CATCH was formally constituted as a community group in January 2011 with support from Voluntary Action Leeds. The group was made up of police officers, school staff and members of the community. The group’s main aim at this time was to focus on the development of the land and raise the necessary funds to create a much-needed community green space which could be used for sports.
CATCH also started to focus on issues surrounding local young people. It was apparent there was a lack of youth engagement taking place, the area was also short on youth provisions and positive role models. Young people were being drawn into crime and anti-social behaviour. After consulting with a number of young people CATCH created a programme of youth activities utilising local parks and public spaces.
During the course of 2011, CATCH was able to engage with hundreds of young people in sports and diversionary activities working in partnership with Leeds City Council and local schools.