Rashad Al Hinai: Great initiative to develop sporting talents, infrastructure
MUSCAT, 12 November 2012 – The Green Sports initiative launched by Bank Muscat to contribute to developing a sporting nation made headway as the flagship bank signed two more agreements to support and finance sports clubs and teams across Oman to green their playing fields.
H.E. Shaikh Rashad bin Ahmed Al Hinai, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Sports, presided at the signing ceremony at the bank’s head office, in the presence of Waleed Al Hashar, Group General Manager – Corporate Services, dignitaries and senior officials. The two agreements were signed to green the playing fields of Hai Al Dhahir Team in the wilayat of Quriyat and Al Khutum Team in Fanja in the wilayat of Bid Bid.
H.E. Shaikh Rashad bin Ahmed Al Hinai appreciated Bank Muscat for motivating and supporting the youth in building a sporting nation. “This will help in identifying and developing sporting talents and strengthen sports infrastructure in general and football in particular. Sports and games are important for youth and the Green Sports initiative creates an environment to develop their talents. We encourage the private sector to take inspiration from the initiative and provide additional support to the country’s youth and thereby complement the government efforts in this field.”
H.E. Shaikh Rashad bin Ahmed Al Hinai congratulated the teams selected for the Green Sports support. “There are scores of talented young people in the Sultanate who can excel in sports and games and the Green Sports initiative will help identify and develop many of them.”
Waleed Al Hashar thanked the dignitaries attending the ceremony. “The Green Sports initiative is aimed at promoting social responsibility, inspired by the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to activate the role of the private sector in community activities and events. The initiative reiterates the bank’s support to Oman’s youth who represent the future of Oman, besides contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, thereby ensuring all-round development in Oman.”
Waleed Al Hashar added: “Bank Muscat is the fruit of the prosperous renaissance era, where the bank plays a lead role in economic and social activities benefiting citizens across the Sultanate. The Green Sports initiative is a strategic decision by the bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation. We congratulate all teams who have benefited from this initiative.”
H.E. Shaikh Suhail bin Mahad al Maashani, Wali of Bid Bid, appreciated Bank Muscat for encouraging Omani sports talents. “The initiative is a big support for the country’s youth and will contribute to establishing proper sports infrastructure in the country. We are confident that many youngsters will benefit from this initiative and become sporting heroes for the country.”
Mohammed bin Humaid al Gabshi, Deputy Wali of Quriyat, commended Bank Muscat for supporting various sports activities in the Sultanate. He congratulated Hai Al Dhahir Team in the wilayat of Quriyat for winning the Green Sports support. “More than 50 per cent of the country’s population comprise youth who needs to be encouraged for all-round development. This initiative will benefit a large segment of society.”
Mahfoudh bin Ali al Juma, Representative of Hai Al Dhahir Team from the wilayat of Quriyat, said he was confident young athletes and players will contribute to the emergence of a strong sporting nation. We are thankful to Bank Muscat for launching the Green Sports initiative, which will significantly raise the sporting infrastructure standards in Oman and help nurture a generation of sporting heroes. The initiative will encourage healthy living, which will have wider impact on the nation.”
Sultan Rashid al Jalandhani, Representative of Al Khutum Team in Fanja, said the initiative will be a big boost to developing sporting talents in Oman. He expressed delight in his team being selected as a beneficiary for the Green Sports initiative. “The strengthening of sports infrastructure will significantly contribute to the discovery of young talents and provide appropriate sports infrastructure to organise various sporting events.”
The Green Sports initiative was launched by the bank early this year to lay the foundation at the grass-root level for a sustainable sports infrastructure across Oman. The programme has identified clubs 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.
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.
Bank Muscat is a strong supporter of sporting activities, especially football, and was the first private sector institution to announce support to the Oman national teams playing in the Asian qualifier for 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil and 2012 Olympics in London.
The recent sports activities supported by the bank include Oman Sail’s Women’s Programme, an initiative bringing sailing into the lives of Omani women, aimed at empowering and encouraging them to develop sailing skills for recreation and career.
Bank Muscat is the first Omani bank to establish a full-fledged CSR department. Considered among core values, the CSR policy stems from the bank’s strong belief in the importance of social responsibility and reflects the concern and care for various segments of society. The bank is of the view that its social responsibility is not merely participation in charitable works and organisation of voluntary campaigns, but responsibility towards all-round development of society.
Bank Muscat focuses on all types of projects that fall within the framework of social responsibility. The prime consideration includes the benefit reaching the largest number of individuals; the youth and job-seekers, and provision of opportunities for the development of skills/human capital. Efforts are also targeted at individuals with special needs to enhance their capabilities with the aim of integrating them into mainstream society.
Bank Muscat will sign more agreements with sports clubs and teams to green their playing fields in the coming days.