Belfast Has Balls

Pat Jennings and the National Lottery celebrate Northern Irish get-up-and-go

Legendary former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings OBE launched the Northern Ireland leg of the National Lottery’s Britain Has Balls Tour last week, which celebrates the great things ballsy people do with Lottery funding to support talent, charities and communities across the region.

Every week Lottery players raise £25 million for good causes and thousands of ballsy people in Northern Ireland have used National Lottery funding, plus a huge amount of hard work and dedication, to make a difference in their communities.

Their efforts to secure funding and their dedication to their projects help make Northern Ireland a better place for millions of people - so say the folks at Lottery HQ.

Jennings - from Newry, County Down - played for Northern Ireland in 119 matches (a record at the time) and in over 1,000 top level football games in a career that spanned 22 years. He stills holds the record for participations in World Cup competitions. 

At City Hall, Jennings tried his hand at something new as he joined in with a variety of activities demonstrated for the public by Lottery funded groups, including dancers from ArtsEkta and New Lodge Arts, a deaf choir from Hands That Talk, and a school group who will be performing a traditional Mummers play from the Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre.

Since the Lottery began over £850 million has been awarded to arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and environment projects in Northern Ireland.

Check out the video above to see Jennings in action, and visit for more information.