Western Province U18 Craven Week coach Faizel Adam passed away earlier this week following a long battle with illness.
Adam, who passed away on his 50th birthday, was an inspirational Life Science teacher at Florida High in Ravensmead and started the school’s rugby programme. He was also involved in rugby coaching at both Durbanville-based schools Fairmont High and Durbanville High.
He became involved in the Western Province Rugby youth structures in 2013, when he was appointed assistant coach of the WP U16 Grant Khomo Week team.
He went on to take up the role of assistant coach of the WP U18 Academy Week team in 2014 and from 2015 to 2017 he served as assistant Ccach of the WP U18 Craven Week side.
In 2018 and 2019, Adam was the head coach of the WP U18 Craven Week team, which went unbeaten in both tournaments under his stewardship.
In addition to his extensive involvement in youth rugby, Adam also made a significant impact in club rugby as forwards coach of the Tygerberg RFC second XV between 2009 to 2010, then as forwards coach of the Bellville Rugby Club from 2015 to 2016.
In a statement, the Western Province Rugby Football Union said that the union together with the wider rugby community is mourning the sad loss of Adam.
WPRFU President Zelt Marais said that Adam’s impact on the rugby community was immense and his loss will be mourned by all who came into contact with him.
‘We have lost a truly inspirational rugby man, who has made such a positive impact in the lives of everyone he knew,’ Marais said.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this very difficult time of mourning. Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Adam family and friends, as well as the wider Western Province rugby fraternity, which has lost a selfless son,’