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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Successful EduPASS “Learning Teaching Training” event held in Dublin

November 17, 2023

From October 2 to 6, 2023, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute attended the first of two training programs as part of the EduPASS project in Dublin (Ireland), which was organized by Sport Ireland Coaching. The WGI delegation, consisting of Sebastian Brückner, Roland Naul and the three dedicated coaches Cornelius Reh, Dustin Krzyszka and Jörn Steinmetz, together with 21 participants from the other project ...

Successful conference on sport politics in Germany and Korea

June 15, 2023

On June 6 and 7, the International Conference on Sport, Politics and History in Germany and Korea took place in the Schloss Münster. The German-Korean conference was organized by the Department of Sport ...

International Conference “Sport Politics in Germany and Korea“

May 17, 2023

On June 6 and 7, 2023, the Department of Sport Pedagogic and Sport History of the Institute of Sports Science at WWU Münster will host the international conference "Sport Politics in Germany and Korea". ...

Presentations of the “European Conference on Physical Education and School Sport” now available for download

May 15, 2023

Guests from seven nations attended the "European Conference on Physical Education and School Sport" in October 2022, which was organized by the Willibald Gebhardt Institute in Münster in the year of its ...