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William “blown away” by youth-led charity visit


The Duke of Cambridge showcased his ping pong skills and fed goats on a charity visit that left him “blown away”.

William was visiting CATCH, a youth-run charity based in the Harehills area of ​​Leeds, which helps young people in communities with high levels of anti-social behavior.

The center offers pool tournaments, computer games, movie nights, sports activities, a gymnasium, polytunnels where horticulture can be taught and a community café open to the public.

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The Duke of Cambridge played table tennis during his visit to CATCH (Phil Noble / PA)

CATCH – which stands for Community Action To Create Hope – offers a weekly activity session for evacuated children from Afghanistan, giving young refugees the opportunity to socialize and integrate in a relaxed setting.

William learned how the young people and volunteers, members of CATCH, themselves built the community center six years ago with a disused mobile booth that belonged to the West Yorkshire Police.

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William helped feed the goats at the site (Phil Noble / PA)

He also watched some of the activities that took place, played table tennis, fed the goats and heard how CATCH had transformed the lives of young people who otherwise faced an uncertain future.

William said: “I was blown away by the visit. It is an incredible achievement what all of you have done here.

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The Duke stroked a goat named Hercules (Phil Noble / PA)

“You worked together, you don’t know each other, don’t speak English and you got together – you can’t be proud of. “

He presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the organization and said: “You should be proud of yourself.”