Director of Physical Performance
Neal Bowes, Ph.D.
Director of Performance
At SPG we are dedicated to excellence in mental and physical assessment and training from young athletes to Olympians
Established in 2004, SPG’s primary focus is on the physical and mental skills development of youth athletes, many of whom have subsequently competed at international, professional, national, collegiate and state level. We offer a range of programs and services, from developing the fundamentals in FAST KIDS™ to elite/pro training.
SPG has a proven reputation as a leading national provider of sports performance assessment, training and education. We see the problems that limit an athlete’s performance and have the answers to resolve them. Our performance experts have over 35 combined years experience working with athletes, coaches, parents and youth organizations.
We believe that every athlete, regardless of ability, has the right to a positive and rewarding experience in sport. Accordingly we work extensively as advocates and educators in identifying and answering the key issues that negatively affect athletes in youth sport. At SPG our success is based upon doing the right things, at the right time, the right way, and caring about every athletes development & well being.
Claire Bowes has developed a reputation as a leading provider of physiological assessment and physical training for elite and youth athletes. She is a graduate of the prestigious Exercise Science program at the University of Birmingham, (UK), and is a certified strength & conditioning specialist [CSCS]. Claire has developed a proven formula based on the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model and the most up to date sport science research, for assessing and training athletes in way that both maximizes performance and reduces injury risk.
Claire has over 16 years consulting experience working with many leading athletes and organizations. These include, Great Britain Triathlon, Great Britain Swimming, Top 20 world ranked junior tennis players, tour golfers, and many other national and state level athletes in sports such as swimming, cycling, running, kayak/canoe, soccer, basketball and baseball. This support includes preparation for World & European Championships, Pan American games, Junior Grand Slam events, national trials and state tournaments/events. She was a highly competitive swimmer and triathlete, giving her a personal insight into the demands of high level performance and training.
Claire is the creator of the FAST KIDS™ and SPORTSMART™ programs. These innovative programs are at the cutting edge in developing physical literacy and movement skills in young athletes, and continue to grow in popularity across the region.
Claire also serves as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where she teaches and advises on pediatric exercise science. Claire’s work also includes athlete, parent and coach education, where she offers an athlete centered, research based approach to coach clinics and parent/athlete workshops.
Claire resides in Arlington, VA, is married to Neal, and doting mom to their twin boys & Rubble the family mutt.
Dr. Neal Bowes, Ph.D. CC-AASP is a highly qualified and successful performance consultant with over 25 years of world-class experience. He has provided support to over a 1,000 athletes including Olympic, national and professional level performers, including players in the English Premier League (EPL), Championship and Scottish Premier League (SPL). He has provided on site support at European tournaments, prepared athletes and coaches for World Championships, Pam American, four successive Olympic Games and supported several World Class Performance Programs. He was recently appointed Academy Director for the V9 Academy, the brainchild of Jamie Vardy (England and Leicester City, EPL). Neal’s reputation is built upon applying mental skills/performance training in the situations athletes face and he has a proven track record of acheiving significant performance changes for both individuals and teams at the highest level.
Neal gained his Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the prestigious University of Bristol. Neal is a certified consultant (CC-AASP) of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and full member of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is listed in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry. He also holds a certification in counseling. His former playing experience in soccer at national level at schoolboy and collegiate level, as a former professional, and as a national level collegiate soccer selector, gives him an excellent insight into the demands of elite sport.
Neal’s work also includes coach, teacher and parent education. He is a certified teacher, qualified coach, and coach educator at national level. He has written national level guidelines for long-term athlete development and has developed training programs for over 1,000 coaches throughout the US and UK. The CARE™ coaching approach, developed from his doctoral research, has been experienced by over 500,000 children and is integral to all SPG programs. Neal serves as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching Sport Psychology and advising on aspects of performance and pediatric exercise science.
Neal is also a popular speaker, writes for many leading publications, and has made several television appearances promoting the use of mental skills/performance training.
He is happily married to Claire, dad to twin boys, resides in Arlington, VA, and is a lifelong Liverpool FC supporter (YNWA).