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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Season’s Greetings from WGI

December 22, 2021

Dear members, dear sponsors and friends of the WGI, Again, for 2021, I would like to continue the good WGI tradition in the Advent season and, after our general meeting on November 24th, 2021, would like to give you a brief review of the year and a first outlook on the new year, combined with many good holiday wishes. As a result of the ongoing corona pandemic, 2021 continued to pose major challenges ...

EuPEO project successfully completed

October 11, 2021

Slightly delayed - due to postponed data collection due to the effects of the corona pandemic on school sports throughout Europe - the EuPEO project was successfully completed in the summer of 2021 under ...

DOA anthology “Educational Potentials of the Olympic Idea” features WGI chapter by Roland Naul

October 11, 2021

After much preparatory work, the current publication of the German Olympic Academy appeared in September. The anthology "Educational Potentials of the Olympic Idea" is also available online and has therefore ...

WGI supports Dutch-German “Euregiade” sport project

October 7, 2021

How can cross-border cooperation in sport be strengthened again? And what possibilities does the concept of a "Euregiade" offer? These and other questions are being dealt with in a feasibility study “Euregiade” ...