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New green playground for Al Jazeera Team in Al Kamil, courtesy of Bank Musscat

MUSCAT, 2 May 2015 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, handed over a green playground developed as part of the Green Sports initiative to Al Jazeera Team in the wilayat of Al Kamil W’al Wafi under the auspices of Sayyid Khalid bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Chairman of Oman Football Association. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, senior bank officials and a large turn-out of football enthusiasts.

Congratulating Bank Muscat for the success achieved by the unique CSR programme, Sayyid Khalid said: “The Green Sports initiative complements government efforts in building a sporting nation by providing youth the required infrastructure facilities. The initiative benefiting communities, especially youth, contributes to sustainable development and protection of the environment, thereby ensuring all-round development in Oman.”

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.

Taya Bait Sabea, Senior Regional Manager – South-East-Central Muscat & South Sharqiyah Regions, said: “The inauguration of the green playground in Al Kamil W’al Wafi endorses the bank’s commitment to support youth representing the country’s future. We congratulate Al Jazeera Team for seizing the opportunity to green their playing field, thereby setting a fine example for other clubs and teams in Oman to promote Oman as a sporting nation.”

The bank’s Green Sports support stems from its commitment to giving a helping hand to all deserving teams and clubs in 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 funding criteria 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.

Dr. Abdulaziz bin Rashid Al Hashmi representing Al Jazeera Team, said: “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.”

In 2015, the bank widened the scope of Green Sports initiative beyond greening of playgrounds. From this year, sports teams and clubs seeking Green Sports support can choose from four options to either green their playgrounds 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 sports clubs and teams to build sustainable sports infrastructure in all parts of the Sultanate.

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 and provide the required impetus for youth to excel in all arenas and thereby contribute to the development and progress of Oman.