Shakespeare Hall in Newhaven gets cash boost

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A COMMUNITY building has received a £180,000 cash boost which will be used to offer more activities.

Shakespeare Hall in Newhaven will boast walking groups, healthy living classes and Friday night discos.

Money came from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme which aims to help those most in need.

Wave Leisure managing director Peter Crowley said: “We are thrilled to have been successful in procuring this funding for Newhaven and for Shakespeare Hall in particular.

“This has been a stringent bidding process and is reliant on a number of organisations demonstrating close partnership working and we will be judged on a number of specific outcomes; demonstrating the future value of all elements of the project.”

The not for profit trust said young people living in Newhaven would be instrumental in driving forward plans to re-establish a youth facility in the town.

Wave Leisure will receive £180,986 to revive the facility, based in Fort Road Recreation Ground.

It will form a part of a community hub which boasts a skate park, BMX course, outdoor green gym, cricket and bowls club.

During the next three years the money means the hall will offer lots more activities, including job training.

Volunteers will provide sports training in football, BMX, swimming and basketball and participants will have the opportunity to gain national qualifications in sporting activities, nutrition and IT. The funding will be used to create up to three posts for three years to develop, co-ordinate and deliver the initiative.