ON Friday, it was announced that The Kiyan Prince Foundation would be gifted the naming rights to Loftus Road from the 2019/20 season.
Five local charities had been shortlisted to win the naming rights and, when put to QPR fans, The Kiyan Prince Foundation scooped 63 per cent of the vote.
Kiyan, a talented QPR academy prospect, was tragically killed outside of his school in 2006. His father, Mark, set up his foundation to educate young people about the dangers of youth violence and he was emotional when he was informed that the foundation had won the rights.
He said: “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.
“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.”
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To news also received some great coverage in the national and local media. Some of which can be seen below…
As well as the news articles, there was also some great reaction on social media…
QPR are set to rename Loftus Road the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 7, 2019
Kiyan was a promising QPR academy player who was tragically stabbed to death in 2006. His father, Mark, set up the Foundation to educate young people about the devastating consequences of knife crime. pic.twitter.com/LXnFQJLkoA
🏟 @QPR re-name Loftus Road as The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.— SPORF (@Sporf) June 7, 2019
😢 Kiyan Prince was a promising @QPR Academy player when he was tragically murdered in 2006.
🙏 The foundation received 63% of votes after @QPR fans voted on which charity got the naming rights.
💙 Amazing. pic.twitter.com/p7YR4J4ULF
QPR fans have voted for Loftus Road to be renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium from the 2019/20 season, in honour of the academy player who was stabbed to death in 2006— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) June 7, 2019
A beautiful gesture from the club 👏#QPR 💙 pic.twitter.com/ZbI35YqjCq
Superb this from @QPR— Rob Draper (@draper_rob) June 7, 2019
A lot has gone wrong at the club in recent years. But few clubs are better understanding their role in community. Kiyan Prince was, by all accounts, a superb young man full of potential cut down by knife crime. The work of @TheKPF will benefit hugely https://t.co/aUxdCzNz5S
This is a beautiful tribute and one for which QPR deserve great credit. In the age of Sports Direct Arenas & Bet365s, though I know clubs are businesses not charities, it makes a welcome change to see one name their stadium in a way that can have a real positive impact on society https://t.co/41L9cHm4TM— Tom Barclay (@TomBarclay_) June 7, 2019
#QPR give their stadium naming rights to charity for next season. Fans voted to support @TheKPF, set-up in memory of QPR academy player Kiyan who was tragically stabbed to death outside his school. There were 135 knife murders in London in 2018, the highest in nearly a decade. https://t.co/Ru0RXFVjWn— Carrie Brown (@CarrieBrownTV) June 7, 2019