in Club News March 27, 2018
As part of the agreement running until the end of the 2019/20 season, QTS will become the longest-serving shirt sponsor in the club’s history, with its logo adorning Killie’s home and away shirts for eight consecutive seasons.
The deal also ensures QTS will remain Killie’s shirt sponsor as the historic club celebrates its 150th anniversary throughout 2019.
QTS, one of the country’s leading railways contractors, has enjoyed a strong relationship with the club since 2012. As well as continuing the sponsorship with the first team, QTS is also a proud supporter of the Youth Academy and has also committed to another year as the main sponsors for FC Kilmarnock Ladies. The company’s bold orange and black branding will also remain as an instantly recognisable feature around the stadium.
Alan McLeish, Managing Director of QTS commented: "QTS is very proud to be involved so closely with Kilmarnock Football Club and the longevity of our partnership shows the commitment that we have not only to the club, but also to the wider community.
"The team under Steve Clarke has shown incredible drive and determination over this last season. His leadership has revitalised the players, and also the spirit in the town, and we are thrilled to be continuing as main sponsor for the next two years, especially as it ties in with the milestone anniversary.
"QTS is passionate about sport and encouraging young athletes so it is important for us to not only support the first team, but to also invest in the up and coming talent in the club. This is why we have also committed to sponsoring the ladies and youth academy once again too, helping to nurture the Killie stars of the future."
QTS is also heavily involved in the Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust, with Commercial Director, Phyllis McLeish, a founding trustee. Through the corporate and personal generosity of QTS and Phyllis & Alan McLeish, KCST, has flourished since its inception in September 2015.
Its goal is it help to inspire the local community, young and old, to be more active in sports and to adopt healthy lifestyles. Through this backing, new cabins have been purchased to give KCST a much needed base in the grounds of the stadium.
A new portable street pitch has also been purchased which will help the KCST team run a series of fun activities for young people at Rugby Park and via an outreach program in the surrounding areas. An expanded program of KCST activities is to be launched next season and the club and the charity are now aligned in their desire to make a positive impact for their supporters and the wider community.Kilmarnock Football Club Chief Executive Kirsten Robertson said: "We are delighted to continue our partnership with QTS as the club’s main sponsor for a further two years, which takes us through to our milestone 150th anniversary.
"This is an extremely exciting period for our great club as we celebrate our proud history and tradition as well as look forward to promising times ahead under Steve Clarke’s stewardship
"We place great value on the ongoing relationship and commitment shown by all at QTS and their support has proven invaluable throughout the years.
"QTS share our passion to see Kilmarnock Football Club thrive on and off the field and we look forward to seeing the club and the KCST continue to evolve and grow over the course of this agreement."