Young Royals fan wins award for his bravery and creativity16-year-old Royals fan Ryan Duval was awarded with the Child of Courage trophy at the Pride of Reading awards on Friday afternoon for the bravery and creativity he has shown in the face of his illness.
Ryan who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is a big fan of Reading FC. Royals supporters will remember the teenager’s #RyansRoyals project with the club back in 2015, when the youngster designed a special edition kit which was made up for the first team to wear in a Championship meeting with Blackburn Rovers on the 11th April last year.
Friday saw Ryan attend the awards ceremony, where he met Reading defender Jake Cooper before taking to the stage to be presented with the award.
The teenager was nominated for working closely with some of his Reading first team heroes to help design the kit, and thanks to his school, Puma and the club his dream became a reality when he led the team out with then captain Jem Karacan wearing the #RyansRoyals shirt.
Ryan who attends the Avenue School Special Needs Academy in Tilehurst, was diagnosed with his degenerative condition aged just two-and-a-half, and has to rely upon the use of an electric wheelchair to go about his daily life.
The Reading fan also joined the Royals as a mascot for the FA Cup Semi Final against Arsenal at Wembley, taking to the pitch in front of more than 80,000 at the home of football side by side with the Reading players.
Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to congratulate Ryan on winning the well-deserved award.
The Child of Courage Trophy, sponsored by Quintiles, was one of a number of awards handed out at the Pride of Reading ceremony, celebrating the achievements of people in our local area. 11 year old, Nathan Boulton-Smith was another ward winner at the ceremony for his amazing fundraising work in memory of his late father.
Nathan won the young person of the year award for raising money with charities Daisy's Dream and CALM and also met up with Jake Cooper on the day for a photo and a chat.
The event hosted by Chris Tarrant at Madejski Stadium, with local high achievers such as Olympic athlete and gold medal diver Chris Mears also in attendance.