Helensburgh FC 2010s are buzzing for the new season after a very successful debut campaign in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League – capped by their club captain signing for Glasgow City.

The team of local boys and girls competed in GADYFL Under 13s Division 3 in 2022/23, their first full season playing competitive 11-a-side football, finishing a credible fifth place out of 16 teams.

This week they are continuing preparations for a new season in Under14s Division 3 as they aim to finish higher - and possibly even gain promotion to Division 2.

Last season featured many highlights as the young Burgh side recovered from a slow start to establish themselves as one of the best teams in the league, winning 19 out of 30 games and scoring more than 100 league goals in the process.

A number of players caught the eye - perhaps none more so than centre half and club captain Imogene McGeachy, whose consistent form was so impressive she was eventually scouted by a number of leading girls’ teams.

Following a successful trial with Glasgow City, Imogene signed for the Under 14s team of the club in the spring and has impressed her new coaches and team-mates.

The contribution of Imogene and fellow female player Ellisia Kennedy, who also departed the club in the summer due to other commitments, was recognised at the club’s end of season awards night when both received Special Recognition Awards for their services to Helensburgh FC 2010s and championing the women's game locally.

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Elsewhere on awards night, centre-half Jack Berry swept the board with all three player of the season awards chosen by players, coaches and parents.

Imogene’s successor as club captain, Rory Moyes, won the top scorer award, while winger Jack Robinson was voted most improved player and midfielder Rory Hemsworth won best goal of the season.

The focus is now on a new season with the coaching team of David Young, Doug Moyes and Brian McKenna, supported by volunteers, preparing Helensburgh FC 2010s for a new league and cup campaign - which starts with a League Cup group match away to Victoria Park this Friday.

The team warmed up with a 4-1 friendly win over Johnstone Burgh at Hermitage Academy on Sunday morning, thanks to a Noah Nicholls brace and goals from Xavier McKenna and Robinson.

Helensburgh FC 2010s manager David Young said: “We enjoyed a brilliant season in 2022/23 which is all down to the hard work of the players, who have played together for many years now.

"They show great commitment training twice a week and then giving their all on matchdays, which was reflected by the ever-improving results they enjoyed on the pitch.

“Imogene deserves to be highlighted as a fantastic role model for all boys and girls at her age in showing what can be achieved if you continue to focus on developing and improving while always being a team player.

"We are all extremely proud of her achievement in joining a club like Glasgow City and can’t wait to see what her footballing future holds for her.

“Meantime everyone at Helensburgh FC 2010s is looking forward to a new season for which the team feels even more prepared than 12 months ago – making sure all players enjoy their football will continue to be at the heart of what we do.”