SCHOOL pupils across the Wee County are invited to have a go at designing an outdoor health space for the Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School project.

Secondary school pupils can enter the competition to design the area, earning the opportunity to shadow the project’s architects and design team if they win.

The competition is open to S3 to S6 pupils and is run in partnership between Clacks Council and the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA).

Scott Harrison, spokesperson for sports, leisure and active living, said: “I am delighted to launch this competition for our young learners, giving them a chance to get involved in, and potentially make a mark on, one of Clackmannanshire’s most exciting and highly-anticipated projects to date.

“I would strongly encourage our young people to get involved and have a go at designing an outdoor space to complement the wonderful facilities planned at the Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School site.

“This really is a unique opportunity and I am sure it will be a hugely worthwhile learning experience for those that take part.”

Potential entrants should consider the accessibility of the design of the Alloa site so that the needs of users with diverse needs are met, while also encouraging active lifestyles and health and wellbeing.

Organisers are reminding those entering to consider materials used for any leisure or sporting facilities they propose. They will also need to show how their design concept will encourage biodiversity.

Ian Munro, rector of Dollar Academy and founder of FIDA, added: “I am really pleased that we have been able to collaborate with the council and other schools in Clackmannanshire on this exciting project.

“It will not only enable young people to build creative design skills but will also give them a voice in shaping a key facility that will bring benefits to the local community for generations to come.”

Councillor Harrison will sit on the judging panel alongside team members and architects from the Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School project.

The top five designs will take part in a half-day workshop with the design team, while the overall winner will be selected for a work-shadowing opportunity with the team over the following months.

The closing date for entries is January 12, 2024. Entries and additional info can be found at