New Killie kit inspired by Alexander Fleming's penicillin discovery

Killie say the kit has been designed with the aim of inspiring youngsters across the region to embrace innovation.

Kilmarnock release new kit based on Alexander Fleming discovery of penicillin Kilmarnock FC

Kilmarnock have released a new kit inspired by the discovery of the world’s first antibiotic by Scottish physician and microbiologist Alexander Fleming.

Ayrshire born Fleming, who studied at Kilmarnock Academy, made the world changing discovery of penicillin in 1928.

Fleming was knighted for the discovery in 1944 and won the Nobel Prize a year later.

He was also named as the third greatest Scot of all time in a poll of STV viewers, behind only William Wallace and Robert Burns.

Scottish bacteriologist Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955) in his laboratory at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, 2nd October 1943. (Photo by Davies/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Getty Images

The crimson red away kit carries the visual DNA of penicillin with a cyber blue pattern illuminating the chemical construct of the world’s first antibiotic.

Killie say it 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.

In coming months, 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.

The kit has been designed in partnership with Hummel and a percentage of sales going to the club’s charity partner, the Crosshouse Children’s Fund.

Commenting on the release, Kilmarnock Football Club’s General Manager, Gregg McEwan, 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.”

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