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Green football field presented to Al Saad Team by Bank Muscat

MUSCAT, 27 December 2015 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in step with its 'Let's Do More' vision and partnership to promote Oman as a sporting nation, presented a green football field, developed as part of the Green Sports initiative for Al Saad Team in the wilayat of Khabourah. H.E. Dr. Said bin Hamad Al Rubaie, Secretary-General of the Education Board, was the guest of honour at the ceremony attended by dignitaries and senior bank officials.

The Green Sports corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative launched by Bank Muscat in 2012 has gained momentum with a total of 49 teams across the Sultanate benefiting from it till date, of whom 18 teams have completed the greening of fields.

The bank has started receiving applications for 2016 Green Sports programme. Marking the fifth year of the unique CSR initiative, the bank will support the development of 15 football fields in 2016.

Green Sports application forms can be downloaded from the Bank Muscat website www.bankmuscat.com and are also available at the CSR department in the bank's head office. The bank will consider only new applications and the completed forms must be submitted at the head office or branches before 28 January 2016.

Ali Jama, Senior Regional Manager - North Batinah, Dhahira & Buraimi, said: “The inauguration of the green football field in the wilayat of Khabourah reiterates the bank's commitment to support youth who represent the future of Oman. We congratulate Al Saad Team for utilising the opportunity to green their field, thereby setting a fine example for other teams in Oman to promote Oman as a sporting nation."

In 2015, the bank widened the scope of Green Sports initiative beyond the greening of football fields. Football teams seeking Green Sports support can choose from four options i.e to either green their football fields with natural or synthetic turf, or avail support to affix flood lights or water desalination equipment to facilitate greening of fields in areas facing problems of water salinity. The move is aimed at providing wider representation to teams to build sustainable sports infrastructure in all parts of the Sultanate.

The football fields developed as part of the Green Sports initiative are also serving as a meeting place for children and youth to be engaged in gainful activities. The fields are used to host various activities such as Ramadhan nights, group weddings and other celebrations. Such community activities are helping children and youth develop strong positive character traits.

Rashid bin Khamis Al Haqmani, President of Al Saad Team, said: “The inauguration of the new green football field marks a milestone for the development of sports, especially the game of football, in the wilayat of Khabourah. We thank Bank Muscat for this laudable gesture. The Green Sports initiative has made vital contributions to create an environment encouraging Omani sports talents. The unique initiative is a big support for the country's youth and we are confident that many youngsters will benefit from this programme and become sporting heroes for the country."

The consistent progress of the Green Sports initiative confirms the bank's commitment to the programme aimed at providing ample opportunities for young Omanis to develop their sporting talents in an ideal environment.

Bank Muscat is committed to its 'Let's Do More' vision for the economy, community and environment and 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 momentum for youth to excel in all arenas and thereby contribute to the development and progress of Oman.