A portion of Kilmarnock’s shirt sales will go to charity.
A top-flight Scottish football team have unveiled their a new chemistry-inspired kit for the forthcoming season which will help fund a local charity.
Kilmarnock FC’s men’s team, who play in the Scottish Premiership, unveiled their 2023/24 away kit inspired by the world-changing discovery of penicillin, which was made by renowned scientist Sir Alexander Fleming who studied in the town.
A nod to one of two Nobel Prize winners educated at Kilmarnock Academy, the design of the away jersey carries the visual DNA of penicillin, discovered by Fleming in 1928. Fused onto the new crimson red kit, a cyber blue pattern illuminates the chemical construct of the world’s first antibiotic.
The kit has been designed with the aim of inspiring youngsters across the region to embrace innovation, by serving as a reminder that their contribution can have a lasting impact on society.
The design will be used as a tool to educate pupils about the discovery that revolutionised medicine, with the Killie Community team preparing to share Fleming’s story as part of their programmes in schools across Ayrshire.
While putting the town’s past under the microscope, the unique design has also been formulated with a vision of strengthening medical practice across the region in the present day.
The club has committed to donating a percentage of all jersey sales to local charity partner the Crosshouse Children’s Fund, which supports treatment of babies, children and young adults across Ayrshire.
In a statement, the club said: “Kilmarnock is a town with an illustrious history of nurturing world-renowned talent. As a club, we’re proud to have the platform to showcase our community’s incredible contribution to modern society.
“The story behind this season’s away kit will allow us to continue inspiring the next generation as part of our ongoing engagement with school pupils, in addition to evolving the relationship with valued charity partners. Ultimately, it will support our strive to ensure youngsters across the region are proud of both their community and local football club.”