MUSCAT, 23 April 2012 – The Green Sports initiative launched
by Bank Muscat, as part of a unique Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
project aimed at contributing to developing a sporting nation, has made headway
signed to support and finance sports clubs across Oman to green their playing
fields have yielded positive results.
A committee overseeing the
implementation of Green Sports visited the grounds of Al Noor Team in the
wilayat of Musannah and Al Hoqain Team in the wilayat of Rostaq to review the
progress of the greening project. Both the teams were among the 10 clubs which
received the Green Sports assistance to green their playing fields in
Essam Al Sharji, CSR Manager, said:
“We are impressed with the progress being made by Al Noor Team and Al Hoqain
Team in greening their playing fields. The bank will support all deserving clubs
across the Sultanate to green their playing fields. To achieve the goals of the
initiative, the bank is currently evaluating applications in order to provide a
chance for more clubs to green their playing fields. The initiative is a
strategic decision by the bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports
Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation.”
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 across Oman. The 5-year programme aims to
identify clubs and teams across Oman to green their playing fields. 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.
The initiative is in line with
the United Nations
Environment Program (UNEP), which has included Green Sports in its current
10-year program: Resolution 2997 XXVII. Sporting activities involving
environmental commitment are now playing an increasingly important role at the
global level in focusing recognition on protecting our planet.
The Green Sports initiative allows Bank Muscat to
closely align itself with the global UNEP programme. The bank will primarily
develop green playing fields across Oman and launch many community projects
targeting the youth, who represents 70 per cent of the Sultanate’s population.
Many CSR projects by Bank Muscat will be clustered around sports, an essential
activity for everyone’s well-being. These sports activities will take place in
green fields developed by the bank.
Al Sharji added: “The Green Sports
initiative reiterates the bank’s support to Oman’s youth who represent the
future of Oman. The initiative also contributes to sustainable development and
protection of the environment, thereby ensuring all-round development in
True to its commitment to supporting
varied sporting activities in the country, Bank Muscat remains at the forefront
in offering the required encouragement and support 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 to the development and progress of Oman.