OGDEN -- When Braxton Ferrin, 13, was looking around for an Eagle Scout project, he decided he wanted it to be related to his passion for soccer. He'd had the opportunity to play on a competition team for nine years, but he knew not everyone had that. So after looking at maybe revamping soccer fields and discussing a few other soccer-related ideas, he came up with the idea to make training videos and make them available to everyone.
Ferrin's father, Alan Ferrin, said that when Braxton first began researching available soccer training videos, there were a lot of YouTube videos, but none like what Braxton wanted to make.
"There was a bunch of stuff," said Alan, "But you don't know if they're licensed, or if it's just somebody off street that grabbed a camera."
That was why Braxton asked his coach, Travis Loftus, a state and nationally licensed trainer, and his U13 Rampage soccer team to help him make the videos. In the videos, Braxton, his teammates, and Loftus demonstrate warm-ups, defending techniques and drills, and passing and shooting drills and techniques.
After making the videos with his team and editing them, Braxton created a YouTube channel, Online Soccer Training, http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA9B667BB2FE671F5. He's also created a website, www.onlinesoccertraining.weebly.com to host the videos.
"I love to play soccer," said Braxton. "So I wanted to do something sports-related, and doing this project I could give back to the community."
Now Braxton said he's trying to get the word out about the videos so that coaches and players around the community will be able to learn from and use them.