BARNSLEY College's sports academy has received two major accolades from the national governing body for college sport.

Barnsley claimed the British Colleges Sport 2013 regional college of the year award for Yorkshire and Humber as well as runner-up position in the national college of the year category, second only to Birmingham Met College.

Staff collected the prestigious prizes at this year's national conference and awards dinner in Staffordshire.

The college was recognised for its outstanding efforts in developing sports performance, leadership, officiating and volunteering.

Gavin Batty, director of sport and public services at the college, said: "These two awards recognise the outstanding achievements and efforts of both our student athletes and staff team, not just for this year, but for a number of years.

"Sport at Barnsley College continues to grow and flourish. Two years ago we were judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted and now we have been acknowledged yet again as being one of the top colleges in the country for our sports provision."