Introduction

An African Football World Cup, at last!

  • Results of the International Symposium on the Impact of Mega Sports Events on Developmental Goals.
  • Hosted and organised by: University of the Western Cape, the Flemish Government and the Inter-University Council (VLIR-DBBS)
  • 5th - 7th of March 2008
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Maximising positive impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

An increasing number of developing nations are competing in bidding to host Mega Sports Events without fully taking into account their potential socio-economic and community development consequences.

The main objective of the International Symposium on the Impact of Mega Sports Events on Developmental Goals was to highlight socio-economic, health, and community development impacts of Mega Sports Events that will occur regardless any deliberate planning and to suggest strategies that will maximize the potential benefits and minimize negative effects.


On this website we offer you the conference papers, presentations and report.

Tribute to Prof. P. Avis

The symposium was dedicated to Prof. P. Avis (1958-2006). Paul Avis was a professor of Sport Psychology in the Department of Sports, Recreation and Exercise Sciences at UWC. He was a committee member for the April 2006 conference Unlocking the potential of Sport for Youth Wellness and development" hosted by UWC/VLIR. Paul was diagnosed with cancer prior to the conference but, true to his character, he honoured his commitment as a conference committee member. Read more.

A word of thanks

We would like to thank the organisers of the conference: (University of the Western Cape and KULeuven), the contributors to the conference (presentations and papers) and the valuable input of all participants!

For all papers and presentations, see:

  • Conference report: An African football world cup at last! But what will be the effects? Maximising positive impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ (pdf)