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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Willibald Gebhardt Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary on May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

On May 5, 1992, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute was founded as a registered, non-profit association in Essen. So on May 5, 2022, the WGI will celebrate its 30th anniversary. And the WGI's statutory purpose - to promote the transfer of knowledge into sports practice - could hardly be more socially significant due to the current impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. "The tasks and challenges for upbringing, ...

WGI to contribute to newly funded Erasmus+ project EduPASS

April 13, 2022

Willibald Gebhardt Institute along with its partners has successfully applied for an Erasmus+ grant titled "EduPASS: Education for Physical Activity and Sport: Informal and Non-formal Settings". The grant ...

Results of the feasibility study “Euregiade” well received

February 9, 2022

At the end of the year 2021, the feasibility study of a transnational "Euregiade", funded by the EU and the province of Gelderland within the framework of Interreg V-A Germany-Nederland, was completed ...

Beijing 2022: Michael Krüger sheds light on origins of the Winter Olympics

February 8, 2022

The expertise of the Willibald Gebhardt Institute is once again in demand in the context of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Prof. Michael Krüger, Vice President Olympia of the WGI, contributed a news ...