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14 August 2015

Iron defender Scott Laird has hailed the club's community work, saying it is vital to reach out to the younger generation.

Laird was speaking at a Scunthorpe United summer soccer camp on Thursday, were youngsters received a chance to play and meet members of the Iron first team.

"I think it's important at every club, it's brilliant to get the fans involved," he told

"I used to love having the local professional football players come over and say hello, even if it was for five minutes."

The new signing says that it's crucial to reach out to the younger generation, as they're the ones who have the potential to be future fans or players.

"It's vital to reach out to the younger generation, because they're the next batch of supporters," he said.

"So if they can persuade their mums and dads to come through the gate, we have a good game and they get hooked, it's good for attendance.

"It's nice for us to come across and see the kids, answer a few questions and have a few pictures."

Laird also spoke of his own memories as a youngster growing up and how much he used to enjoy participating in such activities.

"It brings back good memories for me, I used to enjoy going to these camps down in Somerset," he explained.

"The Bristol City, Exeter or even Plymouth players would come across.

"I remember that feeling I would get when I saw those players and thinking that's what I want to do."

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