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Bank Muscat to present green football field to Hai Al Daher team in Quriyat

MUSCAT, 11 October 2015 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in step with its 'Let's Do More' vision and partnership to support youth who represent the future of Oman, will celebrate the inauguration of Hai Al Daher sports team's green football field, developed as part of the Green Sports initiative in the wilayat of Quriyat, under the auspices of Khalid bin Muhammad Al Zubair, Chairman of Oman Olympic Committee, on Tuesday 13 October. The event will be attended by dignitaries and senior bank officials.

The corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative launched by Bank Muscat to promote Oman as a sporting nation has gained momentum with the announcement of 15 new beneficiary teams for 2015. Marking a successful fourth year, the unique Green Sports initiative has, to date, benefited a total of 49 teams across the Sultanate.

In 2015, the bank widened the scope of Green Sports initiative beyond the greening of football fields. Football  teams seeking Green Sports support can choose from four options 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 football fields 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 Ramadan nights, group weddings and other celebrations. Such community activities are helping children and youth  develop strong positive character traits.  Aimed at raising sporting heroes for the country, the bank remains committed to supporting all deserving teams to develop sports infrastructure across the Sultanate. Bank Muscat recognises that sustainable development has the potential for achieving long-term benefits spanning economic, social, cultural and environmental dimensions.

The funding criteria for the Green Sports programme include that sports teams should have been in existence for three years with a minimum membership of 300 youth 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 consistent progress of the Green Sports initiative confirms the bank's commitment to the programme aimed at providing ample opportunities for young Omanis to develop their sporting talents in an ideal environment. The programme is expected to go a long way in developing the sporting skills and talents of Omani youth, thereby promoting the game of football in Oman.   

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