The Legacy — Sport & Development
Large scale events electrify people. They mobilize societies. Specifically developing and emerging countries understand them as an effective tool for communicating with the global family of nations. In the frame of international large events sports can thus provide impulses for political networking and for social and economic development, for sharing a wide range of international values and experience. Through their highly emotional appeal such events offer unique opportunities, which can be used for developing adjacent areas, or simply create synergies; socially, politically or economically.
Through their integrative functions sports can achieve a lot. Sports gather people from various nations in a mostly peaceful manner, they stimulate national and multinational dialogue and motivate people for social commitment. Quite often they even directly help with the integration of foreigners or minorities. In this context sports ought to be understood not as a separate system but rather as a well embedded tool for opening new access and dimensions in developing competences and capacities.
In June 30th the Theme Day «The Legacy — Sport and Development» is going to take place at the European Village in Kyiv. During this day it is, among other, planned to have a talk show with prominent guests from UEFA, German Football Federation and famous sportsmen as well as guests from South Africa, who want to share their experience with the legacy of World Cup 2010. The panel will discuss how Euro 2012 can best create spin offs for future developments and enhance the positive impacts on the hosting cities and countries.
In addition various projects of the EU and the German Ukrainian International Cooperation will show how sports can be used for sustainable social development. Another example is the planned official handing over of the football pitch, which will be used for various tournaments at the Euro Village to a Ukrainian school or a sports club. The football field is financed by the Ukrainian German project Fair Play.