The success of our community legacy project is presented to supportersBefore the Royals took on Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, The Avenue School-Special Needs Academy helped the club to unveil their brand new custom-made mobility vehicle – bought with funds raised by the #RyansRoyals shirt auction last year.
More than £15,000 was raised by the community legacy project and Ryan’s school wanted an opportunity to say thank you to our supporters for the support they showed for the project from start to finish and to present their new vehicle to the fans, whose generosity had made it all possible.
The vehicle itself has been branded up to resemble Ryan's original shirt design – which was the spark that began the entire #RyansRoyals project.
First team stars Anton Ferdinand and Michael Hector had visited The Avenue before Christmas to attend a special presentation when the vehicle was first shown to school pupils and staff.
And this weekend Ryan was joined by more than 60 pupils, staff and family members at Madejski Stadium as The Avenue came to the match - a game which was their designated fixture as they took part in our School Ticketing Initiative for the home clash with the Owls.
Sky Sports News followed the unveiling, as they had tracked the #RyansRoyals story from its very beginnings, and supporters enjoyed seeing the new vehicle and meeting members of The Avenue before kick-off.
This project not only raised funds for a very worthy cause, but most importantly it has helped Ryan grow in confidence and it will continue to help Ryan and his fellow pupils at The Avenue in the future through this new custom-made vehicle. The success of #RyansRoyals has also prompted the club to try to invest more time in supporting a brand new innovative community legacy project this year.