As a result, HFCs continued their mutagenesis. Today, four people are employed, including civilian contracts, and more than 60 teachers oversee training, competitions and club life.
Several partnerships with local companies have brought very useful subsidies and the collaboration with Real Sociedad, a professional club from Gipuzkoa, has been renewed for three years.
The club is now well structured and has received a label of excellence from the French Football Federation and joins Pau FC and Avignon Bayonnes at this level in the division. It has also organized many competitions and events (tournaments, dinners for the 50th anniversary of the club, etc.) and it intervenes, thanks to its staff, in school campuses.
Of course, this encouraging development has consequences such as the need to enlarge changing rooms and deal with damage to equipment.
In sporting terms, the seniors had an outstanding season, as did the U18s, who reached the 64th final of the Gambardella Cup (French Youth Cup). Two young licensees, Maite Mendiburu and Patxi Idiarte, have also been voted among France’s best players in their category. The latter has also signed with Chamois Niortais club, whose professional group plays in Ligue 2.