Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong has helped launch the new Teqball Centre in Belfast ©Street Soccer NI

A new Teqball Centre has been opened in Northern Ireland by a social enterprise that uses football to help people with issues such as homelessness, addiction, unemployment, mental health and social marginalisation.

The new Centre in Belfast was launched by former Northern Ireland footballer Gerry Armstrong, best known for his performances at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain when he scored the goal which beat the hosts 1-0.

It is the latest initiative by Street Soccer NI, a registered charity which uses football as an opportunity to engage people, especially those facing social problems.

Street Soccer NI believes that the new Teqball Centre will prove a popular addition to its portfolio.

"We are delighted to open the first Teqball Centre in Northern Ireland," Street Soccer NI chief executive Justin McMinn said.

"It is an exciting development for the new sport, suitable for professional footballers and amateur enthusiasts.

"It’s already popular with our Street Soccer players and I know others will enjoy the game."

Armstrong, who played 63 times for Northern Ireland and scored 12 goals, enthusiastically took part in demonstrations.

"It is great to see this new sport begin to take off in Northern Ireland," the 67-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur and Watford player said.

"It’s an innovation that can only help with skill and technique.

"It’s all positive."