Former Windsor girl Rebecca Nolin, 27, who played for Slough Ladies, Caversham Ladies and was captain of Chelsea Ladies, has joined the ranks of Atlanta Beat, a women's team based in Georgia which plays in Women's Professional Soccer.
The former St Edwards's School and Princess Margaret Royal Free pupil, who used to work in Daniel department store in Windsor, won a three-year football scholarship at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta and now plays home games at the Kennesaw stadium. Mum Lynn Higginbottom, of Princess Avenue, Windsor, could not be more proud.
She said: "Becca was just football mad. She lives in America and is married to Matt and now she has finally achieved her dream and become a professional footballer. She had her first pro game on Sunday, which was a draw. It is her dream come true, we have backed her absolutely every single step of the way. She never thought that she would actually become a proper professional footballer but finally she is now an international. If she can do it, anybody can put their mind to it."
Kimberly McClenn played with Rebecca at Slough Ladies. She said: "I have played with Becca since we were about 12. We would play football every chance we got. She's a very aggressive player and always gives everything for the team. She's strong and has a great shot on her and is very good with her head. She's a great leader and friend."
Rebecca previously played for the Kennesaw Owls, which was the university team, and for the Atlanta Silverbacks, a semi-professional club.
Dad John, sister Marnie, 28, and brother James, 25, are all extremely proud and look forward to her visits once a year. Mrs Higginbottom said: "We are proud as punch with her, that she has done something she set her heart on when she was seven years old."