MUSCAT, 26 December 2016 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, has evoked big response to 2017 Green Sports programme as 86 sports teams from across the Sultanate have applied seeking support for greening and infrastructure development of football fields.
Marking the sixth year of the unique CSR initiative, the bank will support the development of 15 football fields in 2017 in line with its 'Let's Do More' vision and 'Imprints' initiative to support youth and promote Oman as a sporting nation. In the coming days, the Green Sports committee will review the applications and make field visits to short-list the 2017 Green Sports beneficiaries.
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.
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. Providing 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.
In a unique contribution, 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.
Bank Muscat is committed to its 'Let's Do More' vision for the community and the nation 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