MUSCAT, 2 August 2015 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, is currently organising visits to review 2015 Green Sports applicant fields belonging to sports clubs and teams for greening and infrastructure development of playgrounds across the Sultanate. Response to Green Sports initiative has increased since its launch in 2012, with over 75 applications received this year. The bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability officials will conclude the field visits soon to evaluate the applications and select 15 beneficiaries in 2015.
The Green Sports CSR programme was launched by the bank to lay the foundation at the grass-root level for a sustainable sports infrastructure. In record time, the bank achieved notable success in developing green fields in all parts of the Sultanate, thus contributing to the realisation of sporting dreams of the clubs and affiliated teams. To date, the bank has supported 34 sports clubs and teams to green their playing fields.
As part of its commitment to promoting a sporting nation, the bank this year widened the scope of Green Sports initiative beyond greening of fields. From 2015, 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.
The bank's support to the initiative stems from its commitment to giving a helping hand to all deserving teams and clubs in Oman to green as well as provide infrastructural support for playgrounds in Oman. 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.
The Green Sports initiative reiterates 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 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.