Ken Bradwell, a lifelong football player, was well known in the soccer community. With his unfortunate passing, his friends and family host the Ken Bradwell Annual Soccer Tournament in his memory to support and raise money for the local Hospitals. This year, the Tournament raised 50% more than last year for a total of $16,167.84.
Ken started playing soccer in his home town of Denton, Manchester. After moving to Toronto, he played with the Bank of Nova Scotia, followed by the Rolls Royce in Montreal, Pointe Claire Reds, Midland Ross, Pointe Claire Wanderers, Greendale followed by Kirkland United. In 1997, after moving to Ontario, he joined the Burlington Soccer League, where he played until his heart attack in 2006. The decline in his health ended his playing career and he began coaching the Wanderers F.C. team from the Burlington Soccer League until 2015 when he became too ill to carry on. Ken’s brave journey ended in 2016, and in his memory, the Ken Bradwell Soccer Tournament was born.
The tournament is held annually on the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend each year with the support of the Burlington OldTimers Soccer Club and the Burlington Soccer Club (formerly Burlington Soccer League). The tournament focuses on raising funds for Joseph Brant Hospital (new patient room) and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (cardiac examination room equipment). Donations may also be made to the Juravinski Cancer Centre, where Ken was followed for Indolent Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, with which he was diagnosed in 2005.
Thank you to all the players and volunteers that work hard to make this Tournament a success year after year.