The original idea was to make an annual award to the QPR Youth Team Player of the Year and to also dedicate it to the memory of Kiyan Prince. The Saturday morning regulars who support the U18’s and U16’s at Harlington and sometimes away from home too, voted accordingly.
It was a difficult decision given the magnificent Season the lads have had but despite all the nominations we eventually had a clear winner.
A number of offers were kindly made to sponsor the first Independent R’s Trophy and I would like to thank them all. The person who sponsored it wishes to remain anonymous.
Four of us met up at Harlington at 10am on Friday to meet Joe Gallen with Mark and Tracy Prince. Also in attendance were two film crews, one from ITN News for ‘London Tonight’ and the others were making a documentary on the life of Kiyan Prince.
The U18’s lined up on the artificial pitch and Jimmy Murray made the presentation to Aaron Goode. Joe Gallen and Mark Prince made speeches in memory of Kiyan and also congratulated Aaron on winning the award.
Jbee said, “Just back from the presentation at Harlington. This morning was a lovely occasion with Kiyan’s mum and dad as well as the whole QPR U18 squad with Joe Gallen.” Jimmy Murray remarked, “An emotional and proud morning. It was fitting that Kiyan’s mum and dad chose to attend and it was a privilege to meet them. Congratulations to Aaron Goode and indeed the whole squad who are a credit to Joe Gallen and his staff. Its days like this that make me proud to be part of this great Club of ours.”
Once again, congratulations to Aaron Goode, well done to Joe Gallen, plus all the Coaches, players and staff associated with the QPR Centre of Excellence. It was a privilege to meet Mark and Tracy Prince and thanks to them for attending and sanctioning our award and to Kiyan, God Bless.