Leyton Sixth Form College has won the British Colleges Sport’s (BCS) award for London college of the year.

It comes after the college's involvement in a number of BCS leagues, cups and projects over the last year.

Successes have included the college's men's basketball team reaching the semi-finals of the BCS national championship, with the men's and mixed volleyball teams also making it to the same stage.

In addition a total of 16 Leyton students were regional champions in sports including volleyball, table tennis and badminton in the last year.

Two also BCS won awards - Denis Leramo for London Student of the Year for Sporting Performance and Maahir Subhani for London Student of the Year in Leadership and Volunteering.

Amy Rogers, PE and Sports Coordinator at the college, said: “We have viewed our involvement with BCS as an integral factor contributing to our department’s mission to establish a strong whole college sporting ethos.

"We are therefore extremely proud that the hard work of our students and staff has been recognised through these awards.”

Principal Kevin Watson added: “At a time when funding for extra-curricular activity in colleges has been reduced, Leyton continues to invest heavily in sport and other enrichment activities.

"Whether participation purely for fun, to work off the stresses and strains of study or else to compete at a high level, Leyton Sixth Form College believes that involvement in some kind of physical activity has overwhelmingly positive results for our students.

"It is hugely gratifying that our efforts have gained national recognition.”

The college and award-winning students will now go through to the national BCS awards, which take place later this month as part of College Sport Week.