WINGATE INSTITUTE

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The Wingate Institute, Israel's National Centre for Physical Education and Sport, was inaugurated in 1957 and is named in honor of Major General Orde Charles Wingate “The Friend”.

The State of Israel concentrates at the Institute the educational, professional and scientific resources for the development of physical education, "sport for all", and elite sport and sport as a means of social and physical rehabilitation.

Some 5,000 academics, coaches, athletes, students and the general public - both native-born Israeli and new immigrants - pass daily through Wingate's gates. The Institute serves as a training centre for national teams, the Olympic Team and hosts international sport science conferences.

In recognition of extraordinary achievements in the field of education, sport medicine and research, the then President of the State of Israel  - the late Mr. Haim Herzog - awarded the prestigious Israel Prize to the Wingate Institute in 1989.

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The Wingate Institute includes:

FACILITIES
- Sports Hotel
- Swimming Pools
- Sport and Gymnastic Halls
- Fitness Gymnasia
- Sport Fields
- Fitness and Recuperation Centre
- Track & Field Stadium
- Sport Recreation Centre
- International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Exhibition
- Permanent Exhibition on Physical Education & Sport

SERVICES
- Central Reference Library
- In-House Publishing
- Audio-Visual Department
- Archives on Sport and Physical Education
- Seminar and Congress Facilities, Corporate fun and sport days
- Dining Rooms
- Halls of Residence
- Cafeteria and Sport Goods Shop

All these facilities and services are at the disposal of the sportsmen - professional and amateur alike - coaches and instructors, physical education teachers and the sports-minded public at large.


THE TERNER PEDAGOGICAL CENTRE
The Centre comprises the reference library, the Zvi Nishri Archives, the Units for audio visual, multi-media, in-house publishing, and the Centre for Historical Studies of Physical Education and Sport. Linked to the Internet, it is the national centre for information in all matters relating to physical education, sport and sport medicine science, and serves the academic staff, researchers, students, as well as interested members of the general public.

 

THE NAT HOLMAN SCHOOL FOR COACHES AND INSTRUCTORS
The School is empowered by the Sports Law to train coaches and instructors in competitive and non­-competitive sports and conducts courses for referees, managers of recreational facilities and sport administrators.

It has over the years prepared thousands of professional personnel who have contributed to the development of sport and physical education at all levels.

As well, it trains instructors to work with senior citizens, the physically and mentally challenged and conducts special programs for the Blind and the social rehabilitation of the underprivileged.

THE RIBSTEIN CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND SPORT MEDICINE
The Centre provides medical services and information to all athletes regarding daily training and goals. The medical staff diagnoses and treats professional and amateur sportsmen as well as the general public for sport-related injuries, offers physical examinations and a range of physiological, physiotherapy, psychological services, nutrition and physical fitness consultations.

Ongoing research is conducted into the physiological and psychological aspects of exercises and human performance in relation to movement, amongst which are the effects of nutritional additives on performance, factors relating to recovery after activity, reactions of children to physical effort, and the effects of extreme temperatures on performance. Joint projects with leading medical institutions are also conducted on physical activity in relationship to illnesses such as osteoporosis, cystic fibrosis and hemophilia.

The universally accepted Wingate Anaerobic Test (WANT) for measuring the anaerobic muscle power of an athlete was developed at the Institute some 25 years ago.


THE ELITE SPORTS DIVISION
The operating arm of the Israel Olympic Committee, the Unit is a joint venture with the Sport Authority. It focuses on the development and advancement of Israel’s elite athletes and supervises the planning and preparations of Israel’s Olympic Squad for the Olympic Games and World Championships.

CENTER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPORT GIFTEDNESS
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stablished in 1990, the Centre aims at developing to the maximum the potential of young talented athletes. Selected on merit, these sport-gifted youth – boys and girls – board at Wingate and train in 4 sports – judo, swimming, volleyball (male and female) and tennis. Coached by top-level professionals, and under constant medical supervision, these young athletes train intensively and represent Israel at international competitions where they have obtained extremely creditable results.


THE INTERNATIONAL JEWISH SPORTS HALL OF FAME
The Hall of Fame was founded in 1979 and honors Jewish sportsmen and women worldwide who have accomplished outstanding achievements in sports, or made significant contributions to Jewish life through sports.

Over 350 Jewish sport personalities are inducted in the Hall of Fame, bringing honor and adding luster to the rich history of Jews in sport.

THE ISRAEL SPORTS HALL OF FAME
The Israel Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1993, giving recognition to deserving Israeli sportsmen and women and to those who have represented Israel at Olympic Games. To date over 210 Israeli sportsmen who have brought honor to the State and helped developed sport in Israel, are listed.


THE WINGATE INSTITUTE LOCATION

Situated within 125 acres of lush green landscape, the Wingate Institute is located 8 kms south of Netanya off the main Tel Aviv - Haifa Highway.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE INSTITUTE

For further information and guided tours please contact:
The Public Relations Department
and External Affairs Department
Wingate Institute, Netanya 42902 - Israel
Tel: *972-9-8639521/523; Fax: *972-9-8639483
Email:
sharont@wingate.org.il

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