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Bank Muscat to receive 2016 Green Sports applications from 20 Dec

MUSCAT, 15 December 2015 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, will start receiving applications for 2016 Green Sports programme from 20 December. Marking the fifth year of the unique CSR initiative, the bank will support the development of 15 football fields in 2016 in line with the 'Let's Do More' vision and partnership to promote Oman as a sporting nation.

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.

The Green Sports initiative launched by Bank Muscat in 2012 has gained momentum with a total of 49 teams across the Sultanate benefiting from the support till date.

In 2015, the bank widened the scope of Green Sports support beyond the natural greening of football fields. Football teams seeking Green Sports support can now 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 criteria for availing the Green Sports support include that sports teams should have been in existence for three years with a minimum of 300 members from the local community. The bank recognises that local teams wield immense influence on neighbourhood communities, especially youth, hence teams with modern infrastructure facilities can help raise sporting heroes for the country.

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.

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

For any enquiries on Green Sports registration, Bank Muscat officials can be contacted on 24768987 or 24768505.