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Charity football match in memory of murdered teenager on this week

The father of a teenage footballer killed outside his school says it is important to return to the area his son grew up in for a charity football match.

A match in the 15-year-old’s memory will take place at the Hive Football centre in Camrose Avenue, Edgware on Sunday at 5.30pm.

Proceeds will go towards the The Kiyan Prince Foundation, which was founded by his father Mark to inspire teenagers and move them away from knife crime.

Speaking to the Harrow Times, Mr Prince said: “I feel it is important to come back to Edgware because with all the work I have done with the foundation I feel I should do more here.

“This is where Kiyan grew up and when he was killed it really shocked the community.

“Ever since what happened, there has always been something inside of me driving me forward and I want to create a positive legacy from Kiyan’s life.

“I’m able to show young people the effects of knife crime and the suffering it causes. What I want to do is help them realise their potential and show them what they can achieve.”

As part of his work with the foundation Mr Prince talks to teenagers in schools and youth groups about the impact of knife crime.

This year marks the eighth anniversary since his death and football players will come together to raise money for the charity.

The free event on Sunday will see Celeb FC and Warrior Old Boys play matches against each other and there will also be face painting, food, music and a raffle draw.

Kiyan Prince was a member of Queens Park Rangers youth football team. In support of the charity match the club has donated shirts for one of the teams to play in on the day.

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Mark Prince Interview – ELR

Join Steven Porter as he talks to former Boxing Champion and Anti Knife crime ambassador Mark Prince on his early boxing career, his boxing comeback and his charity, The Kiyan Prince Foundation.

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Sports N’ All 23rd Jan

Your regular update on all things sport in and around East London with host Steven Porter

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QPR star’s stabbing incident prompts support for Kiyan Prince Foundation

Danny Simpson has revealed that his decision to become a patron of the Kiyan Prince Foundation was influenced by his own personal experience of knife crime.

QPR youth player Kiyan was just 15 when he fatally stabbed outside a school in Edgware in 2006. His father Mark set up the foundation in the years following, in an attempt to educate young people against the use of blades.

Rangers defender Simpson donated his match boots and shirt after the match against Huddersfield Town. The shirt was signed by the entire squad and auctioned at a charity event in aid of the foundation.

The 26-year-old said that he decided to lend his support in light of his own experience, which came when he was a youngster playing for Manchester United.

“I had an incident myself when one of my friends got stabbed outside my house six or seven years ago,” said Simpson. “Some people were trying to rob my house, I was inside and my friend popped over. They thought he had keys and he didn’t.

“I heard all the screaming and shouting. For whatever reason, he got stabbed. I opened the door and there was blood everywhere. They realised what they had done and ran off.

“He recovered, but some don’t.”

Mark Prince, a former WBO inter-continental light-heavyweight champion in his own right, said Simpson had ‘set a precedent’ by helping the charity’s work.

And Simpson said he is looking forward to trying to help more young people stay away from knife crime.

“The things I have been involved in and the thing’s I’ve seen, I feel like I can try to guide them and stop them going down that road,” he said.

“We’ll be working on things over the next few months. Hopefully I’ll go back to my old school with him and speak to the kids there.

“I just thought that because of my experience I could help a bit more. You are in a position where kids might listen to you more than someone who they don’t watch on a weekend. I’d like to think that if I do sit down with kids they will listen to me.”

Boxing: Mark Prince set for European cruiserweight title fight at York Hall

Mark Prince hopes his ring-return can inspire disaffected youngsters as he prepares for a WBU European cruiserweight title fight against an as yet unnamed opponent at York Hall on March 1.

The former IBF and WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight champion impressed in his first outing after a 14-year sabbatical, stopping Czech fighter Jindrich Velecky after four rounds at York Hall last October.

But this is no ordinary comeback for Prince whose life was turned upside-down when his 15-year-old son Kiyan – a talented footballer at the QPR academy – was fatally stabbed outside the gates of his school in 2006.

He has since set up the Kiyan Prince Foundation which aims to tackle knife crime. The 44-year-old revealed raising awareness for the community charity founded in his son’s memory is the driving force behind his boxing return.

“I’m still pinching myself about my comeback but I got back in the ring to raise the profile of the Kiyan Prince Foundation,” Prince told skysports.com.

“It’s my duty to help young people become achievers and do great things – I want to inspire dreamers and believers.

“I refuse to let Kiyan’s death be for nothing. I am determined to ensure something great comes out of this.

“Things sometimes happen in life and people let it crush them and ruin them, but you can choose to let traumatic events like this that have happened in your life make you.

“You can turn things around and let it build you and make you the great person god has planned you to be.

