyan tried to split up a fight outside his school and ended up tragically losing his life on 18 May.
His dad, Mark, set up 'The Kiyan Prince Foundation' as a means to educate young people about knife crime and the charity have now been given an even bigger platform.
Following a nomination process, a shortlist of five was created before QPR allowed supporters to vote for the charity which they wanted to receive naming rights and the Kiyan Prince foundation won by an absolute landslide, with more than 63 per cent of votes.
:blue_heart: Congratulations, @TheKPF! #QPR fans have voted for Loftus Road to be renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium from the 2019/20 season.- QPR FC (@QPR) June 7, 2019
:arrow_forward: https://t.co/MSH48mJEXa#ChooseLRCharity pic.twitter.com/6pvN4ymaJw
Big Announcement for @TheKPF! #QPR fans have voted for Loftus Road to be renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium from the 2019/20 season. #KiyanPrince- Dr Mark Prince OBE (@markno1prince) June 7, 2019
I want to thank @QPR & all the fans for making this dream come true! Kiyan Prince would be blown away by this! :blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/936hBISxE7
The stadium's official new name unveiling will take place before QPR's first home game of the 2019/20 season and Mark could not hide his pride over the news.
"I can't tell you what this means to Kiyan's mum, to me, his brothers and sisters, his friends and people who have been supporting the work we have been doing," he told the official QPR website.
"Kiyan was a very special young man. We hear many stories about his kindness and good nature so to have the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium at a place where his skills were honed is a dream come true.
"It means so much and only confirms the relationship that I know I have with the QPR fans. They always give me their support.
"This gives us so many opportunities and we have to make sure we capitalise on them. Kiyan would be blown away by what is going on."