Football mad Ryan up for “Child of Courage” award

A teenage football fan living with a muscle-wasting condition has been nominated for an award.

Ryan Duval, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is a devoted supporter of Reading FC and attends as many matches as he can.

The 16-year-old previously led the side onto the pitch during their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal last year.

He also designed a special one-off shirt for the players as part of a school project.

The kit was worn for the team’s game against Blackburn Rovers 18 months ago and was later auctioned off to raise money for The Avenue Special Needs Academy.

Now Ryan has been nominated for the Child of Courage category at this year’s Pride of Reading Awards – an annual event to recognise some of the town’s stand-out citizens.

Symon Cooke, the deputy head teacher at the teenager’s school, said the academy was incredibly proud of their pupil.

“He’s a very quiet lad but his smile tells you everything you need to know,” he said.

Ryan was a little over two-years-old when he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and has to rely on an electric wheelchair to get around.

The Pride of Reading winners will be officially announced next month.

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