MUSCAT, 10 June 2015 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, was honoured in recognition of notable initiatives to promote Oman football at the Oman Football Association awards ceremony held under the auspices of H.E Shaikh Rashad Al Hinai, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Sports Affairs. Abdullah Al Rahbi, Head – Events & Sponsorship, received the award from H.E Shaikh Rashad at the ceremony attended by Sayyid Khalid Al Busaidi, Chairman of Oman Football Association.
In keeping with the passion for football in Oman, Bank Muscat seizes every opportunity to promote the national game. As part of its commitment to promoting the development of youth and the game of football, Bank Muscat joined hands with Oman Football Association (OFA) to make the just concluded His Majesty's Cup Football Championship a memorable experience for football enthusiasts in Oman. Besides the lead support as Presenting Partner of His Majesty's Cup, the bank also presented the 'Man of the Match' award in the prestigious championship.
Bank Muscat is a major supporter of the national football team in international tournaments. During the previous editions of Gulf Cup, Bank Muscat led by example being the first private sector institution to announce cash prizes for the national team. The bank was also the first private sector institution to announce financial support to both the Oman national teams playing in the Asian qualifier for 2012 Olympics in London and 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
As the nation's leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to support varied sporting activities to motivate and provide the required impetus for the country's youth to excel in sports and games.
Central to the bank's corporate social responsibility is the Green Sports initiative launched to promote Oman as a sporting nation in general and the national game of football in particular. The Green Sports initiative was launched by the bank in 2012 to lay the foundation at the grass-root level for a sustainable sports infrastructure. In a record time, the bank has achieved notable success in developing green fields in all parts of the Sultanate, thus contributing to realising the sporting dreams of clubs and teams. Till date in the first three years of the programme, 34 sports clubs have been given support to green their playing fields. The bank remains committed to supporting all deserving clubs and teams to green their playing fields.