Final game will feature bereaved, survivors and emergency services staff
QPR showing their respect for the victims of Grenfell. Picture: QPR
QPR will be hosting the Grenfell Memorial Cup at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on 21 May as part of the continued remembrance of the 72 victims and all those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire five years ago.
The brainchild of Paul Menacer, a survivor who played in the original Game 4 Grenfell, the aim of the Grenfell Memorial Cup is to use sport as a positive community activity.
He has been working with Karim Mussilhy, a bereaved family member, and The Grenfell Foundation to organise this free community event, which will run from 10am - 7pm.
The Grenfell Memorial Cup will see a range of local youth and adult teams play throughout the day, finishing with a memorial and a 72-minute game which will feature bereaved, survivors and emergency services staff.
Alongside the matches, there will be a range of family activities hosted at Power League next to the stadium (home of the club’s Fan Zone on matchdays) and an Xbox Lounge for young people to enjoy.
Matches will be announced in the coming weeks.
Mr Menacer said: “I played in the Game 4 Grenfell which was amazing for me on a personal level, being surrounded by local people supporting me and getting to play on the QPR pitch. I wanted to give others an opportunity to do that too.
“For me, I feel football has been a great healer and it gives people the chance to forget everything they’re going through when they’re playing.
“It’s very important that this game is played here, it’s near Grenfell Tower and QPR have done so much for us over the years.
“Thank you to everyone at QPR for providing an event for the local community, their hard work will hopefully pay off and May 21st will be an amazing community day.”
Karim Mussilhy added, “Football is a huge part of our community and this is a great opportunity for us all to come together, play football and remember something we’re really passionate about.
“All of the staff at QPR have been incredibly supportive from day one. It means a lot to us. It’s very personal for them too, with their close connections to the young people who lost their lives.
“The Grenfell Memorial Cup will be a day where we remember the families we lost five years ago.”
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, said, “We are a community club and we’d like to think we’re embedded in the local community, hence our support before and after the Grenfell fire.
“The Grenfell Memorial Cup will be a community day. We want to get as many local people into the stadium as possible and create a positive, supportive atmosphere, getting people to remember together, socialise and have fun.”
Tickets will be available from the teams taking part and the following centres from Tuesday 26 April:
QPR Box Office
The ClementJames Centre
The Dalgarno Trust
The Harrow Club
Morley College, Golborne
Rugby Portobello Trust
Westway Sports Centre
Follow @GFMemorialCup on Twitter for the latest announcements.
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April 25, 2022