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QPR's Loftus Road renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

PUBLISHED: 16:24 07 June 2019

Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road ground is to be renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road ground is to be renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

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Loftus Road, the home ground of Queens Park Rangers, will be renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium from the start of the 2019/20 season.

Kiyan Prince was a QPR youth player who was stabbed to death outside a school in EdgwareKiyan Prince was a QPR youth player who was stabbed to death outside a school in Edgware

Fans were invited to nominate a local charity which would be gifted naming rights of the stadium, with a short list of five presented for supporters to then select a preferred choice.

And The Kiyan Prince Foundation received more than 63 per cent of the votes, with the official unveiling of the new stadium name to take place when QPR play their first competitive fixture next season.

Kiyan Prince was a member of the QPR academy when stabbed to death outside his school, as he broke up a fight in 2006.

He was just 15 and dad Mark set up the foundation in his name to educate youngsters about knife crime.

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Mark Prince said: "I can't tell you want 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.

"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."

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos added: "With Kiyan's connection to QPR, there is already a very close bond between the club and charity.

"We will be looking to strengthen that over the coming months while helping to enhance the impact and reach of their fantastic work. I am delighted for Mark, who is an inspiration to us all."

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