The SSE Airtricity League has lost one of its more dynamic leaders with confirmation that Larry Bass is stepping down as Chair of Cabinteely FC.

Bass has been involved with the club as a parent over a number of years and when a call came looking to see if he could lend some commercial expertise, it was one he met with enthusiasm.

Speaking to Sport for Business back in 2017 he explained the reason why the successful community and juvenile club had decided to get involved in the League.

“Cabinteely is a great community club and we want to retain that link to local spirit as we compete at national level with our senior team and within the new structures of elite underage football introduced by UEFA.”

“That was what prompted the club to go for SSE Airtricity League status three years ago and while it was not a universally welcomed step up the benefits will be for all of our players in the years to come.”

The introduction of U19 and U17 national leagues, prompted by UEFA to provide a more solid and local base for developing players was the spark to go for League membership.

“With those Leagues coming we were faced with a choice of seeing our best players have to look elsewhere to further their career or give them the opportunity to do that in the same community from which they developed their love of the game.”

“We reached agreement with Blackrock College Rugby Club to share their facilities at Stradbrook and welcomed over 1,600 fans to our first game, a memorable win against the eventual Division One Champions that season in Wexford Youths.”

“We progressed one place off the bottom of the division in year two and we have the ambition to go much further now that we are finding our feet.”

In 2017 they came sixth of eight teams, then seventh of ten in 2018 and in 2019 they finished fourth and qualified for the play-offs.

Bass has overseen that progress with an understanding of the game but also with an experience of building a business as he did in the ‘day job’ with Shinawil Productions. Dancing With the Stars and Home of the Year were two popular shows that took off in parallel with the involvement at Cabinteely and eventually, through the challenges of the last year it was time that eventually forced a choice to be made.

In a statement issued via social media, Bass said:

“I have been privileged and honoured to serve as your Chairman in Cabinteely FC for over five years. We have built the club into one of the top clubs not just here in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, but one of the best in Ireland, creating a new vision for Cabinteely FC, bringing it onto the next chapter in what will be hopefully great success.”

“I passionately believe in volunteering in your community and Cabinteely is well served by many volunteers who work incredibly hard each and every day to keep the show on the road. However the role of Chairman has become an increasingly full-time occupation, requiring more quality time, time I also need to apply to my own business and family during this difficult time, so, therefore, I have come to the difficult decision to stand down from the board of this great club.”

“I look forward to being an ordinary member and supporter in the future, in the meantime, please all stay safe.”

Bass was elected to the Finance Committee of the FAI in 2020 and raised questions about the Independent directors during a fractious year for the Association.

He has been a smart voice around the sport, creating a solid base for Cabinteely without ever risking the community base of the club. He will be missed from the top table.

 

Sport for Business Partners