QUEENS Park Rangers Football Club can confirm the name of our home stadium will return to Loftus Road ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Since 2019 we have been proud to play our home matches at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium after the club gifted the naming rights of the ground to a charity, as voted for by our fans.
Kiyan Prince was a promising footballer in the QPR academy who was tragically stabbed to death outside his school when he broke up a fight on 18th May 2006. He was just 15.
His father, Mark, set up Kiyan Prince Foundation to educate young people about the devastating consequences of knife crime.
Reflecting on the growth of his foundation over the past three years, Mark said: “My family and I, including all of us at KPF, would like to thank everyone involved at Queens Park Rangers, including the supporters, for honouring Kiyan and the work that the Kiyan Prince Foundation is doing.
“Winning the votes for the naming rights of Loftus Road Stadium has brought many benefits to not only the KPF charity but people in and around west London.
“As an organisation, we have been able to collaborate with QPR to deliver motivational talks at schools in the area, and the naming rights brought much more attention to the work we are doing.
“Giving young people the opportunity to come to the KPF Stadium and watch a live game for the first time, being able to rent a nine-seater vehicle from club sponsors VRS, working together on community initiatives and fundraising with players’ involvement have all helped the Foundation to grow
“Covid restrictions brought challenges in terms of generating monetary gain through events for KPF but we have built an ongoing lasting relationship with the club.
“Even though the naming rights’ timeframe has officially come to an end and it is returning to Loftus Road, we look forward to future plans with the club and having a continued impact on young people, resulting in reduced knife crime and anti-social behaviour.”
QPR CEO Lee Hoos added: “It was always felt that a natural ceiling would be reached in terms of the impact we could have on the Foundation through the exposure it would garner from the stadium rename.
“There has been some incredible coverage and we are very proud as a club to have helped Kiyan become the first posthumous addition to the FIFA gaming platform.
“That campaign was voted as Community Project of the Year at the London Football Awards recently and was an incredible achievement by all involved.
“It has been a privilege to work so closely with Mark and his team but this isn’t the end of our relationship.
“We will continue to support The KPF in the future and will be proud to do so.”
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My family and I would like to thank everyone involved, including the supporters, for honouring Kiyan.