THE Novis Sport Academy will, for the first time, host an awards event for all the players signed under the academy. The awards will be held at Golden Horse Casino on December 13 from 6 pm. Nomusa Dlamini, who is the founder of the academy, told Echo that, with these awards, they want to show appreciation to the players and their parents and also encourage their players to always give of their best.Dlamini said she started the academy over a year ago because she wanted to help children become involved in sport. “I am a sportswoman, I played sport a lot when I was growing up and it helped me not to be involved in things like drugs and alcohol. It always kept me busy. I wanted to give the children of today the same thing, keep them busy with something good instead of them always roaming around the streets,” she said. Dlamini said her academy caters for children between the ages of 11 and 19.“Our focus is mostly on the children from the townships but everyone who wants to join is welcome. “This is my way of giving back to the community that always supported me when I was doing sport,” she said. The academy offers soccer and netball but Dlamini said next year they are adding basketball to their roster.