Katie, a midfielder, previously played at the Charlton Athletic Centre of Excellence, for Australian side Melbourne Fusion, and for MPS Lady Crusaders in the American state of Massachusetts.
She made her Premier League debut in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup group stage. West Ham United FC, which is fourth in the table, announced her arrival on their website: “West Ham supporter Sheppard made her Hammers debut in Sunday’s 2-2 FA Women’s Premier League Cup group stage draw with Colchester – a result that knocked Julia Setford’s side out of the competition.”
Katie said: “To play for the team I have supported since I was born is a dream. It actually means something when you pull on the shirt and play the teams that the men’s team play. Scoring my first goal for them was indescribable.”
Katie, whose favourite player is Jack Collison from West Ham, is currently in her second year at St Mary’s and is looking at progressing to university to study Sports Therapy.
Mr Bell-Nevin, Curriculum Leader for Physical Education at the College, said: “This is great news for Katie. Her ability to complete her course to the highest standard while playing at the top level in her sport are a credit to her.”
Katie sometimes represents Christ the King College: St Mary’s in ladies football tournaments.
Christ the King would like to congratulate Katie on her outstanding achievement.
Click here to view West Ham United’s announcement of Katie’s arrival.