MUSCAT, 28 March 2019
Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in step with its vision ‘To serve you better, everyday’ and commitment to partnership in supporting youth and promoting Oman as a sporting nation, celebrated the inauguration of two football fields developed as part of its Green Sports initiative. Bank Muscat has by now contributed 57 fields as part of its strategic initiative to do more for the country’s youth and help local teams and communities play an important role in the emergence of sports heroes in the country.
The first Green Sports football field was presented to the Al Araqi Team in the wilayat of Ibri in Dhahirah governorate, followed by the second one which was presented to the Al Saham Team in the wilayat of Izki in Dakhliyah governorate.
H.E. Sheikh Khalid Hilal Al Mawali, Chairman of the Shura Council, was the guest of honour at the ceremony in Ibri that was attended by many dignitaries and senior bank officials. Juma Khamis Al Yaqoubi, Regional Manager, Dhahirah Region, Bank Muscat, reiterated Bank Muscat’s efforts to support the development of modern sports infrastructure across the Sultanate. The initiative benefits communities, especially Omani youth and will also contribute majorly to sustainable development and all-round progress in Oman, complementing the Government’s efforts in the making of a modern and prosperous nation.
Salim Saif Al Gharibi, Team Manager of Al Araqi Team, thanked Bank Muscat for the football field and its Green Sports initiative to promote a sporting culture among Omani youth.
The second Green Sports field was handed over to the Al Saham Team in Izki at an event that was held under the auspices of H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Busaidi, Wali of Izki, and attended by many dignitaries as well as senior bank officials.
Hamdan bin Humood Al Bimani, Regional Manager of Dakhliyah South, said: “Bank Muscat’s Green Sports initiative benefits communities, especially the youth, and is aimed at contributing to sustainable development and all-round progress in Oman. The Bank is happy to contribute in a big way to creating sporting heroes in the future as well as overall development of communities across the Sultanate.”
Nasser Said Al Hadhrami, the Team Manager of the Al Saham Team, thanked the Bank for its CSR strategy and said that the Green Sports initiative was a big boon for the development of sports and the game of football in Oman.
The Green Sports initiative launched by Bank Muscat in 2012 has gained further momentum with a total of 57 fields having been handed over to teams across the Sultanate. The scope of Green Sports support for sports teams include greening of football fields with natural or synthetic turf, floodlights or water desalination equipment in areas facing problems of water salinity.
Sports teams that are at least three years old and with a minimum of 300 members from the local community are eligible for Green Sports support from Bank Muscat. The Bank recognises that local teams wield immense influence on neighbourhood communities, especially the youth. Hence teams with modern infrastructure facilities can help raise sporting heroes for the country.
The Green Sports initiative has created an ideal platform for social engagement among youth. The football fields developed as part of the Green Sports initiative are serving as a meeting place for children and youth to be engaged in social activities leading to the development of strong community bonding and positive character traits. The fields are used to host various activities such as Ramadhan nights, group weddings and other community celebrations.
Bank Muscat is proud to have led the way in contributing to sustainable development in Oman with various initiatives. As the nation’s leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to provide the motivation for youth to excel in all arenas and thereby contribute to the overall development and progress of Oman.