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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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 at Research, transfer and dialogue with applied practitioners - and thus is an excellent fit for publishing WGI research, aligning with the WGI objectives of research and knowledge transfer. Former ...

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 ...

School Sport in Europe succumbs to Corona Virus

July 13, 2020

On June 23, 2020 the European Physical Education Assciation (EUPEA) held an Online Conference that about 1000 individuals from around the world attended. The conference focused on data regarding the effect ...

WGI wins EU-Sport Policy Tender issued by the European Parliament

July 10, 2020

Together with a research consortium made up of several high-profile partners the department led by Prof. Mittag at DSHS Cologne (lead) and the WGI (Prof. Naul, co-lead) have won an EU-Sport Policy Tender ...