Harper Beckham has started training at the English National Ballet.

The five-year-old daughter of retired soccer player David Beckham and fashion designer Victoria Beckham has taken up dancing at the prestigious ballet school, where her 41-year-old dad takes her every week.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ''David and Victoria have entered Harper into the English National Ballet. She goes every week and David takes her to training himself and hangs out with the other dads there. It's really sweet.

''Harper is of the age now where she is trying loads of different things but she really loves going to ballet.

''There really is no better place for her to learn than the English National Ballet. It's up there with the most distinguished ballet schools in the world. Both David and Victoria love watching her perform and helping her practise too.''

The news comes after 42-year-old Victoria - who also has three sons, 17-year-old Brooklyn, 14-year-old Romeo, and 11-year-old Cruz, with her husband - previously expressed concerns that none of her children wanted to follow in her fashion footsteps.

She said: ''[Harper] loves fashion, you know, as all little girls do . . . but she loves sports. She said to me the other day 'Mummy, I think I want to play football.'

''Dagger through the heart! I have three boys that want to play football, you know, come on, let one of them want to be into fashion or dance.''

And Harper doesn't have to worry about making friends at ballet school, as former Spice Girl Victoria previously claimed her daughter was ''very sociable'' and made friends easily.

She said: ''[Harper] works very hard at school and is very sociable, so has a lot of friends. She has a better social life than I do! My children are all very happy and that's the most crucial thing - they are happy, confident and secure in themselves.''