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In March 1913, an International Congress of Physical Education was organized in Paris, under the aegis of the new President of the Republic, Raymond Poincaré , to compare the different methods that flourished at the time.

The FrenchNavy presented Hébert's " Natural Method ".


Georges Hébert demonstrated with 350 subjects of all ages (from 7 to 21 years old) and not selected for the occasion.

Demonstration at the International Congress of Physical Education, Paris 1913.
1913 : la Méthode naturelle de Georges Hébert au congrès international d'éducation physique

He won a real triumph and the Natural Method appeared to the public as “the” method to be adopted.


The press praised Hébert and the Natural Method immediately reached international distribution and notoriety .


A HEBERT support committee is immediately formed with:


  • Georges DEMENY

  • Pierre de COUBERTIN and the Olympic Committee

  • Auguste RODIN (sculptor)

  • Jean BOUIN (Olympic medalist, 35 french  records and 5 world records in running)

  • The Marquis of POLIGNAC

  • jean RICHEPIN (academician)

  • Gabriel BONVALOT (explorer)

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Caricature, by Jaffre, of Georges Hébert published in the press, 1913

1913: The college of athletes of Reims

(Pierre Philippe Meden: Du sport à la Scène, Presse Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2017,  I.5.4, P. 151-165)

Following this effervescence, Hébert - with the support of De Coubertin-was called, in April 1913, to take the head the “college of athletes of Reims”. It is financed by a donator, the Marquis de Polignac, (President of the "Pommery" champagnes).


The college of athletes was inaugurated by the President of the Republic in October 1913.


Georges Hébert trains:


  • top athletes (including Jean Bouin) for the 1916 Olympic Games

  • instructors in 2 separate centers.


The direction of the physiology laboratory is given to his friend Demenÿ.

College d'Athletes de Reims 1913 sous la direction de Georges Hébert
The college of athletes of Reims: Views of the stadiums and the gymnasium

Fame is immediate and we many delegations from France and abroad come and discover this new method: the "Natural Method".


Unfortunately, the adventure is stopped by the First World War ...