Cheque handed over at Ipswich fixtureWe are delighted to report that we handed over a cheque for £15,000 to The Avenue School Special Needs Academy at last Friday’s fixture against Ipswich, all thanks to the #RyansRoyals project.
Ryan Duval, who attends The Academy School in Tilehurst, designed a bespoke Reading FC kit which was worn as a one-off against Blackburn Rovers last season. The #RyansRoyals project all began when Jem Karacan, Simon Cox and Anton Ferdinand visited Ryan’s school last season, and eventually the design was based on the colours of his school’s emblem - click here to learn abour Ryan's story.
Ryan also returned to Madejski Stadium recently as part of a work experience programme, where he shadowed various members of club staff over the course of a week to get to get a broader understanding of the day-to-day workings of Reading FC.
After the Blackburn fixture, the special shirts were auctioned and raised an incredible sum of money, which will help the school to continue their remarkable work to support other students like Ryan in the local area with special educational needs by setting them enriching personal educational targets.
The Avenue School provides an inspirational environment for boys and girls between the ages of 2 to 19 and we are extremely proud to have been able to support their work through the #RyansRoyals project. The £15,000 which Reading have helped to raise for Ryan’s school will help them to maintain and improve the outstanding role which they play in our community.
We want to take this opportunity to reiterate our thanks to everyone that supported the #RyansRoyals project throughout this year – which includes club partners Puma and Waitrose, our supporters’ trust (STAR), Sky Sports, and the staff and students at The Avenue School.