MUSCAT,16 April 2017 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in step with its 'Let's Do More' vision and 'Imprints' initiative to support youth and promote Oman as a sporting nation, celebrated the inauguration of the 33rd football field developed as part of the Green Sports initiative for Al Zaqr Sports Team in the wilayat of Izki in Dakhiliyah governorate. Shaikh Salem bin Said Al Wahaibi, President of Oman Football Association (OFA), was the guest of honour at the ceremony attended by dignitaries and senior bank officials.
Shaikh Salem bin Said Al Wahaibi congratulated Bank Muscat for the success achieved by the greening initiative. Shaikh Salem said: “The Green Sports initiative complements the government efforts in building a sporting nation by providing the youth the required modern infrastructure facilities. The initiative benefiting communities, especially youth, contributes to sustainable development, thereby ensuring all-round development in Oman."
Addressing the gathering, Abdullah Al Roshdi, Regional Manager – South Dakhiliyah Branches, reiterated the bank's support to Oman's youth who represent the future of Oman. 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. Committed to its 'Let's Do More' vision for the community and the nation, the bank aims to lead the way in contributing to sustainable development in Oman with various initiatives."
Salem Al Sarmi, President of Al Zaqr Sports Team, said: “We are thankful to Bank Muscat for the Green Sports initiative, which has made vital contributions to creating 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 Green Sports initiative launched by Bank Muscat in 2012 has gained momentum with a total of 63 teams across the Sultanate benefiting from the support till date. Marking the sixth year of the unique CSR initiative, the bank will support the development of 15 football fields in 2017.
The 2017 Green Sports programme has evoked big response as 86 sports teams have applied seeking support for greening and infrastructure development of football fields. The Green Sports committee is presently reviewing the applications following field visits to short-list the 2017 Green Sports beneficiaries.
The scope of Green Sports support for sports teams include greening of football fields with natural or synthetic turf, floodlights or water desalination equipment in areas facing problems of water salinity. Ensuring wider representation, the Green Sports support is extended to develop 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 Green Sports initiative has created an ideal platform for social engagement among youth. The football fields developed as part of the Green Sports initiative are serving as a meeting place for children and youth to be engaged in social activities leading to development of strong community bonding and positive character traits. The fields are used to host various activities such as Ramadhan nights, group weddings and other community celebrations.