Willibald Gebhardt Institute

International Institute for Research
and Knowledge Transfer in Sport e.V.

The Willibald Gebhardt Institute (WGI) is an International Institute of Research and Knowledge Transfer in the fields of Sport and Sport Sciences. It was established as a non-governmental and non-profit institution at the city of Essen (Germany) on May 5th 1992. According to the constitution of the WGI its purpose is to support human tasks and social targets of physical activities including health-related fitness and ethical-morale principles in sport activities. This purpose is linked with a holistic approach of education for a well-rounded individual, particularly for children and adolescents in their main settings of living and development:  in families, at schools, within sport clubs in the context of recreational and elite sports.

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Who was Willibald Gebhardt?

Karl August Willibald Gebhardt was born on January 17th, 1861 in Berlin and also died there on April 30th, 1921. He was a supporter of modern international Olympic games and founder of the Olympic movement in Germany, even though the modern international Olympic movement is most often only associated with Pierre de Coubertin.

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Volume 16 of WGI Book Series soon to be published

December 10, 2020

The final editorial work is being completed for the soon to be published Volume 16 in the WGI Book Series. The editors Deanna Binder, Roland Naul and Ludmila Fialova have comprised an anthology titled "Olympic Education: History, Theory, Practice". This anthology is dedicated as a commemorative book for Antonin Rychtecky on behalf of his 75th birthday in 2020. It compiles the proceedings of the ...

WGI contributes to 2020 CEREPS Summit in Budapest

November 30, 2020

The CEREPS Summit 2020 with the topic “Quality Physical Education: What does it mean, and how should it look like?” should have taken place in Budapest at the end of June and beginning of July this ...

WGI-Research from „Skills“ project published

October 27, 2020

In the journal "Forum Kinder- und Jugensport" a research paper from the WGI-project "Skills" has been published, with researchers from Willibald Gebhardt Institute as key contributors. The journal aims ...

European Conference on Research in Physical Education and School Sport postponed

October 1, 2020

Since March 2020, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute and its activities are also affected by the Corona virus. While some projects, like the current EU Tender on behalf of the European Parliament progress ...