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 5000 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 Squad 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.