Championship side Reading FC will wear a special one off fan designed football shirt on Saturday 11th April when they take on Blackburn Rovers.
Ryan Duval a 14 year old Reading fan who attends The Avenue School Special Needs Academy in Tilehurst designed the special Reading FC jersey based on his schools colours.
Ryan has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which has left him relying on using an electric wheelchair on a daily basis for a number of years. This has caused a great physical strain on the fourteen year old. The Avenue School set Ryan a series of goals based on his interests to help motivate the young Reading Supporter.
A regular at home matches with his dad, Ryan’s vision was to design a new football kit. Inspired by his character and bravery club captain Karacan suggested the club should turn the designs into reality and wear them during a first team game. The club agreed and working alongside kit manufacturer Puma, Ryan’s dream came true.
The special #RyansRoyals Reading shirt has a royal blue base colour and is based on the emblem of The Avenue School which features trees on both the front and back of the jersey.
White shorts with blue socks complete this unique Reading football kit.
The matchworn jerseys used by the players in the fixture against Blackburn Rovers where Ryan will be mascot will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to The Avenue School.
You can follow Ryan’s story on Twitter using #RyansRoyals.