Ryan Duval up for Reading Child of Courage Trophy16-year-old Royals fan Ryan Duval has been nominated for the Child of Courage trophy at the Pride of Reading awards for the bravery and creativity he has shown in the face of his illness.
Nominated anonymously, Ryan who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is a big fan of Reading FC. Royals supporters will no doubt 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.
Ryan worked 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.
The Child of Courage Trophy, sponsored by Quintiles, will be one of a number of awards handed out at the Pride of Reading ceremony, celebrating the achievements of people in our local area, with the event hosted by Chris Tarrant at Madejski Stadium on Friday 4th November.
Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to congratulate Ryan on his nomination and wish him the best of luck at the awards ceremony!