YOUNGSTERS who attend Nippers in Newhaven successfully secured £12,500 towards redeveloping Shakespeare Hall.
The grant from East Sussex YouthBank will be used for installing CCTV, exterior lighting, security doors and repairing and redecorating the building.
The bid was complied by Amy, Ben, Holly, Mercedes and Rhea who all attend the scheme on a regular basis.
Nippers chairperson Pam Perry said: “We are really proud of the group who have helped to secure this money.
“They wrote, submitted and presented the bid themselves and are all passionate about the future of the hall and Nippers.”
Wave Leisure managing director Peter Crowley added: “This is a great start to the new lease of life that Shakespeare Hall has been given.
“The kids have demonstrated they have as much passion and commitment to the hall as the other partners and we look forward to developing the activities on offer for the whole community.”
Nippers operates out of Shakespeare Hall in Fort Road, offering after school and holiday activities.
Wave Leisure is a charitable company which manages leisure facilities around Lewes district. The hall faced closure earlier this year when the trustees could not attract enough customers to stay afloat, but was rescued when Wave Leisure stepped into the breach.
Money was also secured from Newhaven Town Council and Lewes District Council to make the rescue possible.
Wave plans to provide sports and activities at the venue, as well as revamp it.
It will also create a marketing plan to encourage greater use of the hall.