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Ryan returns to Royals on work experience

13 August 2015

Royals fan Ryan spends work experience week with the club

Ryan Duval, a student at The Avenue School Special Needs Academy, spent a week’s work experience with Reading recently, partaking in a variety of activities across all areas of the club.

The opportunity gave Ryan another memorable week, and many Royals supporters will remember the Ryan’s kit design that was worn in the Championship game against Blackburn Rovers last April as part of our #RyansRoyals initiative.  That game was a culmination of a very special community project where the young Reading supporter spent time designing a one off first-team kit in the colours of his school, and the club worked closely with Avenue School throughout with first team players also helping out with the project.

And Ryan’s recent work experience week included a range of activities.  He kicked off the week by meeting with Stuart Mackley from the ground staff team and found out all about the pitch at Madejski Stadium.  Stuart explained how much work went in to providing a good playing surface for the Royals throughout the season and what his duties were when looking after the pitch.

Ryan spent some time at the Ticket Office and Megastore, finding out how both departments functioned behind the scenes, and gained an understanding of the workings in the retail side of the club.  He also worked on a number of marketing based tasks with his teachers Gary and Michael.

Royals centre-back Jake Cooper made a surprise visit to the stadium during week too – the defender was quizzed by Ryan about what it’s like to be a professional footballer, playing for Reading, and also what Jake gets up to in his spare time.  Ryan discovered in his Q&A that Jake is a bit of a musician when not at training, with the 20 year-old a dab hand on the guitar.

Ryan also linked up with his Community Trust coaches, who he has got to know through their weekly visits to the Avenue School.  He planned his very own sessions for school where he will be putting his coach Craig through his paces with the roles reversed.

The Avenue School Special Needs Academy are hoping to purchase a specially modified vehicle and so we want to do all we can to help them raise a little more, following the success of #RyansRoyals.

There are six special addition shirts left that are still up for grabs for Royals fans.  Three of these shirts are named and numbered, signed by the player on the back and team on the front.  Three have no name or number but are signed by the team on the front of the shirt.

Shirts named and numbered and signed - £500 each
Anton Ferdinand
Stephen Kelly
Jack Stacey

Three shirts without name or number, signed by the team - £300 each

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above items and want to help out a worthy cause, please do not hesitate to contact Dara Thomas ( for further details.

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