MUSCAT, 22 September 2014 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, on Monday (22 September 2014) announced a major thrust for the Green Sports initiative at a ceremony held under the auspices of H.E. Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs, in the presence of AbdulRazak Ali Issa, Chief Executive, dignitaries and officials representing sports clubs and teams across the Sultanate, at the bank's head office.
Aimed at strengthening sports infrastructure in general and greening of football grounds in particular, the bank announced to significantly enhance support to the Green Sports initiative. Marking the successful third year, the 2014 Green Sports beneficiary teams and clubs were also announced on the occasion. The decision to boost support to the initiative stems from the bank's commitment to giving a helping hand to all deserving teams and clubs in Oman to green their playing fields.
H.E. Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi congratulated Bank Muscat for the immense success achieved by the greening initiative. H.E. Al Toobi said: “The Green Sports initiative complements the government efforts in building a sporting nation by providing the youth the required infrastructure facilities. The initiative benefiting communities, especially youth, also contributes to sustainable development and protection of the environment, thereby ensuring all-round development in Oman."
The Green Sports initiative launched in 2012 by Bank Muscat in association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation has widened its reach across the Sultanate. In a record time, the bank has achieved notable success in developing green fields across the Sultanate, thus contributing to realising the sporting dreams of clubs and teams.
The 2014 Green Sports beneficiaries are Al Qadisya Team in Ibri – Dhahira; Shabab Al Ashkhara Team in Al Ashkhara – Sharqiyah; Al Tadhamun Team in Al Qabil – Sharqiyah; Falaj Al Mashiakh Team in Jalaan Bani Bu Hasan – Sharqiyah; Husn Al Mashiakh Team in Jalaan Bani Bu Hasan – Sharqiyah; Al Khashba Team in Mudhaibi – Sharqiyah; Al Arabi Team in Mudhaibi – Sharqiyah; Al Hatheeb Team in Barka - South Batinah; Afie Team in Wadi Al Maawil - South Batinah; Al Saad Team in Al Khabourah – North Batinah; Al Arabi Team in Al Suwaiq - North Batinah; Wadi Bani Omar Team in Saham - North Batinah; Itihad Daghmr Team in Daghmar (Quriyat) – Muscat and Al Khairan Team in Al Khairan – Muscat.
AbdulRazak Ali Issa said: “Bank Muscat is proud to enhance support for the Green Sports initiative as part of its CSR strategy to further strengthen its leadership role in social responsibility and facilitate partnership between the government and the private sector for sustainable development and progress of Oman, inspired by the directive of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to activate the role of the private sector in social responsibility and development of Omani society."
The Green Sports CSR programme was launched by the bank in 2012 to lay the foundation at the grass-root level for a sustainable sports infrastructure. The funding criteria for the programme, which has already benefited 20 teams in the first two years of the programme, include that sports clubs/teams should have been in existence for three years with a minimum membership of 300 youth from the local community. Bank Muscat will lay turf grass and hand over the fields to beneficiary clubs/teams.
The greening initiative has yielded encouraging results with several teams completing the project. The bank recognises that local clubs wield immense influence on neighbourhood communities, especially youth, hence clubs with modern infrastructure facilities can help raise sporting heroes for the country.
Salim Al Kaabi, DGM – Human Resources, in the welcome address said: “The Green Sports initiative reiterates the bank's support to Oman's youth who represent the future of Oman. True to its commitment to supporting varied sporting activities in the country, Bank Muscat remains at the forefront in offering the required encouragement to youth. As the nation's leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to motivate other corporates to provide the required impetus for youth to excel in all arenas and thereby contribute the development and progress of Oman."