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Upgraded Tennis Courts in Stoke on Trent, Improvements to Mental Health Services in Staffordshire

Written by on 13 May 2024

This summer promises to give tennis fans access to some of the best tennis courts around, with over a quarter of a million pounds of investment across six stunning parks in Stoke-on-Trent – and just in time for Wimbledon.

The City Council wants to encourage as many people as possible to take up the sport and is offering free sessions as the summer season sets in.

In total, four courts have been renovated in Hanley Park; three in both Bucknall Park and Queen’s Park Longton; and two courts each in Burslem Park; Mount Pleasant Park Fenton and Tunstall Park.

The improvements come as part of the Park Tennis Project, a nationwide investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation to refurbish public tennis courts and open the sport to many more people.


The NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been working with local patients, staff, interested groups and partners to understand how mental health services could be designed and is launching a series of public conversations to continue that discussion.

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System’s priority is to deliver quality mental healthcare for patients in their own home or community whenever possible, rather than in hospital.  This model of care is based on the latest clinical evidence, which shows this approach gives patients the best possible outcomes.

A series of four online events will be held in June to find out people’s views about how mental health services are currently designed and provided, how they are accessed and what the services could look like in the future.

Three of the events are for the whole Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent community, with a special event organised only for the learning disability community within the county.

Events are being held on:

  • Event 1 – Tuesday 4 June, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. (Registration for event 1 on Tuesday 4 June 2024 will close at 11 pm on Sunday 2 June 2024)
  • Event 2 – Wednesday 5 June, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Note this event is for the learning disability community only (Registration for event 2 on Wednesday 5 June 2024 will close at 4 pm on Monday 3 June 2024)
  • Event 3 – Wednesday 5 June, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. (Registration for event 3 on Wednesday 5 June 2024 will close at 4 pm on Monday 3 June 2024)
  • Event 4 – Thursday 6 June, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. (Registration for event 4 on Thursday 6 June 2024 will close at 4 pm on Tuesday 4 June 2024).

To attend one of the online events above, visit the ICB website to register, ensuring that you select the most appropriate event for you, and indicate if you will require translation or interpretation support during the event.