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Columbia Falls soccer program finds unique way to train online

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 20:08:46-04

Columbia Falls varsity boys soccer coach O'Brien Byrd, told MTN that all the coaches were starting to miss their athletes.

Currently, springs sports are suspended due to Coronavirus concerns.

Nine Columbia Falls soccer coaches decided to pose a thirty day challenge to their athletes.

Every day, the Columbia Falls soccer coaches post a workout video to the Columbia Falls Wildcat Soccer YouTube page.

And that challenge is now making its way around the country.

"And it's bigger than Columbia Falls school district kids. It's kids in Kalispell, kids in Whitefish," said Byrd. "We have kids in Denver, Pennsylvania, Portland who are doing this on Instagram."

Right now, he said the videos on their YouTube page have over 10,000 views.

He said, each video work out is an interactive experience.

Athletes can post their version of the workout on the Columbia Falls Wildcat Instagram page at wildcat.soccer.

Or to their Facebook page Columbia Falls High School Wildcat Soccer.

And then, Byrd said he can share each work out video.

"We can share it on our platform and then their friends get to see it," said Byrd. "And they get to see their friends Oh wow, Johnny did this today! Oh wow, Lisa completed day fourteen that's awesome. You know, it just kinda builds in synergy and the kids get to actually see each other again."

Byrd told MTN that they are about half way through the challenge.

If the thirty day days lapse and athletes are not able to participate in spring sports, he told MTN that the coaches will extend the challenge.