SPIN-programme is a successful sports-based intervention programme for 10-18 year olds from areas with less opportunities for young people and high levels of youth crime. The main aim of the programme is to provide development opportunities and reduce antisocial behaviour amongst participating young people. The long-term aim is to reduce youth crime, build stronger communities, lower the rate of falling out of education and increase the number of young people moving into skilled labour force.
The programme brings together multiple stakeholders that work with the same goals, but don't necessarily cooperate daily otherwise (schools, the police, the local government, football clubs, private sector companies), thus creating a network to ensure the fulfilment of the programme's aims, also creating safer communities and being one of the community policing intervention examples.
Each season of the programme lasts from August to June and consists of three sessions per week for the target group young people (both boys and girls). SPIN involves two thirds of training and one third of developing social skills in a strategically planned set of workshops. From 2015 to 2018 the programme has reached over 800 target group young people in 5 different cities (Tallinn, Kohtla-Järve, Narva, Tartu and Rakvere).
The impact report shows that among all the young people that have participated for a full season in the programme there is an 8% improvement of results at school, a 6% improvement in behaviour. Over two years, the report shows a 12% improvement in self-control with decreases of 16% in impulsiveness and 18% in readiness to engage in risk behaviour.