Yesterday, Royals supporter Dylan Harris and his brother Liam visited our Hogwood Park training ground in a special visit set up by the club allowing the young man to watch Jaap Stam's first team in action!
Dylan won an Adversity Award at the Reading Sports Awards 2017 and his mother Sally got in touch with the club, hoping to arrange something special for his 20th birthday which he celebrated on Thursday 20th July 2017.
Dylan, is a disabled young man who is an avid Reading Football Club fan. He lives, dreams, eats and sleeps Reading FC and is a Season Ticket holder at Madejski Stadium.
Dylan is hearing-impaired, has Cerebral Palsy and is registered with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. And yet he is currently part of the British Athletics 'Parallel Success' programme for up and coming disabled athletes and, last year, represented GB at the European Championships in Italy!
Life for Dylan is a challenge as he battles with learning difficulties too and yet he is tirelessly trying to further himself. So we decided Dylan deserved the VIP treatment at training this week.
Dylan and Liam met the whole first team and got a photo with manager Jaap Stam and Director of Football Brian Tevreden after the morning's training session!
Liam, Dylan’s brother, once played in our Academy and was even in the same Wycombe youth side as a very young teammate of Danny Loader - who has just returned to the UK after spending ten days on a pre-season training camp with the Royals' first team out in Holland. So the pair were watching a familiar face out on the practice pitches.
We would like to wish Dylan a belated Happy Birthday - and we look forward to seeing him at Madejski Stadium when the season starts again in less than a couple of weeks' time!