“This is what he had planned for us but I did not want to be ruined. I did not want to be a victim.

“I wanted to honour my son because when he was alive he said he loved me and he said he was proud of me.

“Now that he is no longer here I want to honour him by doing something even greater that he could be proud of.”

Powerful

Prince, who has lost just once in his 21-fight professional career, insists he is still capable of mixing it as an elite level fighter.

“Physically, I feel really powerful,” he said. “I feel sturdy and strong but I’ve also got aches and pains from all the training.

“At 44 you do start to feel it – my sciatica kick in sometimes. But I don’t know when to stop, I never have and I just keep on going because I’ve got a higher goal.

“It’s the return of the Prince. I made my comeback last year and made my intentions clear with a stoppage in the fourth round and I just want to keep on moving forward.

“Who can doubt me? People thought I couldn’t even come back to the ring and look like a contender but I’m back and I know I’m going to take care of business.”

‘THAT’S FOR YOU, KIYAN’

Harriman dedicates first goal to former R’s team-mate …

MICHAEL Harriman has dedicated his first career goal in professional football to the memory of former QPR starlet and ‘best mate’ Kiyan Prince.

Harriman – currently enjoying a season-long loan at Gillingham – scored in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Swindon Town.

The Under-21s defender dedicated his strike to former Centre of Excellence team-mate Prince, whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 15 from a fatal stabbing in 2006.

“Kiyan and I were best mates at QPR,” Harriman told www.qpr.co.uk. “We went to the same school and grew up together so it was very hard for me at the time.

“I said that I would always dedicate my first goal to Kiyan and that’s what I’ve done.”

Prince’s father Mark continues to tackle gun and knife crime through the Kiyan Prince Foundation, a cause understandably close to Harriman’s heart as well.

“It’s great to see the work the foundation is doing,” Harriman added. “It’s always going to be a foundation close to my heart and I’m always keeping tabs on it.”

Harriman was one of a hat-trick of loan Rangers to find the net on Saturday, joining fellow R’s Tom Hitchcock and Max Ehmer on the scoresheet.

“We’ve got some good players in the Under-21s,” he added. “To see them all in League One doing well is great.

“When you see them scoring goals and winning games you know it will just help them get better and better each week. You’re playing against players who do it every week and it helps you get better as a player.

“You’re learning all the time and that’s what you want do, to progress your game so you can work your way up.”

The 21-year-old has made the right-back spot his own since arriving at the Priestfield Stadium, amassing 26 appearances so far this term.

Harriman is pleased with the progress he is making in the Football League but is looking forward to his return to Loftus Road in the summer.

“I’m very happy with how things are going,” he continued, “getting as many games as I can under my belt.

“Hopefully I can return next season as a better player when I come back to QPR.”

Danny Simpson thanked by father of murdered youngster Kiyan Prince

Danny Simpson has been praised for his compassion and generosity by the father of talented young QPR footballer Kiyan Prince, who was fatally stabbed in 2006.

Mark Prince has thanked Simpson after he donated his match-boots and match-worn shirt from QPR’s game against Huddersfield on Saturday to be auctioned at a charity event in aid of the Kiyan Prince Foundation.

The 27-year-old’s shirt was signed by the entire squad and auctioned at the event organised by Southern Area super-bantamweight champion Mitchell Smith at Bushey Boxing Club on Sunday.

Prince, a former WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight champion in his own right, paid tribute to the former Newcastle defender for supporting the charity he set up to help tackle knife crime amongst young people.

“Danny is one of our patrons and he’s had his fair share of bad press so it’s nice that we can talk about some of the good things he is doing especially with charities,” Prince told skysports.com.

“The stuff Danny has done and continues to do has been great for the KPF and long may it continue.

“He’s set a precedent for other people who have done great in football and others who have done great in all walks of life to step up now and act.

“Now is the time to step up and reach out to these charities in the communities and help them reach out to young people because what they are doing is great.”

Prince also paid tribute to QPR for supporting his endeavours, revealing he has received encouragement for the work he is doing from manager Harry Redknapp and midfielder Joey Barton.

“QPR have been great and it’s really nice to still have a close relationship with them,” the 44-year-old said.

“We’ve been down to some of the club’s games and we managed to touch base with Joey Barton recently who has expressed an interest in the work we are doing.

“I met Harry Redknapp even before he was with QPR. I met him when he was at Tottenham and he said he loved what we are doing and he’ll support us.

“We’re looking forward to working with QPR and other clubs long into the future hopefully but this isn’t so much a niche for certain clubs or certain people.

“It’s about the community. All the communities are suffering from the loss of young people and we have a duty of care towards them.”

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