Bank Muscat reviews 2017 Green Sports applications

MUSCAT: Bank Muscat has begun field visits by a committee to review and short-list 2017 Green Sports applications from sports teams for greening and infrastructure development of football fields across the Sultanate. 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. In the coming days, the Green Sports committee will visit all 2017 applicant football fields across the Sultanate.
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 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 bank recently presented the 25th Green Sports football field developed as part of the Green Sports initiative to Al Taawin Sports Team in the wilayat of Shinas in North Batinah governorate, and the 26th football field to Al Qabsan Sports Team in the wilayat of Samayil in Dakhiliyah.